Graduate Students

Loans: BC Residents (Part-Time)

Graduate students in a per-unit speciality program who are enrolled in 2 – 5 units at SFU exclusively are considered to be studying part-time. Note: students with a recognized permanent disability (who have been approved through StudentAid BC) who are enrolled in a minimum of 4 units per term can be considered to be studying full-time; to discuss your options, please contact us.

Part-Time Student Funding (SABC)

StudentAid BC (SABC) assists eligible BC residents with part-time student financial assistance. Explore part-time student funding to learn more about eligibility requirements and how much funding is available to support part-time studies.

The assessment for part-time students is different than for full-time students. The part-time studies program only covers: tuition and supplemental fees, books and supplies, transportation, and child care up to the funding maximums.  Part-time funding does not cover student living expenses.

If you are enrolled in a research-based graduate program, or in more than more than 6 units in a specialty or course-based graduate program, see the BC Residents (Full-Time) section. If you are enrolled in less than 2 units, you are ineligible for government student loan funding.

Please click to visit our Undergraduate Part-Time page to download, and submit your part-time application electronically to our office for processing.

Important details before submitting your application

  • If you are enrolled in Co-Op, you are considered a full-time student, and are not eligible for part-time funding.  

  • Some programs are ineligible for StudentAid BC funding, please see: Ineligible Graduate Programs to ensure your program is eligible.

  • You may indicate your SIN as 999 999 999 on the application for security purposes, however, make sure your correct SIN is updated on under Personal Information.  If not, we cannot process your application.

  • If you cannot electronically sign your application; we suggest printing page 7 of the application form, hand-signing it, and scanning/taking a photo of the page.  You may submit that page as a separate attachment, along with your completed application form.  We can open a variety of file extensions, though standard PDF, document and/or image files are preferred.

  • Monitor your postal mailbox (for your StudentAid BC notice of assessment) and email (email from National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) on how to process your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA)) for updates on your application, and instructions on how to proceed to receive your funds.  Failure to follow these instructions to complete your MSFAA will result in you not receiving part-time funding.


Please note: Government-issued student financial assistance, including loans and grants, is available to Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or students that have protected person status based on your province of residence. US Residents can be considered for US Federal Direct Funding and other targeted resources. If you belong to a different student group, please see our International Students page.