About Entrance Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

Information for new SFU Entrance Scholarship, Award, and Bursary Recipients

Accepting your offer

I have been offered an entrance scholarship or bursary. Where do I find the Terms of Reference and how do I accept or decline my offer?

Entrance Scholarships/Bursaries: You can view the Terms of Reference and accept or decline your offer through your Student Center. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your Student Center at go.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. Select the scholarship or bursary name to view the Terms of Reference.
  6. Once you have reviewed the Terms of Reference Select “Return to Previous Page”.  The Terms of Reference will remain on your Student Center 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”.
  10. You are done! By accepting your SFU entrance scholarship or bursary you are also accepting your admission to SFU. Your Student Center will be updated shortly.

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I have been offered an entrance award. Where do I find the Terms of Reference and how do I accept or decline my offer?

Entrance Awards: You can view the Terms of Reference and accept or decline your offer through your Student Center. Please follow the steps below:
  1. Log in to your Student Center at go.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. Select the scholarship or bursary name to view the Terms of Reference.
  6. Once you have reviewed the Terms of Reference Select “Return to Previous Page”.  The Terms of Reference will remain on your Student Center 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”.
  10. Go back to the main page of the Student Centre and down to the Admissions section.
  11. Click Accept/Decline for the program you were admitted to, and follow the steps to pay your admission confirmation deposit.

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

Unfortunately, we do not match entrance funding offers. 

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.

What expenses can my funding offer cover?

Your funding offer can be used towards any outstanding balance on your SFU student account such as tuition, student fees, U-Pass, and residence.  Unfortunately, the funding cannot be used towards meals, textbooks or supplies as these require traditional methods of tender: cash, debit, and credit.  However, any unused amount will be issued to you as a refund after the 6th week of classes.  It is then up to you to use the money as you wish.

Maintaining your offer

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

You must maintain scholarship/award/bursary standing on your final grades for those courses used to calculate your admission average. This standing refers to the average or final IB Diploma score originally required to get your scholarship, award, or bursary offer. Email fiassist@sfu.ca if you have a question about the final average needed to maintain your award.

For information on eligibility requirements for your second term onwards, please review your Terms of Reference.

Entrance Scholarships: Regulations

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

Entrance Scholarships/Awards: You must be enrolled in 12 units throughout the SFU term in order to receive your funding. If you drop below 12 units after having received any payment, the funds will be reversed from your student account. 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 Bursaries: You must be enrolled in 9 units throughout the SFU term in order to receive your funding. If you drop below 9 units after having received any payment, the funds will be reversed from your student account. 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.

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 Center. Please see our guide to enrolling in classes.

Entrance Awards/Bursaries: Recipients are not eligible for priority course enrollment.

Is it common for people to lose their entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

Most students have success in redeeming all of their payments. We encourage students who foresee a problem meeting the requirements to come in and see a Financial Aid and Awards Advisor - we are here to help you. Please see our Contact Us website for drop-in times or email: fiassist@sfu.ca. 

Entrance Scholarship, Award, and Bursary Payments

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

Funds are usually divided into a given number of installments. The Terms of Reference agreement for your funding describes how these installments will be disbursed to you. Once you have accepted your offer, your first installment will be deposited into your SFU student account during the second week of classes as long as you meet the funding's eligibility requirements in terms of the number of units you are enrolled in and admission average or CGPA requirements.

These funds are applied to any outstanding balance on your SFU student account at the time. You will be responsible for ensuring any 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.

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 sixth 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. You also may pick up your refund cheques at the Registrar and Information Services counter at the Burnaby campus according to the refund schedule. Cheques will not be mailed to you. There are no stipulations on how you use your refund.

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 sixth week of classes.

Passport to Education

Bring your Passport to Education, along with picture ID to the Registrar and Information Services counter at the Burnaby, Surrey or Vancouver campus. The funds will be deposited directly into your SFU student account and, like your SFU entrance scholarship, applied to any outstanding charges in your account (such as tuition, student fees, residence, etc.). If there is a positive balance owing to you, this will be available in the form of a refund.

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. Be sure that the Social Insurance Number and address listed on the voucher is 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

*For Major Entrance Scholarship recipients only.

Parking

Entrance scholarship recipients studying at the Burnaby campus can purchase a parking pass at the Burnaby campus. There is currently no parking lottery for a pass at the Burnaby campus. Check Parking Services for the cost of a parking pass at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Entrance scholarship recipients studying at the Surrey campus will receive priority for purchasing a Surrey campus parking pass at the Surrey campus. Your name and student number will automatically be forwarded to the Parking Services department however you still need to enter your name in the online parking lottery application to provide information about your vehicle. You must enter the lottery every term.

Residence

We offer priority access to residence in the Fall term for scholarship students who meet all applicable deadline dates. You should apply for residence by February 28th if you are starting in the Fall term. Residence deadline dates are specified at Residence and Housing.