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Awards and Financial Aid

Here you'll find out about various ways of financing your education, including scholarships and awards, student loans and bursaries, and the Work Study program.


Scholarship application | Bursary/Workstudy application | Graduate students | Certificate for Senior Citizens | Location | Drop-ins | Appointments | Bursaries | Contact us | Need help?

Service Awards for students

Deadline: April 15, 2009. Please submit your nomination and/or letter of application with supporting documentation, Attention: Manoj Bhakthan, Associate Director, Financial Aid and Awards, in the Maggie Benston Student Services Centre. Download the pdf of the Service Awards. (All values approximate.) These awards are also listed in the SFU Calendar.

Scholarship application

Deadline for current undergraduates to apply for scholarships and awards for the Summer term is May 15, 2009. The Scholarships and Awards list for Summer 2009 will be availble in mid-April.

Bursary/Workstudy application

Bursaries are non-repayable awards given to either undergraduate or graduate students on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Financial need is the difference between your financial resources (for example, scholarships, government student loans, parental or family contributions, personal savings, work income and assets) and your educational costs and living expenses. Bursaries should not be treated as your primary source of funding. Instead, you should think of them as a supplementary source of income.

Our Work-Study program provides part-time on-campus jobs for full-time graduate and undergraduate students based on the student's level of need. One application covers both programs.

To apply for bursaries or workstudy, please use the application system link that is found when you log into the Student Information System. Please do not use the Scholarship application for bursaries.

The Bursary only application period on the Student Information System for the Summer 2009 term is March 9-20, 2009.

Graduate students

Scholarships and fellowships for graduate students are administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies office.Find out if you qualify for any scholarships or fellowships at Financial Aid for Prospective Graduate Students.

Students in the Certificate for Senior Citizens Program

A financial aid opportunity is available to students approved into the Certificate for Senior Citizens program. Please view the application for more information on the eligibility requirements to be considered for this funding.

Application deadline for the Spring 2009 term is December 5, 2008.

For questions about this financial aid opportunity, please email us at fiassist@sfu.ca.

See more information about the Certificate for Senior Citizens program.

Location

The main office for Financial Aid and Awards is located at the end of the hallway on the top floor (3000 level) of the Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) at the Burnaby campus. The Registrar and Information Services offices at Burnaby, Surrey, or Vancouver can answer your general questions about Financial Aid and Awards.

However, if you have a more complex question that can't be answered through one of the Information Assistants, please come and see one of our Financial Aid Advisors during our Drop-In Appointments.

Drop-ins

Drop-ins are first come, first served, and are no longer limited to 10 minutes. We will try to accommodate as many students as we can during these times.

Look for the Self-Service Check-In System located in the following areas (see below) when you want to sign in to see a Financial Aid Advisor during drop-in times.

Step 1: Sign in with your information and submit the appropriate web form
Step 2: Have a seat in the area and an FAA advisor will come out and call your name. Please don't leave the area or you will lose your turn.

Drop-ins are available during the following times:

  • Burnaby Campus (Location - Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) 3000 level)

    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Wednesday - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Friday - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Surrey Campus (Location - Advising Centre - Mezzanine Level - Dale B. Regehr Hall)

    Drop-in appointments available between 9:30am - 1:30pm and 2:30pm - 3:30pm on the following dates only for Spring 2009:

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    Tuesday April 14, 2009

    There are no appointments available at this time at the Surrey campus, only drop-ins.
  • Vancouver Campus (Location - Registrar and Information Services - Harbour Centre)

    Drop-in appointments available between 10:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm on the following dates only for Spring 2009:

    Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Thursday, February 12, 2009
    Thursday, March 12, 2009
    Thursday April 2, 2009
  • There are no appointments available at this time at the Vancouver campus, only drop-ins.

Appointments

Our drop-in times are meant to accommodate as many students as possible. However, if you can not make it during the drop-in times listed above, please schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor at our SFU Burnaby campus.

Appointments are currently available upon request at our SFU Burnaby campus only. Call 778.782.4356.

Bursaries

For bursary information, phone 778.782.4356.

Contact us

The main office for Financial Aid and Awards is located at the end of the hallway on the top floor (3000 level) of the Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) at the Burnaby campus. The Registrar and Information Services offices at Burnaby, Surrey, or Vancouver can answer your general questions about Financial Aid and Awards.

Need help?

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office by email at fiassist@sfu.ca or call 778.782.4356.

Search our FAQs or ask a question at AskSFU

Confused about the difference between scholarships and awards or bursaries and loans? See University Vocabulary.

NEWS

New for Spring 2009: We will be offering some limited advising support at the Surrey and Vancouver campuses. Drop-in advising will be available on a first come, first served basis. There are no appointments available at this time at Surrey or Vancouver, only drop-ins. Days and hours of operation are shown below.

The 2008/2009 StudentAid BC student loan application is now available at www.studentaidbc.ca for classes starting August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009. See more ...

New online confirmation option available to current, full-time students to maintain their interest free status for previous student loan funding received through StudentAid BC. Go to the StudentAid BC website and see Resources in the left hand menu.