University Programs

University Programs

Cowichan Tribes has placed great importance on increasing the participation and success rates of Cowichan Tribes members in Post-Secondary education and training. It is through education and training that we can support capacity building towards Self-Government. We are committed to financially supporting post-secondary education and training.
Cowichan Tribes is responsible for the development of operating policy and guidelines to guide the administration of the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and the University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEP) for Cowichan Tribes.
The policy guides Quw’utsun Syuw’entst Lelum’ in assessing the eligibility of students to receive financial assistance to attend accredited eligible post-secondary institutions in an eligible program of study. The policy has been ratified by Chief and Council and applies to all students seeking financial assistance from Cowichan Tribes. The Policy has been designed to be consistent with the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) National Program Guidelines.

Key Documents: Sponsorship & Award Application Forms

September 2024 intake (fall semester): Deadline for application is May 15, 2024
January 2025 intake (winter semester): Deadline for application is September 27, 2024

September 2024 Intake (Fall semester): Deadline for application is May 15, 2024
January 2025 Intake (Winter semester): Deadline for application is September 27, 2024



Post-Secondary Advisor
Ph. 250-715-1022 Ext. 7012

Post-Secondary Administrative Assistant
Ph. 250-715-1022

Submit funding applications to: 

Submit invoices and receipts for students and other business with the department to

Funding dollars are committed each year in the following priority:

1) Continuing students – students already sponsored through the PSSSP or UCEP 

2) Recent high school graduates – who are graduating in the same year that they are applying for sponsorship

3) New Applicants

4) Wait listed students are those who were eligible but not sponsored in the past due to limited funding

5) Returning students – students who have stepped away from their studies and now wish to return

6) Students accepted into the UCEP program at a grade 11 level or higher.

7) Students who have not maintained good standing.

Workshops are not funded.