University and College Entrance Preparation Program

University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP) aims to enable First Nations students to attain the academic level required for entrance into degree and diploma credit programs, as prioritized and directed by First Nations.

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About the program

This program provides non-repayable financial support for First Nations (registered Indian) students who are enrolled in accepted university and college entrance preparation programs.

The results of this program will enable First Nations students to achieve levels of post-secondary education comparable to non-Indigenous students in Canada.

Funding for this program is provided to First Nations or First Nations-designated organizations as part of core funding agreements with Indigenous governments and organizations.

Eligible recipients are responsible for determining the selection criteria and funding allocations in accordance with the provisions of their funding agreement and national program guidelines.

Eligible costs covered by the program may include:

Who can apply

Status First Nations post-secondary students who maintain satisfactory academic standing within an eligible post-secondary institution.

Funding is limited and not all students may be funded. Partial funding may be provided. Applications are valid for 1 school year only.

For more information, contact your local band office or your Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional office.

Inuit students who formerly received funding through UCEPP should apply through the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy.


Please contact your local band office or ISC regional office for information on deadlines to apply for funding.

How to apply

First Nations students who want to pursue post-secondary studies and access available funding programs should contact their local band office or ISC regional office.

For more information, consult Post-Secondary Student Support Program and University and College Entrance Preparation Program: National Guidelines 2023 to 2024.

National program guidelines for previous year

Additional federal assistance for Indigenous students

Other resources for financial assistance:

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