Emergency and government funding

April 23, 2020

SFU Emergency Funding

A variety of funding options are available. Financial Aid and Awards supports full-time students with scholarships, awards, and bursaries. Domestic students may be eligible for government student loans and grants for both full-time or part-time students. American students can access U.S. Direct Loan programs. Looking for funding to assist with technology costs associated with the transition to remote learning for the Summer term? Please reach out by May 8th to fiassist@sfu.ca for further information.

The Government of Canada recently announced further COVID-19 funding for postsecondary students. More details to come, so keep an eye on their website for updates on the eligibility requirements and how to apply. 

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

The Canadian government has announced a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) to provide financial support to post-secondary students and recent graduates who are unable to find work because of the COVID-19 situation. (We do not yet know if this benefit will be available to international students. Please refer to the government website for further information in the near future.)

Eligible students will receive monthly payments. The Canada Revenue Agency will administer the program; students can apply monthly from May to August 2020.

Parliamentary approval is required before the application will launch. During this time, you should set-up a My CRA account and register for direct deposit to ensure a smooth enrollment process and timely payments.