Financial Aid, resources, support

Will summer term's Athletics & Recreation fee be charged? (graduate and undergraduate students)

Given that all Athletics and Recreation programming and activities are currently suspended, and all sport facilities closed, SFU will not be assessing the Recreation-Athletics fee (RAF) for the summer 2020 term, regardless if Athletics and Recreation facilities re-open part way through the summer term.

I heard that there was a new Pass/Fail grading system and late WD process introduced for undergrads for the Spring 2020 term. How will this affect financial aid and awards funding?

Please go to the withdrawals/grade policies section to learn more about the impacts to any financial aid and awards you may have received or want to qualify for.  

If I leave SFU, will financial aid cover my food/housing expenses elsewhere? (graduate and undergraduate students)

Students must be registered in classes at SFU to be eligible for any financial aid and awards administered through the Financial Aid and Awards office.

If you leave SFU and attend another institution, you must contact their financial aid and awards office about further funding.

What if I want to drop my courses? (graduate and undergraduate students)

  • If approved, SFU administered undergraduate funding (scholarships, awards, or bursaries) is not normally requested to be paid back.
  • Graduate students with a graduate fellowship or scholarship should contact the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows office.
  • Undergraduate or graduate students with a Canadian or US government student loan should contact Financial Aid and Awards.
  • If you leave SFU residence to live elsewhere, your financial situation has changed, or you already received Spring 2020 bursary funding contact Financial Aid and Awards.

Will I continue receiving government student financial aid? (graduate and undergraduate students)

  • Current undergraduate or graduate students receiving Canadian government student aid will continue to maintain their funding for this term.
  • It is recommended you contact Financial Aid and Awards for further information.
  • US students on US Direct Loans, email usloans@sfu.ca for further information.

If I move out of student housing, will you refund my fees for the remainder of the Spring term? (graduate and undergraduate students)

Should any current student choose to move out of their residence room between now and March 31, 2020, their residence fees will be prorated for the remainder of the term. Refunds for remaining residence fees will be uploaded to your student’s account over the next few weeks.  If you are on a meal plan, this will also be prorated for those who choose to leave residence. No refunds of spring term fees will be available for students who move out of Residence on or after April 1, 2020.

How will my financial aid be impacted by my living situation? (undergraduate - see below for graduate)

  • If your current living situation changes (ie, you move back to your family’s home), your government student financial aid and/or SFU-based assistance will not be impacted.
  • US students on US Direct Loans, email usloans@sfu.ca for further information.

What will happen to my Work-Study position for the rest of the Spring term? (graduate and undergraduate students)

Spring 2020 Work-Study students will have received an email update.

I am on an SFU Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship - will my entrance scholarship payment for this Spring 2020 term be impacted or taken away if I don't meet the requirements this term?

  • All undergraduate entrance scholarship payments for the Spring 2020 term have been disbursed based on the requirements at the beginning of the Spring term.
  • Your funding will not be impacted.
  • If you have further questions, contact the Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship coordinator at scholars@sfu.ca.

I’m on a renewable SFU Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship - will my funding continue for a future term if I’m unable to complete the courses for the Spring 2020 term or if my grades and CGPA drop below the eligibility requirements?

  • While we don’t anticipate any reason for your funding to be impacted, it will be assessed on a case by case basis depending on your situation.
  • Continue to do your best for the rest of this term, given these unique and unexpected circumstances. We will make further decisions after final grades come in for Spring 2020.
My SFU Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship requirements include an Involvement Coaching appointment with a Student Engagement Coordinator - how do I do that?
  • If you are part of the USES program and have not met with a Student Engagement Coordinator this term, they will contact you to offer a remote advising option.
  • Check your email for further updates.

Graduate student

I received a bursary in the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me?

Choosing a S/U grade or Aegrotat standing (AE) for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on bursary funding for the Spring 2020 term. Both notations will count towards the University minimum requirements but will not affect your GPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and S/U grade or Aegrotat standing (AE) are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term.

Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements for funding they apply for.

Will there be any impact to my graduate scholarship funding for the Spring term?

We are not anticipating any impacts to your spring scholarship (either internal or external scholarship) but contact gpsaward@sfu.ca if you have any questions.

I was awarded a Travel and Minor Research Award for a conference that has now been cancelled, what should I do?

You should contact your Graduate Program Assistant for guidance.

I received emergency funding in the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me?

Choosing a S/U grade or Aegrotat standing (AE) for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on emergency funding for the Spring 2020 term.

I received Work-Study in the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me?

