Frequently Asked Questions

Entrance Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Top 4 Questions

I received an entrance financial aid offer. Where do I find the Terms of Reference and how do I accept or decline my offer?

You can view the Terms of Reference and accept or decline your offer through your Student Center. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your Student Center at applicant.sfu.ca.
  2. Select the “View Financial Aid and Awards” link under the Finances section.
  3. Select the year.
  4. Select the “ACCEPT/DECLINE AWARDS” button. Either button will link you to the next step.
  5. Review the instructions. Click on the scholarship/award/bursary name to view the Terms of Reference. You may wish to print a copy for your records.
  6. Once you have reviewed the Terms of Reference Select “Return to Previous Page”.  The Terms of Reference will remain on your Student Center for future referral.
  7. Provide your decision by Selecting the Accept or Decline checkbox.
  8. Select the “SUBMIT” button.
  9. Confirm the submission and then select “OK”.

Need more information? View screenshots for accepting the offer. Please see the Accepting your offer section down below.

I received a scholarship which covers "tuition and fees". What does that mean?

During the terms when you are meeting the eligibility criteria your scholarship will cover tuition, supplementary fees and mandatory supplementary fees as defined on our Calendar. Please review the information under numbers 1, 2 and 6 for more information.

How will I receive my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

The Terms of Reference agreement for your scholarship/award/bursary describe if your funding consists of one or more installments. When you enroll in classes your tuition and fees will show up on your student account.

The first installment of your SFU funding will be placed on your SFU student account during the 2nd week of classes - prior to the deadline to pay tuition and student fees, as long as you continue to meet the funding's eligibility requirements as per the Terms of Reference.

The funding will be applied to any outstanding balance on your SFU student account at the time. You will be responsible for ensuring any balance owing on your student account is paid prior to the payment deadline. Late fees are only charged on the balance remaining after the scholarship payment has been placed on your account.

What happens if there is money left over once my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary is placed in my SFU student account?

If your funding covers all of the fees on your account and you have extra funds remaining – these will be available to you in the form of a refund after the 6th week of classes. We strongly encourage all students to set up Direct Deposit administered through the Student Accounts Office in order to receive their refunds as soon as possible. There are no stipulations on how you use your refund.

Accepting your offer

I received an entrance financial aid offer. Where do I find the Terms of Reference and how do I accept or decline my offer?

You can view the Terms of Reference and accept or decline your offer through your Student Center. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your Student Center at applicant.sfu.ca.
  2. Select the “View Financial Aid and Awards” link under the Finances section.
  3. Select the year.
  4. Select the “ACCEPT/DECLINE AWARDS” button. Either button will link you to the next step.
  5. Review the instructions. Click on the scholarship/award/bursary name to view the Terms of Reference. You may wish to print a copy for your records.
  6. Once you have reviewed the Terms of Reference Select “Return to Previous Page”.  The Terms of Reference will remain on your Student Center for future referral.
  7. Provide your decision by Selecting the Accept or Decline checkbox.
  8. Select the “SUBMIT” button.
  9. Confirm the submission and then select “OK”.

Need more information? View screenshots for accepting the offer.

How can I view the status of my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

You can log into your Student Center to view the status of financial aid you receive by following the steps below:

  1. Log into your Student Center (SIS)
  2. In the finances section, click on “Student Aid & Award Profile”
  3. Click on the tab along the top that says “FA Term Selection Detail”
  4. Click on “view term details” – if your entrance scholarship, award, or bursary consists of more than one payment, this will show you the value of the payment for that term only, not the total value.

This is the best way for you to check the status of any scholarships, awards or bursaries that you receive now or in the future.

If I receive an entrance funding offer that is higher in value from a competing institution, will you match or exceed the offer?

Unfortunately, we do not match entrance funding offers. 

Can I have multiple entrance scholarships, awards or bursaries?

If you have been offered two SFU entrance scholarships, you will only receive the one with the higher value. Students may have SFU entrance bursaries and awards in addition to entrance scholarships.

What expenses can my funding offer cover?

Your funding offer can be used towards any outstanding balance on your SFU student account such as tuition, student fees, U-Pass, and residence.  Unfortunately, the funding cannot be used towards meals, textbooks or supplies as these require traditional methods of tender: cash, debit, and credit.  However, any unused amount will be issued to you as a refund after the 6th week of classes.  It is then up to you to use the money as you wish.

I received a scholarship which covers "tuition and fees". What does that mean?

During the terms when you are meeting the eligibility criteria your scholarship will cover tuition, supplementary fees and mandatory supplementary fees as defined on our Calendar. Please review the information under numbers 1, 2 and 6 for more information.

Maintaining your Entrance Scholarship/Award/Bursary Eligibility

What final admission evaluation range/IB Diploma score must I maintain in order to keep my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary offer?

