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COVID-19 frequently asked admission questions

February 2021: Spring and summer classes will be online, not in-person, but will still deliver a high-quality education and learning environment.

This webpage will be updated frequently.

We have made a number of changes to our campuses and services as we continue to maximize social distancing, and to protect the health and safety of our community. We are working hard to ensure your application will be evaluated fairly, even if you have experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. 

Questions?

Do you have additional questions?

Please connect with us.

Secondary school entrance scholarships

How are Entrance Scholarship offers being sent?

SFU has made a number of changes to our campus and services as we continue to maximize social distancing, and protect the health and safety of our community. For this reason, we have suspended all paper scholarship offers. Those selected for an Entrance Scholarship will receive it as a downloadable PDF via e-mail.

I have been selected for an Entrance Scholarship - what happens if my final grades do not meet the Entrance Scholarship requirement of grades in the 90% range or a minimum 31 International Baccalaureate points?

We recognize you have worked hard to be selected for an Entrance Scholarship and the disruption to your classes may have an impact on your grades. The Entrance Scholarship requirement continues to be grades in the 90% range or a minimum 31 International Baccalaureate points and we encourage you to complete the school year to the best of your ability. Final grades will be reviewed with consideration of the current circumstances, and those not meeting the requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

I have been selected for an Entrance Scholarship – if I am unable to attend SFU’s Fall 2020 term, can I defer my scholarship offer?

All scholarship deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.  To submit a request, you must:

  1. Complete an admission deferral request.
  2. Contact the Entrance Scholarship Coordinator at scholars@sfu.ca to explain why you are requesting a deferral of the scholarship.

My admission

Is SFU admitting students for Fall 2020?

Yes, SFU has been making Fall 2020 admission offers since early January based on interim and self-reported grades, depending on your curriculum. We have been working closely with students who have experienced challenges completing their admission requirements due to COVID-19 and will continue to do so.

I was admitted to the Summer 2020 term.  Is it going ahead?

SFU will continue operations throughout the summer term, while respecting the advice and instructions from governments and health authorities concerning health and safety. All instruction will be offered through remote methods during our upcoming summer semester – there will be no face-to-face instruction and no requirements for students to attend exams in-person.

I was admitted to the Fall 2020 term.  Is it going ahead?

Fall classes will be online, not in-person, but will still deliver a high-quality education and learning environment. Building on the online experience we’ve gained over the past months, we will continue to enhance our support for students as we prepare for fall. We’ve made it a priority to ensure students have a positive experience with online classes, with easy access to Academic Advisors and all the many student services and resources that remain available. Read more.

Is SFU still admitting students?

SFU has made a number of changes to our campus and services as we continue to maximize social distancing, and protect the health and safety of our community. For this reason, our team is working remotely and continuing to evaluate applications for Summer and Fall 2020.

Will I receive my offer of admission in the mail?

SFU has made a number of changes to our campus and services as we continue to maximize social distancing, and protect the health and safety of our community.  For this reason, we have suspended all paper admission offers.  Your offer of admission will arrive as a downloadable PDF via e-mail and you can view your status on goSFU.

When are admission offers made?

For secondary school applicants, we hope to have most of our admission offers completed by the end of April. For post-secondary applicants, by the end of May.

I am unable to attend SFU’s Fall term, can I defer my admission offer?

Yes, you can defer your admission for up to one year. For more information, visit defer your admission

Required documents

How is SFU receiving documents?

Our Student Recruitment and Admissions Staff are working on campus in a very limited capacity. Mail is being received on a weekly basis so it may take additional time to update your goSFU to-do list.

How do I submit my documents to SFU?

Official documents sent by mail or courier are being processed by the Undergraduate Admissions team. If due to COVID-19 you are unable to send your official document, please contact us.

Secondary school courses, exams

What happens if I can’t take my secondary school final exams?

We are aware of final exams being cancelled in many regions and the uncertainty of completing the school year. The disruption to your classes will not impact your application to SFU as most students will receive final transcripts and complete their secondary school studies. If this is not the case, please connect with us

What if I am unable to finish a secondary school required course for admission to Fall 2020?

We encourage you to complete as much of the school year as possible and we will evaluate your application fairly given the current circumstances. Please submit a Course Requirement Exception for review on a case-by-case basis.

If my secondary school is closed, will SFU consider final grades from online courses?

Yes, so long as you have an official grade on your transcript, we will use it in the admission evaluation. If you do not have a final grade for your online course but have 50% or more of the course completed, submit a Course Requirement Exception for review on a case-by-case basis.

Will I still be able to receive transfer credit for AP, IB, and A Level exams?

For Fall 2020, please note the following, as it relates to temporary measures put into place by the various testing organizations:

  • SFU's AP credit granting policy remains unchanged as CollegeBoard has announced updates to the administration of AP exams.  
  • Due to the cancellation of the Summer 2020 A level exams, SFU will award credit for results issued by exam board(s) based on adjusted assessment methods.
  • Although IB exams will not be administered this year, IBO will centrally score IB subjects and diplomas. SFU will grant credit based on these scores as outlined in our existing transfer credit policies.

