Government Grants and Loans
The Government of Canada works with most provincial or territorial governments to offer student grants and loans. In all situations, students apply with their province or territory of residence, which does not always coincide with the province in which they plan to study in. The amount students can receive each term is calculated when they submit their application. Students are automatically considered for all grants and loans that they may be eligible for at that time of application.
The amount of funding a student can receive depends on many factors, including:
- Their province or territory of residence
- Their family income, which could include an expected contribution from parent(s)
- If they have dependents
- Their term-based tuition and mandatory fees and living expenses
- If they have a recognized disability
The Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) outlines the terms of accepting and repaying student loans. Students only have to sign this agreement once as it covers present and future student loans.
Students will only have to re-sign a new MSFAA if they apply for government-issue student financial assistance after:
- taking a 2-year break from school, or
- permanently moving to another province/territory
The MSFAA will not show grant or loan amounts. Students will receive a Notice of Assessment from their province or territory that tells them how much student assistance they will receive per application.
Students can review the terms and conditions of their MSFAA on the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) website.
Student Loan Interest
Effective April 1st, 2023, the Government of Canada has permanently eliminated the accumulation of interest on all Canada Student Loans including loans currently being repaid.
Several other Provinces and Territories have also eliminated the accumulation of interest on loans issued from their jurisdictions including BC, Manitoba, and New Brunswick. Please check with your home Province or Territory for confirmation.
B.C. Residents (StudentAid BC funding)
StudentAid BC has created a series of YouTube videos to help students learn about the student financial assistance journey from start to finish.
Families from other Provinces or Territories
If your family is not from B.C., students apply through their home Province or Territory for funding.
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.