Student financial support & resources

During these extraordinary and uncertain times, Saint Mary's University is taking action to support our student community. COVID-19 has disrupted students' lives from not just an academic standpoint, but financially as well.

Living, working, and studying during a pandemic is challenging. We understand that the uncertain future has created a lot of stress and anxiety about how you will be able to continue your studies at the university.

We will continue to be here for you and help you achieve educational goals as much as possible. Overall, we encourage you to use the university and government supports available.

The University, along with Saint Mary's University Student Association, will reduce some incidental fees for the spring and summer terms.

Invoices reflecting these changes will be available in Banner by May 9.  The following fees will not be charged for spring and summer students:

  • monthly interest charges for spring and summer terms
  • fees for UPass Summer Bus Pass
  • Sports & Recreation fee

Academic, student services and health and wellness supports remain available to students remotely; therefore, these fees will continue.

For a full list of student fees, please visit the university's Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses page

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The federal government has announced a support program for post-secondary students and recent graduates that will "provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers." 

Learn more about this program.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 

Domestic and international students who earned at least $5,000 between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019 (or in the 12 months before the date of application) and who lost their jobs or were laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible to apply for CERB as long as they meet all other requirements.

Foreign workers can also apply (e.g. spouses of international students with open work permits).

You would be eligible to receive $2000 per month ($500 weekly).

Learn more about this program and apply for the CERB.

Canada launches initiatives focused on paid student employment (CSSG)

The Canada Student Service Grant will provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with a one-time payment of up to $5K to serve as volunteers in their communities.

Learn more at I Want to Help.


The Saint Mary’s University Emergency Student Bursary Fund provides one-time emergency grants to students who are experiencing significant financial need and are at risk of being unable to meet basic needs such as housing, food and medical or other unanticipated expenses. The Emergency Bursary Fund was activated in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Students who are ineligible for government funding support programs will be the priority for bursary consideration. There are limited funds available and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have pursued all available options for financial support from other sources.


Learn how you can help support this fund with a charitable gift.

Student loan borrowers will have their payments suspended until September 30, 2020. This applies to both Canada Student Loans and Nova Scotia Student Loans

The Nova Scotia Student Assistance Office has moved to online services. For secure inquiries, please go to MyPATH and use the Ask Us feature. If you do not have a MyPATH account, please send them an email.  

During these unprecedented times, we understand that there might be concerns about renewable scholarships. We want to assure you that the consideration criteria are unchanged.

For first-year students, you must complete 24 hours by the end of April with a minimum GPA of 3.67.

As for returning students, you must complete 30 hours over 12 months (May 1-April 30) with a minimum GPA of 3.67.

NOTE: A "P" grade will not impact the criteria for a renewable award. It will count towards credit hours, but it will not be part of a student's GPA calculation.

Students should receive communication by mid-May on the status of their scholarships. The Registrar's Office will give direction to students on where they can ask questions or how to appeal the decision.

If you have a question specific to your situation, please email the Registrar's Office at

The deadline for VPAR Mobility Awards applications is now May 15, 2020. It is a financial support program for international learning activities.

Interest on outstanding student account balances will not be applied at this time until further notice.

No late fees will be applied to student accounts at this time until further notice.

During these challenging times, alumni and friends can support students financially through the COVID-19 Student Financial Relief Fund. Learn more.

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