External Funding

External Funding

Students and families are encouraged to search for financial aid from external (non-Quest) sources as well. The most common options for external student aid are:

  • Government student financial aid programs
  • Private student financial aid programs
  • Awards from community organization & businesses

In all cases where students receive loans or grants form external organizations it is critical to read and understand your agreement (contract) with the funding provider.  The rules of the funding provider supersede those of Quest.  For example: Quest, in certain situations, allows students to take a Block of leave (time off from studies). Most external programs, particularly governmental, do not allow breaks in study.  Failure to follow the funding provider’s rules typically requires repayment of the funds and may make the student ineligible for future funds.  The FAO can help students navigate these programs.

Government Student Aid

Government student aid is financial assistance for eligible students provided by federal and/or provincial governments. Funding may consist of loans, grants, awards, or a combination of these. Quest is an approved post-secondary institution authorized to administer government student aid from all Canadian provinces and territories as well as certain programs from the United States of America. Students from the Netherlands and Norway have also received loans or grants to study at Quest.

The government student loan program you apply for will depend on the residency requirements as set by each program. For example, if you have relocated to BC from another province, you would typically apply to the program in your ‘home’ province or territory.

Canadian Government Student Financial Assistance Programs

Students from BC

BC residence, as defined by the program, apply through StudentAid BC. When students apply, they will be assessed for both BC and Federal Government funding which may include loans and grants.

Visit this link for full details on the Student Aid BC program.

Important Tips for StudentAid BC Applications

  • Students must apply to StudentAid BC term-by-term – one application for each Fall Term and one application for each Spring Term. Exact dates are available on the Term Calendar found on this website.
  • StudentAid BC typically opens their application in mid-June for each Academic Year. Students should apply as early as possible for the Fall Term as it can take up to two months for the entire processing cycle.
  • Awarded funding is not disbursed before the start of classes. Students can explore Quest’s Tuition Payment Deferral Form found on the Quest Portal.

IMPORTANT: When considering taking time away from Quest (i.e. Academic Leave, Exchange, Experiential Learning, Language Programs, and Non-Academic Leave) it is always important to consider the impact on one’s loans and/or grants. Students should check with their funding provider for details on their situation. Students are also encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss their situation as it relates to Quest and external funding.
Financial Aid Office: financial.aid@questu.ca

U.S. Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Quest University Canada is a United States Department of Education Title IV approved institution. This gives eligible Quest students access to Federal Student Aid (FSA) funding through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. This program includes Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized loans as well as Direct PLUS loans for parents of dependent students.

It is strongly recommended that if you are going to apply for FAFSA that you notify Quest’s Financial Aid Office in advance: financial.aid@questu.ca. The average processing time for a successfully completed FAFSA and/or Direct PLUS application is six weeks.

IMPORTANT: there are many rules and regulations which govern your loan agreement with US Federal Student Aid. Below are two critical rules to be aware of, but please familiarize yourself with all of FSA’s regulations.

1. Recipients of Federal Student Aid must receive all elements of their degree from Title IV institutions (Federal Regulation 34 CFR 600.54). “Title IV Institutions” are those that have been approved by the US Department of Education. This means that FSA recipients will not be able to attend some of Quest’s Exchange or Language Partner schools. Not all of our partners are Title IV. When students begin to plan their Exchange or Language course, it is highly recommended that they make an appointment with Quest’s Financial Aid Office for advise on their options.

2. Recipients of Federal Student Aid, studying at a foreign institution (i.e. Quest) may not receive any part of their degree from institutions in the USA (Federal Regulation CFR 34.600.52). This means that FSA recipients may not attend Exchange Partners, Language Partners, Field Courses, Experiential Learning courses etc., located in the USA.

These regulations apply the entire time students have a loan. Even if the student is not receiving any funding, in a particular term or year, they must still adhere to these regulations.

Important Note: Perkins Loans, Pell Grants and some other forms of US Federal Student Aid are not available to students attending foreign institution such as Quest. Therefore, these types of aid cannot be utilized by Quest students.

How to Apply

Important Note: When students complete their FAFSA online, the auto-response will indicate that Quest will be notified of their submission. However, as Quest is a foreign school, students are required to complete the additional steps noted below before Quest’s Financial Aid Office becomes aware of their application submission:

Documents to Address for FAFSA for a Foreign School
• FAFSA Application
• Master Promissory Note (MPN) for FAFSA student applicant
• FAFSA Student Entrance Counselling (for 1st time borrowers)
• Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) online interview (link below)
• Direct PLUS Loan Application (optional) for parents of dependent students
• Direct PLUS Credit Check where there is a PLUS application
• Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note (PLUS MPN) where there is a PLUS application

Quest University Canada School Code: G40753

FAFSA Links:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/

U.S. Federal Student Aid including Loan Maximums: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

Virtual Financial Aid Office (Interview): https://questu.vfao.com/

Managing Your U.S. Federal Student Aid:
National Student Loan Data System: https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/public/Home.do

FSA Appointed Servicers / Lenders: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/understand/servicers

Quest Consumer Information Disclosures

Appendix 1.0 – 2018-2019_Quest_SAP Policy

Appendix 2.0 – 2018-2019_Quest_R2T4 Policy

Appendix 3.0 – 2018-2019_Quest Title IV Exit Counseling

Appendix 4.0 – 2018-2019_Quest Copyright Policy

Appendix 5.0 – 2018-2019_ Quest Fire Safety Report 2018

U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA)

Quest is an approved U.S. VA institution. Quest students who have applied to VA must advise Quest’s Financial Aid Office as we do not receive an electronic application notification. Please refer to this link for information and how to apply: https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/

Sallie Mae (U.S. Student Loan Products)

Quest is an approved Sallie Mae institution. Please refer to this link for information and how to apply: https://www.salliemae.com/

International Students

International students outside Canada and the United States are encouraged to explore student financial aid supports in their home country including government student aid. Quest International students may also apply for Quest Bursary and Quest Work-Study Program.

External Awards (Non-Quest)

Scholarship, bursary, and award opportunities featured below are not administered by Quest University. This information is intended for reference only. Quest University is not responsible for information contained on any third-party websites. Students are responsible for applying directly to a selected competition. Quest University does not endorse any particular external award competition. This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change.

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