Bursaries

Benefit Plan Bursary

The annual GSS Benefit Plan Bursary is intended to offset the costs of the extended Health & Dental Benefit Plan ($462.20) for graduate students in demonstrated financial need.

Fall Application Deadline: October 11, 2019 at 4pm

If you have any questions, email us at help@sfugradsociety.ca

To apply, submit the Benefit Plan Bursary Application Form to the GSS Offices. Original applications must be provided by intercampus mail, regular mail or in person at the GSS Office, MBC 2203. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Acceptable External Confirmation documents include: Scholarship Award Letters, TA/RA Contracts, or Paycheque stubs. We cannot accept zero income, you must provide proof of funds.

If you use a CRA Notice of Assessment, it must provide proof of all income/funds. We cannot accept it as a standalone External Confirmation document if it does not provide sufficient proof of your funds. 

Notification of results usually occurs within one month of the deadline.

Important to Note: Please note that In-person cheque pick-up is highly recommended. Due to high incidence of lost cheques, student cheques will no longer be delivered to SFU department offices. If replacement of a lost cheque is required, $25 will be deducted from the requested cheque amount, or the recipient may elect to wait until the last cheque is stale-dated (6 months from cheque date). Cheques may take up to 2 weeks by mail to home addresses.


Family Subsidy 

The GSS is proud to continue its Family Subsidy program to assist graduate students who have children. Graduate students with children, in demonstrated financial need, are eligible to apply to receive funding. Please note, subsidy amounts vary due to funding.

Fall Application Deadline: October 11, 2019 at 4pm

Spring Application Deadline: February 14, 2020 at 4pm DEADLINE EXTENDED*

*In light of the current situation with COVID-19, the GSS will be accepting applications for Family Subsidies starting March 19, 2020.  

To apply, submit the Family Subsidy Application Form, along with all external confirmation documents electronically to help@sfugradsociety.ca.  The application form may be filled out electronically using Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free here.

Acceptable External Confirmation documents include: Scholarship Award Letters, TA/RA Contracts, or Paycheque stubs. We cannot accept zero income, you must provide proof of funds.

If you use a CRA Notice of Assessment, it must provide proof of all income/funds. We cannot accept it as a standalone External Confirmation document if it does not provide sufficient proof of your funds.

Notification of results usually occurs within one month of the deadline.

Family Subsidy Regulations:

  • All first-time applicants will be automatically enrolled in the Quest food exchange program.
  • Only one (1) FSA may be granted to an applicant per academic year.
  • The maximum number of FSAs granted per family cannot exceed three (3) in total*.
  • Secondary applications must show evidence of applications to external sources (e.g. official documentation of denial of subsidy, awards, and government services).
  • Non-essential expenses (e.g. flights) will not be considered.

*Families with multiple graduate students will be considered as one family, as such, the maximum limit of three (3) applies per family. No exceptions.

Important to Note: We will contact successful applicants to obtain their banking information in order to complete an Electronic Funds Transfer.

If you have any questions, email us at help@sfugradsociety.ca