Frequently Asked Questions

Entrance Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Top 3 Questions

I received a scholarship which covers "tuition and fees". What does this mean?

The Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship (USES) covers course Tuition, Supplementary Fees and Mandatory Supplementary Course Fees to complete your first undergraduate degree. Your first undergraduate degree can include various combinations including Major/Minor/Honours/Joint Majors. For domestic students, this can translate to around $27,000 and for international students to around $130,000. However, the exact amount depends on and matches the cost of the program(s) of study and the cost of tuition at the time. It also accounts for any annual increases to your tuition and fees.

Supplementary Fees include fees that all undergraduate students are expected to pay during the course of their studies, including fees such as Student Services and Recreation-Athletics Fees, and Simon Fraser Student Society’s Student Activity Fees, among others. These fees amount to around $475 per term for a full-time student. Fees not covered by USES include Co-op fees, medical insurance, extended health and dental benefits and other Special Fees.

This scholarship will continue supporting recipients until they have completed their first undergraduate degree at SFU. SFU’s tuition and fees are outlined on our website.

How will I receive my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

When you enroll in classes in July, your tuition and all SFU fees will show up on your student account, which you will be able to see using goSFU (go.sfu.ca).

Your scholarship eligibility will be reviewed right before the start of your first term, and you will receive an email from our office at that point informing you that your scholarship status has been reviewed and updated on your Student Centre.

Your SFU funding will be placed on your SFU student account during the 2nd week of classes - prior to the deadline to pay tuition and student fees - as long as you continue to meet the scholarship eligibility requirements.

The funding will be calculated and applied to your SFU student account based on your enrollment at the time. You will be responsible for ensuring any remaining balance owing on your student account is paid prior to the payment deadline. Late fees are only charged on the balance remaining after the scholarship payment has been placed on your account.

I was offered the Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship, but I cannot see it on my Student Centre. How can I accept my scholarship? 

These Transfer Scholarships are awarded to SFU applicants automatically as part of their admission if their admission GPA is 3.70 or higher. You do not need to accept this scholarship and it will not appear on your Student Centre until the beginning of your first term. 

Your scholarship eligibility will be reviewed right before the start of your first term and you will receive an email from our office at that point informing you that your scholarship status has been reviewed and updated on your Student Centre.

No action is required on your part except to:

  • enroll in a minimum of 12 units, and
  • maintain a minimum of 3.70 admission GPA on your final marks from your previous institution

If you continue to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria, the Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship will be placed on your account in week two (2) of classes of your first term at SFU, which is before the tuition fees are due.

Accepting your Offer

1. I received an entrance financial aid offer. Where do I find the Terms of Reference and how do I accept or decline my offer?

You can view the Terms of Reference and accept or decline your offer through your Student Centre. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your Student Centre at applicant.sfu.ca.
  2. Select the “View Financial Aid and Awards” link under the Finances section.
  3. Select the year.
  4. Select the “ACCEPT/DECLINE AWARDS” button. Either button will link you to the next step.
  5. Review the instructions. Click on the scholarship/award/bursary name to view the Terms of Reference. You may wish to print a copy for your records.
  6. Once you have reviewed the Terms of Reference, select “Return to Previous Page”.  The Terms of Reference will remain on your Student Centre for future referral.
  7. Provide your decision by selecting the Accept or Decline checkbox.
  8. Select the “SUBMIT” button.
  9. Confirm the submission and then select “OK”.

Need more information? View screenshots for accepting the offer.

2. How can I view the status of my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

You can log into your Student Centre to view the status of financial aid you receive by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to your Student Centre (SIS)
  2. In the finances section, click on “Student Aid & Award Profile”
  3. Click on the tab along the top that says “FA Term Selection Detail”
  4. Click on “view term details” – if your entrance scholarship, award, or bursary consists of more than one payment, this will show you the value of the payment for that term only, not the total value.

This is the best way for you to check the status of any scholarships, awards, or bursaries that you receive now or in the future.

3. If I receive an entrance funding offer that is higher in value from a competing institution, will you match or exceed the offer?

No, we do not match entrance funding offers. 

4. Can I have multiple entrance scholarships, awards or bursaries?

If you have been offered two SFU entrance scholarships, you will only receive the one with the higher value. Students may have SFU entrance bursaries and awards in addition to entrance scholarships.

SFU does not restrict you from having additional external scholarships in addition to an SFU entrance scholarship; however, check with the external donor if they have any restrictions.

Maintaining your Entrance Scholarship/Award/Bursary Eligibility

5. What final admission evaluation range/IB Diploma score must I maintain in order to keep my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary offer?

Your final grades must meet the academic requirements to maintain admission to your program of study for the Fall term.

