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Member Education Bursary

Who Qualifies?

This fund is open to all active members, including employed student nurses.

​What Courses Qualify? 

  • Post-basic clinical seminars, programs or conferences
  • Courses to enhance specific skills 
  • Courses to allow a change in practice (e.g. long-term care nurses moving to acute care)
  • Specialty training 
  • Career laddering (e​g. PCA to LPN, LPN to RN)
  • Courses leading to a post-secondary nursing degree  
  • English upgrading 
  • ​Upg​rading relevant computer skills
  • Canadian Nurses Association first-time course and exam. Recertification course or exam will not be eligible.

    * Other courses may also qualify. Contact BCNU for more information.
How to Apply
​​Members must approach their employer first to seek other funding. If the course is a job requirement your employer must pay the costs (see your PCA Article 35 or Public Service Master Agreement Article 23.01).​
​Funds are for education expenses in the current calendar year only (eg. if the conference or course is in 2021, you can only apply in 2021).  However, if your course starts anytime after the September 15 intake but is still in the same year, you must apply by no later than September 15 to be considered. Your social insurance number (SIN) is required for income tax purposes.
Please complete the online application to apply for this fund.
  • NOTE: to access the form, you must login to the BCNU Member Portal. If you have not yet registered, please sign up now.  Application deadlines are April 15 and September 15 of each year.
Funds are only for tuition, related textbooks, conference registration and mandatory course fees. ​​Travel and any other expenses will not be reimbursed.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Member Education Bursary email at
Award Process
The maximum award will be based on the funds available.​

Applications open in early January of each year. There are two deadlines per year: April 15 and September 15.

The BCNU Bursary Committee reviews applications each May and October to determine eligibility and approve/deny requests. Decisions of the Committee are final.
​Preference will be given to first time appli​​cants.​  If you have applied for and received funding from this bursary in the past, you are not eligible to apply again.  

Approval letters will be sent by email in mid-May and mid-October, after each respective application deadline. Please ensure you check your junk mail folders as well.
Successful applicants must complete and mail to BCNU an expense form and verify their enrolment in a qualifying program (verification can include a letter from the educational institution, verification of fees or tuition paid or a transcript). 

Approval of expenses is based on the course(s)/conference(s) described in your application. Only receipts relating to the application submitted will be accepted.

Updated: 9/16/2021 9:06 AM

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