Payments + Policies

Award Payments

Every student receiving an award/scholarship needs to accept their award, which may include submitting required documentation to the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) office. Read more on how awards are paid, adjusted and managed on this page.

Accepting & Activating an Award

For an award to be set and paid through our office, you must:

  • Accept your award
    • For Internal and Donor Funded awards – accept your award offer on the GA3 System. 
    • For Government Funded awards, such as CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC - you must provide our office with the agency’s award notification letter and first instalment form, as well asthe agency’s acceptance form, if applicable. Once received, you must accept your award offer through the GA3 System. 
    • For Other Externally Funded awards, such as Alzheimer’s Society Awards – you must provide our office with the agency’s award notification letter. Once payment has been received by our office, you must accept your award offer through the GA3 System.
  • Be registered in the intended graduate program before the first day of the term
  • Sign up for direct deposit, with a Canadian bank account in your goSFU account. View tutorial →

Payment Process

Award payments are:

  • paid in lump sums per term, as per the schedule on the GA3 System (found under the My Awards tab)
  • applied to your goSFU account, paying any tuition or outstanding balance. Remaining funds are transferred to your bank account, if you have signed up for direct deposit on goSFU.
     

Payment Schedule

Award payments will occur on a scheduled basis throughout the term as shown below. These dates are approximate and are subject to change.

**Until further notice, if you are not enrolled in Direct Deposit by the below scheduled refund dates, a cheque will automatically be issued and mailed to your address listed on goSFU. Please ensure your address is up to date to avoid any loss of funds if you are unable to enroll in Direct Deposit. Cheques will NOT be mailed to international addresses (please contact student_accounts@sfu.ca for assistance).

Spring 2021

Award Award Must Be Accepted On GA3 By Student Must Be Registered by Funds Will Appear In SFU Student Account By The End of

Direct Deposit Refunds Available by

Cheque Refunds Available by
6th Schedule Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021 Apr 19, 2021 Apr 23, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca

Summer 2021

Award Award Must Be Accepted On GA3 By Student Must Be Registered by Funds Will Appear In SFU Student Account By The End of

Direct Deposit Refunds Available by

Cheque Refunds Available by
1st Schedule May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021 May 17, 2021 May 21, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca
2nd Schedule May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021 May 31, 2021 Jun 4, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca
3rd Schedule Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021 Jun 14, 2021 Jun 18, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca
4th Schedule Jun 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021 Jun 28, 2021 Jul 2, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca
5th Schedule Jul 15, 2021 Jul 15, 2021 Jul 19, 2021 Jul 23, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca
6th Schedule Aug 5, 2021 Aug 5, 2021 Aug 9, 2021 Aug 13, 2021 Contact student_accounts@sfu.ca

Wire Payment for Refunds/Overpayment

SFU has partnered with Flywire to issue refunds for scholarships and overpayments to international students' home country. This refund method is only intended as a temporary measure for international students studying outside of Canada without a Canadian bank account. Once you arrive in Canada and create a Canadian bank account, you must enroll in direct deposit to receive future funds.

After an award has been paid into your account, you may request a wire transfer by completing this form. Once submitted, Student Accounts will email you for your international banking information before processing the wire transfer, which will arrive in approximately 2-4 weeks. 

Your CAD refund will be converted to the currency of your country's bank account, based on real-time currency exchange rates.

Flywire charges between $1.25 and $25 CAD for international wire transfers.

If you have a Canadian bank account, your refund will be issued to that account. However, requests for exceptional circumstances may be directed to Student Accounts (student_accounts@sfu.ca)

As per policy GP45, we are unable to wire funds to Canadian sanctioned countries.

About Direct Deposit

Students can check or update direct deposit information on their goSFU account. This is a different payment system from payroll for Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships. For privacy reasons, our office cannot share banking information with payroll.

If you have not signed up for direct deposit, your refund will be delayed - refund cheques are only issued once a month from the Registrar's Office.

Employee Tuition Waivers 

Students who have an employee tuition waiver and an award will have their award processed first, paying off tuition. Tuition waivers are generally processed in the fifth week of classes in any given term, after which the tuition reimbursement will display as a credit or refund in goSFU. Students will need to submit a refund request to Student Accounts.