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 wish to use the award amount for future terms, please contact SFU Student Accounts. 

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:

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, 2019

 Jan. 3, 2019

Jan. 7, 2019

Jan. 11, 2019

Jan. 11, 2019

2nd Schedule

Jan. 17, 2019

Jan. 17. 2019 

Jan. 21, 2019

Jan. 25, 2019 

Feb. 15, 2019 

3rd Schedule

Feb. 7, 2019 

Feb. 7. 2019 

Feb. 11, 2019 

Feb. 15, 2019 

Feb. 15, 2019 

4th Schedule

Feb. 21, 2019 

Feb. 21, 2019 

Feb. 25, 2019 

Mar. 1, 2019 

Mar. 15, 2019 

5th Schedule Mar. 7, 2019  Mar. 7, 2019  Mar. 11, 2019  Mar. 15, 2019  Mar. 15, 2019 
**6th Schedule
(final run)
Apr. 4, 2019 Apr. 4, 2019  Apr. 8, 2019  Apr. 12, 2019  Contact

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

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.

Employee 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 a Refund Request Form and submit this to Student Accounts in Student Services. For more information, please visit: Employee Tuition Waivers.