Entrance Scholarship recipients whose final grades are not in the 90% range in courses required for their primary program or 31 IB points will be contacted by the Financial Aid and Awards office for additional requirements. The minimum requirement for awards and most bursaries is final grades in the 80% range or the IB diploma score required for admission into your primary program. Predicted bonus points are not considered in the calculation.

For information on eligibility requirements for your 2nd term onwards, please review your Terms of Reference or the Regulations page.

6. How many units do I have to enroll in to receive my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

Entrance Scholarships:

You must be enrolled in 12 units throughout the SFU term in order to receive your funding. If you enroll in fewer than 12 units, your scholarship payment will automatically be deferred; however, your academic performance on any SFU work attempted will be considered for future scholarship eligibility.

Entrance Awards/Bursaries

You must be enrolled in 9 units throughout the SFU term in order to receive your funding. If you enroll in fewer than 9 units, your scholarship payment will automatically be deferred; however, your academic performance on any SFU work attempted will be considered for future scholarship eligibility.

7. I have a disability. Am I eligible to receive my payment at a reduced course load?

Students registered with SFU’s Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) are eligible for a reduced course load. A reduced course load is enrollment in a minimum of 6 or more units of standard graded courses. You must meet all other eligibility requirements of your scholarship/award/bursary.


To register with SFU's Centre for Accessible Learning, please visit their website for their contact information.

Scholarship Coverage and Perks

8. Will my scholarship cover co-op terms?

No, the Co-op application fee and Co-op tuition fees are not covered by scholarships. During a co-op term, your scholarship will be automatically deferred to a future term when you meet the eligibility criteria again. You are responsible for covering the co-op fees. 

9. Will my scholarship cover study abroad terms?

Yes, the scholarship covers study abroad terms that are administered by SFU’s International Services for Students (ISS) as follows:

Full-time exchange programs where SFU tuition is charged and a minimum 12 units are earned. Direct-pay Exchange and Short-term Summer programs are not covered by scholarship funding.

Full term Field Schools in which a minimum 12 units are earned.

10. Do I have priority for course enrollment?

Entrance Scholarships

As an entrance scholarship student, you have priority course enrollment access for as long as you hold your SFU entrance scholarship. For the Fall term, course enrollment takes place in July. You will be notified about your course enrollment date via email in June, and it will also be posted on your Student Centre. Please see our guide to enrolling in classes.

Entrance Awards/Bursaries

Recipients are not eligible for priority course enrollment.

Entrance Scholarship, Award, and Bursary Payments

11. How will I receive my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

When you enroll in classes in July, your tuition and all SFU fees will show up on your student account, which you will be able to see using goSFU (go.sfu.ca).

Your scholarship eligibility will be reviewed right before the start of your first term, and you will receive an email from our office at that point informing you that your scholarship status has been reviewed and updated on your Student Centre.

Your SFU funding will be placed on your SFU student account during the 2nd week of classes - prior to the deadline to pay tuition and student fees - as long as you continue to meet the scholarship eligibility requirements.

The funding will be calculated and applied to your SFU student account based on your enrollment at the time. You will be responsible for ensuring any remaining balance owing on your student account is paid prior to the payment deadline. Late fees are only charged on the balance remaining after the scholarship payment has been placed on your account.

12. What expenses can my funding offer cover?

Your funding is applied towards any outstanding balance on your SFU student account such as tuition, student fees, U-Pass, residence, and meal plan. The funding doesn't cover textbooks or other supplies as these require traditional methods of tender: cash, debit, and credit. However, if your funding exceeeds the outstanding balance on your SFU student account, you will be issued a refund after the 6th week of classes. It is then up to you to use the money as you wish.

13. What happens if there is money left over once my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary is placed in my SFU student account?

If your funding covers all of the fees on your account and you have extra funds remaining – these will be available to you in the form of a refund after the 6th week of classes. We strongly encourage all students to set up Direct Deposit administered through the Student Accounts Office in order to receive their refunds as soon as possible. There are no stipulations on how you use your refund.

14. I am eligible for an SFU Employee Tuition Waiver. Can I combine my entrance scholarship/award/bursary with the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver?

It depends on what entrance scholarship/award/bursary you received.

If you received the Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship with Distinction – which specifically covers your tuition and supplementary mandatory fees – unfortunately, you will not be able to combine the scholarship and the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver. This is based on a University policy that is attached to the SFU Employee tuition waiver. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to forego the waiver in the academic terms where you meet the scholarship eligibility requirements and receive a scholarship payment, as the entrance scholarship funding also covers certain fees not applicable with the tuition waiver. However, you can use the employee tuition waiver in academic terms where you do NOT receive an entrance scholarship payment.

If you received the Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship valued at $20,000, the entrance scholarship payment will be applied to your student account first. If your tuition fees exceed the value of your scholarship payment, the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver can be applied against any remaining tuition fee charges only.

If you received any other university-funded entrance financial aid which does not indicate that it specifically covers tuition fees, the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver can be combined with your entrance financial aid.

