Student Supports

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SFU Urgent Response Fund

  • SFU has set up a program for emergency financial aid for those in urgent need, **but it needs to be better**!
  • Available to students (Canadian and international) currently enrolled in classes
  • To request emergency financial aid from SFU, call Financial Aid and Awards at 778-782-6930. For more detailed information, please contact [fiassist@tssu.ca: fiassist@tssu.ca].

SFU Emergency Assistance for technology related funding

  • The Financial Aid and Awards office has some emergency funding available to both undergraduate or graduate students (Canadian and international) currently enrolled in classes, to subsidize the costs of purchasing a laptop, internet access and/or other needs related to online learning.
  • Students can receive up to a maximum of $700, but must have exhausted all other financial resources in order to access this fund.
  • This emergency assistance is specifically for purchasing technology and cannot be used to pay for any outstanding tuition and fees you may owe.
  • Contact the Financial Aid and Awards office via email at fiassist@sfu.ca or by phone 778-782-6930 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 3:30pm) and indicate that you are requesting access to emergency assistance funding for technology.

Continuation of Extended Health Benefits (for those in the Pacific Blue Cross Extended Health Plan)

If you didn’t get TA/TM/Sessional Instructor work this summer, you can fill out this form and send it to benefits@sfu.ca, so you can stay enrolled in the plan for up to two semesters. You must do this before the end of your TA/TM/Sessional Contract. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain payment types may be unavailable. Please contact tssu@tssu.ca if you run into any problems regarding payment with benefits@sfu.ca.

New MSP Access for International Students waiting for Study / Work Permit Renewal

  • Previously, international students waiting for a renewed work or study permit were denied access to MSP. The government was forced to change the policy and will now allow such folks to have temporary access to MSP through to July 31, 2020. Contact Health Insurance BC to request temporary coverage: 1-800-663-7100.
  • This urgent policy change was won from advocacy by the BC Health Coalition of which TSSU is a member. This win needs to be made permanent; TSSU will continue to advocate for BC MSP coverage to apply to all residents of BC, with no exclusions or waiting period. If you want to help, get in touch at tssu@tssu.ca.

Compassionate Leave

  • Due to COVID-19, SFU has extended the option of a compassionate leave from graduate students for Summer 2020 which means you don't have to pay tuition
  • The semester on leave will not count toward your time to completion and GPS will not require any specific documentation. Please contact your Graduate Program Assistant for more information about the Compassionate Leave process for Summer 2020.
  • Graduate students still have priority for TA/TM positions while on leave
  • You should seek advice from your graduate program assistant and supervisor as to what resources you may or may not have access to while on leave.
  • For international students going on leave, this may impact your immigration status, work/study permits, student loans, etc so it is best to seek advice from SFU's various administrative units before making any choice.