Entrance Scholarship FAQs
Information for New SFU Entrance Scholarships Winners
Maintaining your offer
Question: What final admission average/IB Diploma score must I maintain in order to keep my scholarship offer?
You must maintain scholarship standing on your final grades for those courses used to calculate your admission average. Scholarship standing refers to the average or final IB Diploma score originally required to get the entrance scholarship offer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question about the final average needed to maintain your award.
Final scholarship averages you need to maintain in order to receive your first payment in your first term:
Academic Excellence Scholarship
IB Academic Excellence scholarship
Summer 2013 - minimum 34 IB points
Fall 2013 - minimum 34 IB points
Major Entrance Scholarships: Simon Fraser, Alumni Leadership, Shrum, Tadeusz Specht, Lloyd Carr Harris, Dean's Excellence Scholarships
minimum 90% high school average or 31 IB points
Lohn, HY Louie, City of Surrey, Aboriginal, Community Entrance, SFU Surrey Entrance, Entrance Bursaries
minimum 80% high school average
Kenneth Mackenzie Entrance Scholarship
|Mona F. East Entrance Scholarship||highest standing from Similkameen Secondary School|
|Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise Entrance Scholarship||academic merit decided by the Rotary Club of Vancouver|
|W.Ron Heath Entrance Scholarship||minimum 31 IB points|
|SFU Africa Entrance Scholarship||minimum 90% or 31 IB points|
SFU India scholarship
minimum 95% or 34 IB points
Ken Caple, International Summit Transfer, and University transfer scholarships
minimum 3.70 transfer average
|William Hamilton Transfer Scholarship||minimum 3.50 transfer average|
|Aboriginal Transfer Scholarship||minimum 2.50 transfer average or successful completion of the SFU Aboriginal Preparation Program|
|Columbia College Alumnus Entrance Scholarship||minimum 3.00 transfer average|
|Phi Theta Kappa International Transfer Scholarship||minimum 3.75 transfer average|
For information on eligibity requirents for your 2nd term onwards, please visit the Entrance Scholarship Regulations page.
For any scholarships not listed above, please email email@example.com.
Question: How many units should I take?
Most entrance scholarships require students to be registered in 12 units (approximately four courses) to receive their scholarship funds. You must not drop below 12 units during term, otherwise, you will be required to pay back the money you received. You must be registered in SFU units to receive your funds. SFU Co-op units or courses completed at another post-secondary institution cannot be counted as part of the unit requirement. Upon request, students can continue receiving their scholarship installments if they are registered for one full term with SFU International's field school or exchange programs.
Question: How does a GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 translate to percentages?
You could roughly equate a 3.0 GPA to about 73% and a 3.5 GPA to about 80% (assuming a passing grade is 50%).
Question: Is it common for people to lose their scholarship?
Most students have success in redeeming all of their installments. We encourage students who foresee a problem meeting the requirements to come in and see a Financial Aid and Awards Advisor; we’re here to help you! Please see our Contact Us website for Drop-In times or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: When and how can I enroll in classes?
Entrance Scholarship students have priority enrollment access for as long as you hold your SFU entrance scholarship. Please see our guide to enrolling in classes.
Question: How can I get a parking pass?
As an Entrance Scholarship recipient studying at the Burnaby or Surrey campus, you have the access to a parking pass in your first term. Your name and student number will automatically be forwarded to the Parking Services department. Please note: you will still be required to apply for a parking pass.
Parking passes from the Burnaby campus do not work at the Surrey campus and vice versa. You can only get one parking pass for one campus. Scholarship students at the SFU Burnaby campus can get a Burnaby parking pass, and only SFU Surrey students can get a parking pass at Surrey.
Check Parking Services for the cost of a parking pass at the SFU Burnaby campus. You can buy your pass at the Burnaby campus parking office from August 1 to September 16 for the fall term. Bring a copy of your acceptance letter, some picture ID, and your vehicle information.
See this page for information on parkin at the SFU Surrey campus. Parking improperly in any areas of the Surrey campus (even if you have a pass) will be subject to tickets and fines. You must enter your name in the online parking lottery application to provide information about your vehicle. You must enter the lottery every term. Parking is managed by Diamond Parking and not SFU. (You can only get an SFU Surrey parking pass if you are enrolled in an SFU Surrey program such as TechOne.)
Parking passes for students who entered their information online will be available for pickup from the Registrar and Information Services office at the Surrey campus as of the first day of Fall classes. Vancouver campus students, see this page.
Question: Can I live on campus?
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 28 if you are starting in the Fall term. Residence deadline dates are specified at Residence and Housing.
Question: Does SFU have Orientation?
Orientation takes place ever term at SFU and is a great opportunity for new students to meet professors, find their classes, and get involved on campus. Please visit SFU Orientation to learn more.
Your Entrance Scholarship Money
Question: How is the scholarship money divided up?
Scholarship funds are usually divided up into a given number of installments. You can have a look at your Entrance Scholarship Offer or Terms of Reference agreement to review your scholarship’s disbursement schedule.
Question: How and when will I get the funds?
The scholarship funds are disbursed directly into your student account at the end of the second week of classes as long as you meet scholarship eligibility requirements in terms of unit hours and CGPA requirements. This money is applied to any outstanding balances in your account at the time. Therefore, if you have outstanding tuition fee charges, scholarship funds will automatically be applied towards them. You will be responsible for ensuring the balance owing is paid prior to the payment deadline. Late fees are only charged on the balance remaining after the scholarship disbursement has been applied to the charges in your account.
Question: What if I have money left over in my student account after all the fees are paid?
Money left over will be refunded to students, usually after the sixth week of classes. You may pick up refund cheques at the Registrar and Information Services counter in the Maggie Benston building at the Burnaby campus. Cheques will not be mailed to you.
Question: Can I use the leftover scholarship money for anything?
There are no stipulations on how you use left over SFU entrance scholarship monies, however refund cheques are not issued until midway through the second month of classes.
Other Sources of Funding
Question: What if I have a 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 form of a cheque in the sixth week of classes.
Question: How do I cash my “Passport to Education”?
Bring your “Passport to Education”, along with picture ID, to the Registrar and Information Services counter in the Maggie Benston building on the Burnaby campus. The funds will be deposited directly into your 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’s a positive balance owing to you, this will be available via a refund cheque in the sixth week of classes. You must pick this up at the Registrar and Information Services counter.
Question: How do I claim provincial scholarships that I’ve won?
If you have won a provincial scholarship, you should have a provincial scholarship certificate. Bring this, along with picture ID, to the Registrar and Information Services counter. Be sure that the Social Insurance Number and address listed on the certificate is correct.
SFU will submit the certificate 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.
The only provincial scholarship that differs from this is the Canadian Millennium Foundation: it sends the cheque to SFU instead of the student’s address. Recipients of this scholarship may pick up their scholarship cheque from the General Inquiries counter in the second week of classes.
Question: I have received other entrance scholarships and awards — may I keep all of them?
As far as SFU is concerned, we permit you to hold one Entrance Scholarship from our university. If you have been offered two SFU Entrance Scholarships, you will only get the one with the higher value. Students may hold their Entrance Scholarships with awards and bursaries
As for private awards or bursaries, the organizations donating the funds may have stipulations regarding the number or amount of entrance scholarships you can hold. SFU will allow you to hold as many PRIVATE entrance scholarships and/or bursaries as you are able to garner. It’s best to check with the sponsoring organizations on what their rules are.