International students

Please visit our COVID 19 FAQs for International Students for up-to-date COVID-19 information on immigration, travel, and medical insurance.

What happens if I can’t write an English assessment test to meet the English Language Requirement?

Student Recruitment and Admissions is working with students on a case-by-case basis, Please contact us for more information.

If you are applying for the Spring 2021 term, we recommend you write the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition.

As an international student, can I use the PDF admission offer for my Study Permit?

For advising about Study Permits, please contact International Services for Students.

Will a deferral impact my Study Permit?

For advising about Study Permits, please contact International Services for Students.

Post-secondary/transfer students

As a post-secondary transfer student, how will SFU evaluate my application for admission?

We have already evaluated many transfer applicants on interim grades and are working with our post-secondary partners to ensure we receive your final transcripts in April. The disruption to your classes will not impact your application to SFU.

Normally, students present graded courses for their admission evaluation to SFU. For Spring 2020, if a transfer institution provided the option of Pass (or equivalent) grades, at least 50% of courses in the Spring 2020 term must present with a letter grade (ie, A/B/C/D/F).

Exceptions may apply on a case-by-case basis should students have extenuating circumstances where this was not possible. Please contact us for additional information.

P grade questions: admission average; transfer credit; pre-requisites; FAL/ FAN; WQB

Will I receive transfer credit with a P grade?

Yes.

Will the P grade satisfy a minimum grade requirement for a pre-requisite course?

Yes.

Will the P grade satisfy the FAL/ FAN X99 requirement of a grade of "C- or higher”?

Yes.

Will the P grade count towards my W, Q, B requirements?

Yes.

How is a P grade calculated in my admission average?

P grades are not included in the calculation of your admission average.

Residence and housing

I applied to Residence and Housing for the Summer / Fall 2021 term. When are offers to live in residence being sent out? When can I expect to hear?

Yes, offers are being sent for both the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. Students should receive offers or hear about the status of either their summer or fall applications starting sometime in the middle of February.

What are the fees for Residence and when are they due?

For information on the fees to live in residences at SFU, please visit www.sfu.ca/students/residences/fees.html

For information on deadlines, confirmation deposits, cancellation fees, etc., please visit www.sfu.ca/students/residences/community/important-dates.html

Is SFU Residence open during COVID-19 and if so, how can I apply to live in Residence?

Absolutely. SFU Residence has remained open during COVID-19 and will continue to remain open. We have taken every necessary measure to ensure that residences remain a safe and friendly community for all of our student residents from both SFU and FIC.

We are currently accepting offers and sending out offer letters for both the Summer and Fall 2021 term. Feel free to email our team at housing@sfu.ca or visit www.sfu.ca/students/residences/apply.html

Is it safe to live in residences at SFU during COVID-19?

Yes. The SFU Residence and Housing team along with the student resident community continuously works to ensure that all of residences remains a clean and safe environment. For more information on what we are doing and what to expect while living on campus during COVID-19, please visit www.sfu.ca/students/residences/covid-19-information/general-information-covid-19.html

Financial planning information for parents and guardians

Due to the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on the economy, we recognize financially supporting your child’s post-secondary education may be a challenge. Below find funding opportunities to support a student’s education at SFU.

Funding opportunities for new students

Entrance Awards and Bursaries - SFU offers several entrance bursaries and awards to assist students for whom the cost of attending university would be a serious impediment. Deadline to apply – April 30, 2021 for students entering for Fall 2021.

Funding opportunities for new and current students

Application is on a term by term basis.

  • Scholarships - recognize outstanding academic achievement
  • Awards - generally acknowledge outstanding achievements or contributions to the community
  • Bursaries - are awarded on the basis of a demonstrated financial need
  • Work-Study - provides work opportunities for continuing students which are paid, part-time, and on-campus
  • Government Student Loans and Grants – Full-time or part-time students, BC and non-BC residents enrolled in eligible programs can apply to a variety of government assistance, student loans and grants. International students are not eligible for Canadian government student loans and grants. US Citizens may be eligible for US government student loans
  • Former Youth in Care –Tuition Waiver Programs – Students who are living – or have lived – as a youth in care in BC, may qualify for financial support to cover some of the costs of their education

Learn more about other programs administered outside of SFU.

MyFinances 101

Getting a degree is a significant investment. MyFinances101 is a free, online financial literacy course available for to help students understand their personal finances. Consisting of 7 modules, filled with insightful resources and helpful tools, MyFinances101 will provide students with a good level of foundational knowledge for your financial future. Access the course in mid-June, once you get your SFU Computing ID and password!

Questions? Reach out to the Financial Aid and Awards team to learn about the application process or upcoming deadlines, or answer any of your questions.