You must maintain scholarship/award/bursary standing on your final grades for the courses used to calculate your admission evaluation. This standing refers to the minimum evaluation score or final IB Diploma score originally required to get your scholarship, award, or bursary offer.

The minimum requirement for scholarships is grades in the 90% range or a minimum 31 International Baccalaureate points. 

The minimum requirement for awards and most bursaries is grades in the 80% range or IB diploma score required for admission into your program.

Predicted bonus points are not considered in the calculation.

For information on eligibility requirements for your 2nd term onwards, please review your Terms of Reference or the Regulations page.

How many units do I have to enroll in to receive my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

Entrance Scholarships:

You must be enrolled in 12 units throughout the SFU term in order to receive your funding. If you drop below 12 units after having received any payment, the funds will be reversed from your student account. If you enroll in fewer than 12 units, your scholarship payment will automatically be deferred, however, your academic performance on any SFU work attempted will be considered for future scholarship eligibility.

Entrance Awards/Bursaries

You must be enrolled in 9 units throughout the SFU term in order to receive your funding. If you drop below 9 units after having received any payment, the funds will be reversed from your student account. If you enroll in fewer than 9 units, your scholarship payment will automatically be deferred, however, your academic performance on any SFU work attempted will be considered for future scholarship eligibility.

If you are a student with a disability, you may be eligible for a reduced course load (less than 12 units). You will need to be registered with and provide a letter from SFU’s Centre for Students with Disabilities confirming that you are approved, by the institution, to study at a reduced course load.

Will my scholarship cover co-op terms?

Co-op terms are not covered by scholarship funding. To receive your scholarship payment you must meet the eligibility criteria (enrollment in 12 SFU standard graded units). Enrollment in a co-op term does not fulfil these eligibility criteria. During a co-op term your scholarship will be deferred to a future term when you meet the eligibility criteria again. You are responsible for covering the co-op fees. 

Do I have priority for course enrollment?

Entrance Scholarships

As an entrance scholarship student, you have priority course enrollment access for as long as you hold your SFU entrance scholarship. For the Fall term, course enrollment takes place in July. You will be notified about your course enrollment date via email in June, and it will also be posted on your Student Center. Please see our guide to enrolling in classes.

Entrance Awards/Bursaries

Recipients are not eligible for priority course enrollment.

I have already accepted or received an entrance scholarship or bursary. How can I review the Terms of Reference for my scholarship or bursary?

1. New Students - How to review the Terms of Reference if you have NOT received any scholarship payments yet. View screenshots for viewing Terms of Reference.

2. Current Students - How to review the Terms of Reference if you have received at least one scholarship payment before. View screenshots for viewing Terms of Reference.

My scholarship requirements state I need to "demonstrate engagement in the community of scholars". What does that mean?

  • Involvement Coaching meetings with SFU staff once per term in the Fall and Spring of your first year only. You can expect a supportive atmosphere that prioritizes exploration and provides an opportunity to discuss your educational, career, and personal development. You will receive an email invitation to book your first Involvement Coaching meeting during your first Fall term.
  • Involvement refection completed annually, every Spring term. The specific guidelines for this reflection will be communicated in January each year. The written reflection will be aligned with the focus of the involvement coaching sessions, exploring themes of your goals, interests, skills and what communities or initiatives you’re involved with.
  • You will also be invited to participate in various optional on-campus events designed to connect you with other SFU USES scholars.

I have a disability. Am I eligible to receive my payment at a reduced course load?

You can be eligible to receive an entrance payment provided that you registered with SFU’s Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) and our office receives confirmation of your registration from the CAL office. 
A reduced course load is enrollment in a minimum of 6 or more units of standard graded courses. You must meet all other eligibility requirements of your scholarship/award/bursary. 


To register with SFU's Centre for Accessible Learning, please visit their website for their contact information.

Entrance Scholarship, Award, and Bursary Payments

How will I receive my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary?

The Terms of Reference agreement for your scholarship/award/bursary describe if your funding consists of one or more installments. When you enroll in classes your tuition and fees will show up on your student account.

The first installment of your SFU funding will be placed on your SFU student account during the 2nd week of classes - prior to the deadline to pay tuition and student fees, as long as you continue to meet the funding's eligibility requirements as per the Terms of Reference.

The funding will be applied to any outstanding balance on your SFU student account at the time. You will be responsible for ensuring any balance owing on your student account is paid prior to the payment deadline. Late fees are only charged on the balance remaining after the scholarship payment has been placed on your account.

What happens if there is money left over once my entrance scholarship, award, or bursary is placed in my SFU student account?

If your funding covers all of the fees on your account and you have extra funds remaining – these will be available to you in the form of a refund after the 6th week of classes. We strongly encourage all students to set up Direct Deposit administered through the Student Accounts Office in order to receive their refunds as soon as possible. There are no stipulations on how you use your refund.