USES Scholarships that cover Tuition and Fees

15. I received a scholarship which covers "tuition and fees". What does this mean?

The Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship (USES) covers course Tuition, Supplementary Fees and Mandatory Supplementary Course Fees to complete your first undergraduate degree. Your first undergraduate degree can include various combinations including Major/Minor/Honours/Joint Majors. For domestic students, this can translate to around $27,000 and for international students to around $130,000. However, the exact amount depends on and matches the cost of the program(s) of study and the cost of tuition at the time. It also accounts for any annual increases to your tuition and fees.

Supplementary Fees include fees that all undergraduate students are expected to pay during the course of their studies, including fees such as Student Services and Recreation-Athletics Fees, and Simon Fraser Student Society’s Student Activity Fees, among others. These fees amount to around $475 per term for a full-time student. Fees not covered by USES include Co-op fees, medical insurance, extended health and dental benefits and other Special Fees.

This scholarship will continue supporting recipients until they have completed their first undergraduate degree at SFU. SFU’s tuition and fees are outlined on our website.

16. I have been awarded a Scholars Living Allowance. How does it work? What will it cover?

Recipients of the Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship (USES) and Scholars Living Allowance (domestic or international) will see their funding applied in two payments. One payment is the calculation of the USES scholarship – the amount varies and is determined based on your course enrollment each term. The other payment is the Scholars Living Allowance, which will always be $7,000. Both payments are always provided together.

17. When will I be connected to my dedicated academic advisor?

Scholarship recipients will be introduced to their dedicated academic advisor in June, prior to course enrollment in July.

18. My scholarship requirements state I need to "demonstrate engagement in the community of scholars". What does that mean?

You must participate in Involvement Coaching meetings with SFU staff once per term in the Fall and Spring of your first year only. You can expect a supportive atmosphere that prioritizes exploration and provides an opportunity to discuss your educational, career, and personal development. You are also required to complete an annual involvement reflection, every Spring term. The specific guidelines for this reflection will be communicated in Spring each year. The written reflection will be aligned with the focus of the involvement coaching sessions, exploring themes of your goals, interests, skills and what communities or initiatives you’re involved with. Finally, you will be invited to participate in various optional on-campus events designed to connect you with other SFU USES scholars.

Transfer Scholarships 

19. I was offered the Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship, but I cannot see it on my Student Centre. How can I accept my scholarship? 

These Transfer Scholarships are awarded to SFU applicants automatically as part of their admission if their admission GPA is 3.70 or higher. You do not need to accept this scholarship and it will not appear on your Student Centre until the beginning of your first term. 

Your scholarship eligibility will be reviewed right before the start of your first term, and you will receive an email from our office at that point informing you that your scholarship status has been reviewed and updated on your Student Centre.

No action is required on your part except to:

  • enroll in a minimum of 12 units, and
  • maintain a minimum of 3.70 admission GPA on your final marks from your previous institution

If you continue to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria, the Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship will be placed on your account in week two (2) of classes of your first term at SFU, which is before the tuition fees are due.

20. How long do I have to claim my Transfer Scholarship?

As per the Regulations, scholarship payment must be claimed within three (3) terms of starting your studies at SFU.

21. I enrolled in less than 12 units in my first term. How can I claim my Transfer Scholarship next term?

If you enroll in classes in your first term but do not meet the minimum of 12 unit requirement, your scholarship will be automatically deferred to your next term. To be eligible for your scholarship payment in your second or third term, you must:

  • meet the renewal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 on any SFU coursework, and
  • enroll in at least 12 SFU standard graded units in that term.

If you meet these requirements your scholarship will be applied to your account automatically in week two (2) of classes, which is before the tuition fees are due.

Other/External Funding

Tuition Waiver

You will still receive your entrance scholarship funds even if you have a tuition waiver. As usual, the balance of any entrance scholarship monies will be refunded to you in the 6th week of classes.

Provincial Scholarships

If you have won a provincial scholarship, you should have a provincial scholarship voucher. Bring this, along with picture ID, to the Registrar and Information Services counter at the Burnaby, Surrey, or Vancouver campus. Please ensure that the Social Insurance Number and address listed on the voucher are correct. SFU will submit the voucher to the Ministry of Education on your behalf. After approximately eight weeks from the start of classes, the Ministry will send the scholarship cheque directly to your home.

External and Private Funding

SFU does not restrict the number of external and private scholarships, awards, or bursaries a student may receive.  However, the organizations donating the funds may have stipulations regarding the amount of entrance funding you can hold.  We recommend you consult the sponsoring organization for their funding requirements.

Parking and Residence

Parking

Please refer to the Parking and Sustainable Mobility website for further information on parking permits.

Residence

Recipients of the Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship who meet all applicable deadline dates have priority access to Residence. Residence deadline dates are specified at Residence and Housing.