Award Payment Schedule

Graduate Award Payment Schedule for Awards Paid Through

Award payments will occur on a scheduled basis throughout each term shown below as long as you are registered in your graduate program and have accepted the award on the graduate award system (GA3). Graduate awards will be paid as one lump sum in the appropriate term and will be applied to your SFU student account, paying off any outstanding tuition balance and fees. Any remaining funds will be transferred to your bank account as a refund as long as you have signed up for direct deposit on

If you have not signed up for direct deposit, your refund may be delayed since refund cheques are only issued once a month from the Registrar's Information Counters (3000 level) on the scheduled date below. Thus, it is strongly recommended that you set up direct deposit through; click here for instructions.

Please note: If you are receiving a graduate award and do not have a Canadian bank account, you can still update your direct deposit bank information when you arrive in Canada. If you do not have a Canadian bank account, then you will receive a cheque for any award refund based on the schedule below.

To receive a graduate award payment, you must be registered in your graduate program for the entire term and have accepted the award on the graduate award system (GA3). Other award programs may require additional documentation to activate the award (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR payments).

Set up your direct deposit on

Questions can be directed to:

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6





Award Must Be Accepted On GA3 By

Student Must Be Registered by

Funds Will Appear In SFU Student Account By The End of

Direct Deposit Refunds Available by

Cheque Refunds Available by             

1st Schedule 

Jan 3, 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Jan 8, 2018

Jan 12, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

2nd Schedule

Jan 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

Jan 23, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

3rd Schedule

Feb 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

4th Schedule

Feb 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018

Feb 26, 2018

Mar 2, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

**5th Schedule Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018 Mar 19, 2018 upon request to
upon request to
**6th Schedule
(final run)
Apr 13, 2018 Apr 13, 2018 Apr 16, 2018 upon request to

upon request to

* These dates are approximate and may be subject to change.

**5th and 6th disbursement schedule: If you accepted or received a late award offer and the payment into your SFU account has been done on the 5th or 6th round (see dates above), then refunds are only done upon request to SFU Student Accounts. You will need to complete and submit a Refund Request Form and submit this to SFU Student Accounts in Student Services.

Please note: You can check or update your direct deposit information on your account. This is a different payment system from payroll for Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships. For privacy reasons, we do not receive banking information from payroll and cannot update your direct deposit information on your behalf.

Tuition waivers: If you have a tuition waiver and an award, your award will be processed first which will pay off your tuition. Tuition waivers are generally processed in the fifth week of class, after which you may receive an additional refund. You will need to complete and submit a Refund Request Form and submit this to Student Accounts in Student Services.