I am eligible for an SFU Employee Tuition Waiver. Can I combine my entrance scholarship/award/bursary with the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver?

It depends on what entrance scholarship/award/bursary you received.

If you received the Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship with Distinction, which specifically covers your tuition and supplementary mandatory fees, unfortunately, you will not be able to combine the scholarship and the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver. This is based on a University policy that is attached to the SFU Employee tuition waiver. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to forego the waiver in the academic terms where you meet the scholarship eligibility requirements and receive a scholarship payment, as the entrance scholarship funding also covers certain fees, not applicable with the tuition waiver. However, you can use the employee tuition waiver in academic terms where you do NOT receive an entrance scholarship payment.

If you received the Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship valued at $20,000, the entrance scholarship payment will be applied to your student account first. If your tuition fees exceed the value of your scholarship payment, the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver can be applied against any remaining tuition fee charges only.

If you received any other university-funded entrance financial aid which does not indicate that it specifically covers tuition fees, the SFU Employee Tuition Waiver can be combined with your entrance financial aid.

Transfer Scholarships 

I was offered the Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship, but I cannot see it on my Student Centre. How can I accept my scholarship? 

These Transfer Scholarships are awarded to SFU applicants automatically as part of their admission if their admission GPA is 3.70 or higher. You do not need to accept this scholarship and it will not appear on your Student Center until the beginning of your first term. 

Your scholarship eligibility will be reviewed right before the start of your first term and you will receive an email from our office at that point informing you that your scholarship status has been reviewed and updated on your Student Center.

No action is required on your part except to:

  • enroll in a minimum of 12 units, and
  • maintain a minimum of 3.70 admission GPA on your final marks from your previous institution

If you continue to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria, the Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship will be placed on your account in week two (2) of classes of your first term at SFU, which is before the tuition fees are due.

How long do I have to claim my Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship?

As per the regulations, scholarship payment must be claimed within three (3) terms of starting your studies at SFU.

I enrolled in less than 12 units in my first term. How can I claim my Ken Caple Transfer Scholarship / International Summit Transfer Scholarship next term?

If you enroll in classes in your first term but do not meet the minimum of 12 unit requirement, your scholarship will be automatically deferred to your next term. To be eligible for your scholarship payment in your second or third term, you must:

  • meet the renewal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 on any SFU coursework, and
  • enroll in at least 12 SFU standard graded units in that term.

If you meet these requirements your scholarship will be applied to your account automatically in week two (2) of classes, which is before the tuition fees are due.

Other/External Funding

Tuition Waiver

You will still receive your entrance scholarship funds even if you have a tuition waiver. As usual, the balance of any entrance scholarship monies will be refunded to you in the 6th week of classes.

Passport to Education

Bring your Passport to Education, along with picture ID to the Registrar and Information Services counter at the Burnaby, Surrey or Vancouver campus. The funds will be deposited directly into your SFU student account and, like your SFU entrance scholarship, applied to any outstanding charges in your account (such as tuition, student fees, residence, etc.). If there is a positive balance owing to you, this will be available in the form of a refund.

Provincial Scholarships

If you have won a provincial scholarship, you should have a provincial scholarship voucher. Bring this, along with picture ID to the Registrar and Information Services counter at the Burnaby, Surrey or Vancouver campus. Be sure that the Social Insurance Number and address listed on the voucher is correct. SFU will submit the voucher to the Ministry of Education on your behalf. After approximately eight weeks from the start of classes, the Ministry will send the scholarship cheque directly to your home.

External and Private Funding

SFU does not restrict the number of external and private scholarships, awards or bursaries a student may receive.  However, the organizations donating the funds may have stipulations regarding the amount of entrance funding you can hold.  We recommend you consult the sponsoring organization for their funding requirements.

Parking and Residence

*For Undergradudate Scholars Entrance Scholarship recipients only

Parking

Entrance scholarship recipients studying at the Burnaby campus can purchase a parking pass at the Burnaby campus. There is currently no parking lottery for a pass at the Burnaby campus. Check Parking Services for the cost of a parking pass at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Entrance scholarship recipients studying at the Surrey campus will receive priority for purchasing a Surrey campus parking pass at the Surrey campus in their first term. Your name and student number will automatically be forwarded to the Parking Services department however you still need to enter your name in the online parking lottery application to provide information about your vehicle. You must enter the lottery every term.

Residence

We offer priority access to residence in the Fall term for scholarship students who meet all applicable deadline dates. Residence deadline dates are specified at Residence and Housing.

New Undergraduates: Getting Started

See our guide for new undergraduates for critical information on:

  • Accept your offer and get your computing ID
  • Take SFU 101
  • Enroll in classes and pay your fees
  • Get your U-Pass and student ID card