Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships
Awarded Fall 2018 onward
The terms of reference below apply to:
- Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships (International and Domestic)
- Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships with Distinction (International and Domestic)
- Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships with Distinction and Scholars Living Allowance (International and Domestic)
- The Darcy and Karina Biagioni Family Scholarship
- Surrey Close to Home Entrance Scholarship
- Tadeusz Specht Entrance Scholarships awarded Fall 2018 to Fall 2021
- Major Entrance Scholarship recipients who opted in to the new terms Fall 2018
To receive the first payment, your final grades must meet the academic requirements to maintain admission to your program of study for the Fall term, and be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 SFU standard graded units.
Entrance Scholarship recipients whose admission evaluation on final grades does not demonstrate a minimum score of 90% or 31IB points will be contacted by the Financial Aid and Awards office for additional requirements.
Predicted bonus points are not considered in the calculation.
If you enroll in 3 to 11 SFU standard graded units in your first term, your scholarship will automatically be deferred to the next term. To be eligible for your first payment in the following term, you must meet the renewal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 on your first term marks and enroll in at least 12 SFU standard graded units in the following term. You will become ineligible for entrance scholarship funding if you do not attain a minimum 2.00 CGPA in your first term.
To receive the second payment, you must achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.00 at the end of your first term, be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 SFU standard graded units, and demonstrate engagement in the community of scholars.
Payment Three, onwards:
To receive the third payment and all subsequent payments, you must have a minimum CGPA of 3.00, be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 SFU standard graded units per term, and demonstrate engagement in the community of scholars.
Demonstrate engagement in the community of scholars means:
- 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 reflection 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.
During the terms when you meet the CGPA requirements but 1) do not register in classes or 2) register in less than 12 SFU standard graded units, your scholarship will be automatically deferred to a future term when you meet eligibility criteria again. Your academic performance for those SFU units attempted will be reviewed when assessing your eligibility for your future entrance scholarship payments, whether you received a payment or not. You must meet the renewal CGPA on any academic work you attempt in order to remain eligible for your scholarship.
The term tenure for scholarships with four payments is nine terms (three years). That is, the payments must be claimed within nine terms of starting your studies at SFU.
The term tenure for scholarships with eight payments is eighteen terms (six years). That is, the payments must be claimed within eighteen terms of starting your studies at SFU.
The term tenure for scholarships which cover tuition and fees is twenty-one terms (seven years). That is, the payments must be claimed within twenty-one terms of starting your studies at SFU.
If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria, your scholarship may be permanently cancelled. Please see a financial aid advisor if you have any questions or concerns.
Students eligible for an SFU Employee Tuition Waiver
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.