Canadian Indigenous Students

SFU offers a variety of financial assistance opportunities to Canadian Indigenous students.

Indigenous can be contexualized as "Indigenous peoples of Canada" to refer specifically to First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit peoples.

Entrance Scholarships, Awards, & Bursaries

Entrance Scholarships, Entrance Awards, and Entrance Bursaries recognize and reward students entering SFU. Some are available specifically for Indigenous students.

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Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of continuing SFU students. Some scholarships are available specifically for Indigenous students.

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Awards generally acknowledge the outstanding contributions or achievements made to the community by continuing SFU students. Some awards are available specifically for Indigenous students.

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Bursaries are awarded to continuing SFU students based on demonstrated financial need. Some bursaries are available specifically for Indigenous students.

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The work-study program provides paid,part-time on-campus work opportunities for full-time students.

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Student Loans

Part-time students, BC and non-BC residents enrolled in eligible programs can apply to a variety of government assistance, student loans and grants, and student lines of credit.

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Sponsorship is sometimes available to Canadian Indigenous students.

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Additional Resources

Dedicated Financial Aid Advisor Available at the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)

Every Thursday from 9:30am - 11:30am

Karen McKitrick- Twaites, Manager, Student Aid and
Chris Dembiske, Student Aid Officer


SFU's Office for Aboriginal Peoples offers funding for graduate students attending and participating in a conference. For eligibility information and how to apply, please see the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

Emergency funding may be available to students with a sudden exceptional circumstance. Please contact the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) for further information.

Funding opportunities are also available through sources external to SFU.  Please see the External Awards & Additional Resources handout.