Graduate Students

Student Loans

Students enrolled in eligible programs can apply for a variety of government-issued student financial assistance, including student loans and grants (non-repyable funding). Students may also be able to access Student Lines of Credit offered through their financial institutions. These forms of funding are offered to both full-time and part-time students.

What is considered full-time studies?

BC Residents: Graduate students must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a student loan eligible program.  If you have concerns about your program being eligible/ineligible, please contact us.

Out of Province Residents: Definitions of full-time studies vary for each province. To determine the definition for your province of residence, please go to your province's student loans website. For a listing of these websites, see the Out of Province Residents (Full-time & Part-Time) section.

What is considered part-time studies?

BC Residents: Graduate students who are enrolled in 2 – 5 units at SFU exclusively are considered to be studying part-time.

Out of Province Residents: Definitions of part-time studies vary for each province. To determine the definition for your province of residence, please go to your province's student loans website. For a listing of these websites, see the Out of Province Residents (Full-time & Part-Time) section.

Please review our list of programs that are not eligible for student loans and grants.

   

Please note: Government-issued student financial assistance, including loans and grants, is available to Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or students that have protected person status based on your province of residence. US Residents can be considered for US Federal Direct Funding and other targeted resources. If you belong to a different student group, please see our International Students page.