Undergraduate Students

Loans: BC Residents (Full-Time)

StudentAid BC assists eligible BC residents with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans and grants.  It is a partnership between the provincial and federal governments.

As a full-time post-secondary student, you have the primary responsibility of paying for your education.  Most students meet their costs through employment income, savings, assets, support from family, scholarships, bursaries and/or awards.  However, if this is not enough, StudentAid BC may be able to supplement (not replace) your own financial resources to help you reach your educational goals. 

StudentAid BC is helping make post-secondary education more affordable for BC residents through their loans (repayable) and grants (non-repayable funding) programs.  Studentsare automatically assessed for both BC student loans and grants (provided by the provincial government) and Canada student loans and grants (provided by the federal government) when they submit their applications for funding on a term by term basis. For more information and to apply, please visit StudentAid BC.

When to Apply

We encourage students that require financial assistance to complete your online student loan application at least two months before classes start to receive your funding at the beginning of the term. At SFU, students submit their applications on a term by term basis even though they may be studying year round.

If you have not previously received funding from StudentAidBC, you are considered a new applicant. All new full-time student loan applicants will need to have their identity verified prior to accessing the student loan application via their online StudentAid BC dashboard.

The new application for classes starting after August 1, 2021 will be available in early June.

Full-time Status

Undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 60% of a full-time course load, and in a student loan eligible program, are considered to be studying full-time.  At SFU, this means a minimum of 9 units per term (15 units is considered a 100% courseload). Note: students with a recognized permanent disability (who have been approved through StudentAid BC) must be enrolled in at least 40% of a full-time course load, a minimum of 6 units per term. Your course load cannot include any courses for which you have received a passing grade previously.

Part-time Status

If you are enrolled in less than 9 units, see the BC Residents (Part-Time) section. If you are enrolled in less than 3 units, you are ineligible for Government Student Loan funding.

StudentAid BC Links

Explore full-time student funding, including loans and grants available for students studying full-time.

Apply for funding                                       Maintain your funding                             

How do I provide Confirmation of Enrollment to maintain in-study, interest-free status?

If you did not apply for full-time, government student financial assistance and need to provide Confirmation of Enrollment to prove in-study, interest-free status, most students submit their requests online through the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC). Requests will only be confirmed during the term that you are enrolled.  Confirmation requests after your study period end date will not update information for a study period that has already been completed.
For specific information for BC, Alberta, and Ontario students, please visit:

How does split enrollment work if you are attending two schools?

How do I maintain a satisfactory scholastic standing?

To continue receiving student financial assistance, students are required to maintain a satisfactory scholastic standing. If you are considering dropping a course(s), you are encouraged to reach out and speak to a Financial Aid Advisor.

How does repayment work?

Repayment of your federal and provincial student loans starts 6 months after your last study period end date.  This 6 month period is considered your "grace" period. Your grace period is a good time to review your National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) secure account to review your payment information, and modify your repayment terms if needed.  The NSLSC has a Learning Hub to help students learn more about In-Study, Non-Repayment, and Repayment statuses of your student loans.

Students can enter in to repayment and return back to full-time studies and in-study status multiple times during their academic career.

National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) resources for repayment

The National Student Loans Service Center (NSLSC) offers online presentations (webinars) on the student loan repayment process.

The NSLSC services Canada Student Loans (Federal) as well as provincially-integreted loans for the following provinces: BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (as of July 1, 2022), Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The webinars will be beneficial for students, since trhe webinars will assist students with their obligations when repaying their student loans, and will provide answers on:

  • How to save money
  • How to avoid repayment difficulties
  • How to maintain your student loan

The webinars are 45 to 60 minutes long and can be viewed on a computer, tablet or Android/ iPhone.

To view the Student Loan Repayment Webinars, click on the link below:






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.