Payroll, Purchasing & Reimbursement FAQs

Payroll and Student Services

Payroll, Purchasing & Reimbursement FAQ's

When do I get paid?  

Payday is every second Friday (i.e. bi-weekly, not semi-monthly).  This means there are 26.0893 pay periods in a year.  To determine your bi-weekly pay, we take the amount of support provided by your supervisor and divide it by the number of pay periods in the semester (typically 8.6-8.8 pay periods).  Example: $24,000 / 3 semesters per year = $8,000/semester.  For Fall 2021 there are 8.8 pay periods.  $8,000/8.8 = $909.09 b/w. 

Have you moved or changed your bank account? 

Don't forget you need to change your address in BOTH myInfo and goSFU.

Looking for T4A's? 

Don't forget to look in myInfo (RAships and TAships) AND goSFU (GF's and other scholarships).

Tuition Fee Payment

Tuition fees are due at the start of the semester and must be paid by the due date established by Student Services in order to avoid late fees.  The one exception is when you are a TA.  Graduate Student TAs may pay their tuition via payroll deduction but only in those semesters in which you TA.  You will receive additional information about tuition deduction when you're assigned a TAship.

Are you going to a conference or doing field research?

Talk to your supervisor about getting a Cash Advance.  It's easy and although you still have to complete an expense claim and submit all your receipts when you return, at least you're not out of pocket until then ($250 minimum).  Refer to the Department Internal Resources for more info. 

Have you purchased things for which you need a reimbursement?

  • <$50 - Complete a Petty Cash Reimburement form (available from the Biology General Office front desk).
  • >$50 - Complete an Online Expense Report. Refer to the Department Internal Resources for more info.

Do you need to buy something for the lab or your research project?

Check out our Department Internal Resources for more info on how to make a purchase.