Choosing a S/U grade or Aegrotat standing (AE) for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on any Work-Study funding for the Spring 2020 term. Both notations will count towards the University minimum requirements but will not affect your GPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and S/U grade or Aegrotat standing (AE) are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term. Work-Study was cancelled for the Summer term, and any students who have applied will have their applications assessed for bursaries only.

I am currently receiving funding through the Canadian government student loan and grant programs for the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me?

Students receiving Canadian student financial assistance are expected to successfully complete at least a 60% course load. For graduate students, a 100% course load is defined as 6 units per term. Successful completion is defined as either receiving a D grade or better, or receiving a S grade or are continuing with an IP grade.

If you receive at least a D grade or better and/or S grades, you will be considered to have successfully completed the term and no further action will be taken for the Spring term.

Please contact Financial Aid and Awards at fiassist@sfu.ca or by phone at 778-782-6930 during our contact hours, if you have any further questions.

I’m a US Citizen and am currently receiving US student loan and/or a private US Loan administered through SFU? How will this impact me?

A S/U grade will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and S/U grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term. Please reach out to Financial Aid and Awards at usloans@sfu.ca for further information and guidance to understand the impacts to your funding.

What emergency funding is available from the Canadian government?

The Government of Canada also announced a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) that will provide financial support to post-secondary students and recent graduates who are unable to find work because of COVID-19. We currently do not know if this opportunity will be available to international students or if it will just be for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Please refer to the government website for further information in the near future.

Eligible students will receive $1,250 a month, with an additional $500 a month for students with disabilities or students with dependents, for a total of $1,750. The CESB will be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency and students can apply monthly from May to August 2020.

This benefit will require Parliamentary approval before the application will launch. During this time, you are encouraged to set-up a My CRA account and register for direct deposit to ensure a smooth enrollment process and a timely disbursement of the benefit.

Financial Aid and Awards

I am currently receiving renewable funding through one of the following:

  1. Entrance Scholarship (ex. SFU USES, Biagioni Family, Schulich Leader etc.).
  2. Entrance Bursary (ex. Eyre Family, Fairfax etc.).
  3. Entrance Award (ex. Ryan Beedie Leadership Entrance Award etc.).

How will this impact me? (undergraduate students only)

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on funding for the Spring 2020 term. A Pass/Fail grade will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and Pass/Fail grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term. If you decide to select all Pass or receive all Fail grades in your courses, the term GPA will be null, not a zero GPA and will not impact your overall CGPA. Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements.

Withdrawing (WD) from any or all of Spring 2020 courses by the April 9 deadline will not have any impact on funding for the Spring 2020 term.

Students who have a pending withdrawal under extenuating circumstances (WE) for the Spring 2020 term, may wish to contact the withdrawals office if they wish to withdraw (WD) instead. Students should seek advice from an academic advisor about the impact of a WD or a WE on their academic record.

Students who started in Fall 2019 and received a renewable SFU Entrance Scholarship where a 3.00 CGPA is required after their second term will be given an additional term to meet the CGPA requirement if they have not met it yet.

Students who have received a Fairfax Entrance Bursary are required to maintain a 3.00 CGPA for coursework done within the previous academic year.

Please reach out to the Entrance Scholarship Coordinator for further assistance at scholars@sfu.ca if you have additional questions.

I received the Ken Caple or the Summit Transfer scholarship in Spring 2020, how will this impact me? (undergraduate students only)

The Ken Caple and the Summit Transfer Scholarships consist of one payment.

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on funding for the Spring 2020 term.

Withdrawing (WD) from any or all of Spring 2020 courses by the April 9 th deadline will not have any impact on funding for the Spring 2020 term.

I may be eligible for an SFU Undergraduate Open Scholarship. How will this impact me? (undergraduate students only)

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. However, if you decide to select all Pass grades or receive all Fail grades in your courses, the term GPA will be null, not a zero GPA and will not impact your overall CGPA. We are still assessing how this new grade scheme will affect our system processes that administer the Open Scholarship. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and Pass/Fail grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your term GPA and CGPA will determine eligibility for funding in the Summer term.

While there is no impact to your GPA with a Pass grade, it will be included in the number of credits you have completed for the term.

Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements.

Students wishing to initiate a WD by the April 9 deadline: While there is no impact to your GPA with a WD, the number of credits completed will not change.

