Undergraduate 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: Undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 60% of a full-time course load, and in a student loan eligible program, are considered to be studying full-time.  At SFU, this means a minimum of 9 units per term (15 units is considered a 100% courseload). Note: students with a recognized permanent disability (who have been approved through StudentAid BC) must be enrolled in at least 40% of a full-time course load, a minimum of 6 units per term. Your course load cannot include any courses for which you have received a passing grade previously.

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: Undergraduate students who are enrolled in 3 – 8 units at SFU exclusively are considered to be studying part-time. Note: students with a recognized permanent disability (who have been approved through StudentAid BC) who are enrolled in a minimum of 6 units per term can be considered to be studying full-time; to discuss your options, please contact us.

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.