I am a first-year transfer student who entered SFU in Spring 2020 and was told that I have to complete a minimum of 12 units at SFU before I could be eligible to apply for SFU administered private scholarships as a current student. How will this impact me? (undergraduate students only)

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. However, if you decide to select all Pass grades or receive all Fail grades in your courses, the term GPA will be null, not a zero GPA and will not impact your overall CGPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and Pass/Fail grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your term GPA and CGPA will determine eligibility for funding in the Summer term.

While there is no impact to your GPA with a Pass grade, it will be included in the number of credits you have completed for the term.

Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements for funding they apply for.

I received a bursary in the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me? (both graduate and undergraduate students)

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on funding for the Spring 2020 term. A Pass/Fail grade will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and Pass/Fail grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term. If you decide to select all Pass or receive all Fail grades in your courses, the term GPA will be null, not a zero GPA and will not impact your overall CGPA.

Students wishing to initiate a WD by the April 9 deadline will not have their funding impacted for the Spring 2020 term.

Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements for funding they apply for.

I received emergency funding in the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me? (both graduate and undergraduate students)

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on emergency funding for the Spring 2020 term.

Students wishing to initiate a WD by the April 9 deadline will not have their emergency funding impacted for the Spring 2020 term.

I received Work-Study in the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me? (both graduate and undergraduate students)

Choosing a Pass/Fail grade for any or all of Spring 2020 courses will not have any impact on funding for the Spring 2020 term. A Pass/Fail grade will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and Pass/Fail grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term. If you decide to select all Pass or receive all Fail grades in your courses, the term GPA will be null, not a zero GPA and will not impact your overall CGPA. Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements. Please note that a decision on the continuation of the Work-Study program over the Summer 2020 term will be made by March 31 st , 2020. If it is cancelled, full-time students with demonstrated financial need can only apply for bursaries.

Students who applied for Work-Study for Summer term already, will automatically have their applications reviewed for bursaries; there is no need to apply again.

Students wishing to initiate a WD by the April 9 deadline will not have their funding impacted for the Spring 2020 term.

I am currently receiving funding through the Canadian government student loan and grant programs for the Spring 2020 term? How will this impact me? (both graduate and undergraduate students)

Students receiving Canadian student financial assistance are expected to successfully complete at least a 60% course load, which is normally 9 undergraduate units of study. For undergraduate students, a 100% course load is defined as 15 units per term. Successful completion is defined as either receiving a D grade or better, or receiving a Pass grade.

If you receive at least a D grade or better and/or Pass grades for at least 9 undergraduate units, you will be considered to have successfully completed the term and no further action will be taken for the Spring term. If you are enrolled in 12 units and pass 9 units, you are considered to have successfully completed the term. If you are enrolled in 12 units and pass 6 units, you will be considered to have unsuccessfully completed the term.

Students who do not successfully complete at least a 60% course load will be classified as an unsuccessful completion for the Spring term and reported to the appropriate provincial authority. There may be an appeal process that students can initiate, should there be a case for it. Please contact Financial Aid and Awards at fiassist@sfu.ca or by phone at 778-782-6930 during our contact hours, if you have any further questions.

Students wishing to initiate a WD by the April 9 deadline - With the recent changes announced to our withdrawal deadline and grading policy for the Spring term, we are consulting with the government agencies on how best to proceed for any of our students who withdraw before the new deadline. A decision may not be available until the week of April 6. Regardless of the outcomes of that decision, we will continue to support students through any appeal processes that need to take place. Please contact Financial Aid and Awards at fiassist@sfu.ca or by phone at 778-782-6930 during our contact hours, if you have any further questions.

I’m a US Citizen and am currently receiving US student loan and/or a private US Loan administered through SFU? How will this impact me? (both graduate and undergraduate students)

A Pass/Fail grade will not impact the term GPA or CGPA. Once all standard grades (A,B,C, etc.) and Pass/Fail grades are finalized in the system for the Spring 2020 term, your CGPA will determine eligibility for a future term. If you decide to select all Pass or receive all Fail grades in your courses, the term GPA will be null, not a zero GPA and will not impact your overall CGPA. Students will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements. Please reach out to Financial Aid and Awards at usloans@sfu.ca for further information and guidance to understand the impacts to your funding.

Students wishing to initiate a WD by the April 9 deadline must be aware that in order to maintain eligibility for US Direct Lend funding, they must complete 67% of all credits attempted in the term. Similar requirements may be in place for US citizens receiving private loan funding as well. Therefore, please reach out to Financial Aid and Awards at usloans@sfu.ca for further information and guidance to understand the impacts to your funding, to assist you with your decision.

Graduate student-only items are at the bottom.