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Crisis financial aid
The University of Saskatchewan is no longer able to offer financial assistance in the form of bursaries or grants related to COVID-19. We have had an overwhelming number of inquiries and all available funds have been depleted.
Students may be eligible to apply for other financial assistance, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Government of Saskatchewan support.
USask crisis aid loans may be available to those who are not eligible for the CESB. Contact Student Central for more information.
Government financial aid
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada has announced a variety of financial support to Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. Support is available to:
- Post-secondary students and recent graduates
- Individuals and families
- People facing loss of income
- Indigenous peoples
- Those experiencing homelessness
- Women and children fleeing violence
- Business owners
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.
This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
Applications are open from May - August 2020. For more information, visit Canada's CESB webpage.
Government of Saskatchewan emergency financial aid
Unfortunately, this funding is now depleted. No further applications will be accepted.
The Saskatchewan government made available emergency financial aid to help at-risk post-secondary students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, contact the Aboriginal Students' Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about additional federal and local Indigenous government funding and supports.
Changes in procedures due to COVID-19
2020/21 tuition (September 2020 - August 2021)
The full breakdown of 2020-21 tuition and fees is available here. These rates will come into effect beginning Sept. 1, 2020.
Even as tuition rates remain unchanged, we remain focused on program and delivery enhancements to ensure that our students receive a rich and rigorous education that will set them up for success following graduation. The method of program delivery—whether in-class, remote, or a blend of both—does not change the high quality and exceptional value of a USask degree.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on students, USask is implementing a tuition freeze for 2020/21 for a majority of its programs.
Tuition rates for three colleges—Western College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Dentistry, and College of Law—will see tuition increases ranging from 3 to 15%. These tuition increases have been previously announced, and reflect the specific needs of these respective programs.
The university and third-party stakeholders continue to evaluate certain student fees for the 2020–2021 academic year (September 2020-August 2021). If changes are made to student fees, students' accounts will be adjusted as necessary.
So far, 2020 Fall Term fee reductions include:
- A 50% reduction of the USSU Infrastructure fee (undergraduate students only)
- The USSU fee has been held to the 2019-20 level (undergraduate students only)
- A 25% reduction of the Recreation fee
- The Athletic fee has been reduced to $0
- The USSU/GSA U-Pass transit fee has been reduced for the 2020 Fall Term to $0 for students who are only taking remote and/or off-campus classes. Students taking classes where any portion of a class is in-person will be assessed the transit fee.
Students who are taking in-person classes or remote classes (which would normally be in-person classes) are assessed on-campus/remote student fees. Students who are taking traditionally off-campus, audit or distance education classes are assessed off-campus student fees.
Decisions about student fees have been made to ensure that important programs, services and supports that help students succeed while taking classes at USask are maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic and can resume their in-person operations afterward without significant interruption.
More information about student fees can be found online:
- Undergraduate student fees (September 2020 – August 2021)
- Graduate student fees (September 2020 – August 2021)
International differential tuition multipliers
International differential tuition multipliers will remain unchanged at 2.73 for undergraduate students and 1.58 for graduate students and are projected to remain below most U15 comparators.
Tuition and fee payment options
- Payment by mail is not available. Due to the complexity of receiving and processing cheques or money orders while university buildings are closed, we cannot accept cheques or money orders as payment for tuition and fees.
- In-person payment is not available. While university buildings are closed, in-person payment is not available.
Late payment fees on overdue tuition
From April 2020 to August 2020, the university will not charge monthly late fees to students with overdue tuition and student fees.
If you have a balance outstanding after payment deadlines pass, your overdue account will still result in a hold on your student account, which prevents you from registering for classes, ordering transcripts and viewing your grades until the overdue account is resolved.
Graduate instalment plan
The Graduate Student Tuition Instalment plan is suspended for the spring and summer terms due to the complexity of administrating the payment plan while university buildings are closed.
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect financially on many USask students, and so, we have extended the tuition and fee payment deadline for the 2020 spring and summer terms:
- 2020 Spring Term tuition and fees are now due on June 2 (originally May 13)
- 2020 Summer Term tuition and fees are now due on August 3 (originally July 9)
If students choose, due to their individual financial circumstances, to pay after these payment deadlines, the university will not charge monthly late fees (as of April 2020 and until August 2020). However, if you have a balance outstanding after payment deadlines pass, your overdue account will still result in a hold on your student account, which prevents you from registering for classes, ordering transcripts and viewing your grades until the overdue account is resolved.
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Canada Student Loans
The following measures are being put in place to support student loan borrowers during COVID-19:
- Student loan repayment will be suspended until September 30, 2020:
- If you are registered for pre-authorized debit, they will be automatically stopped so you do not have to do anything.
- If you are making payments by cheque or other means, you are not required to make payments during the suspension period.
- If you want to continue making payments on your loan, you may do so through online banking or by logging in to your secure National Student Loans Service Centre account and using the Make a Payment option.
- Interest will not be charged to borrowers on their student loans from March 30 - September 30, 2020.
If your loan was issued by Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan or British Columbia, this applies to both the federal and provincial portions of your student loan.
If your loan was issued by Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Alberta or Manitoba, the National Student Loans Service Centre only administers the federal portion of your loan, and therefore, this applies to your Canada Student Loan only. However, your province may already have announced similar measures for the provincial portion of your loan; please contact the issuing province for more information.
Note: It may take some time for these measures to be applied to your NSLSC online account. As such, your student loan account may temporarily reflect incorrect information.
Extended income tax filing and payment deadlines
The deadline for individuals to file their Canada income tax has been extended to June 1, 2020, and the deadline to pay any amounts owed has been extended to September 1, 2020.
Note: some taxpayers may have received a Notice of Assessment that says the deadline for payment is April 30, 2020, which is incorrect.
Frequently asked questions
Since we are providing alternative means for students to complete their academic work (e.g, remotely and online), there are currently no plans to refund tuition to students who choose to withdraw from their classes—unless it is for reasons allowable under the Financial Appeal Policy.
Shop USask Bookstore is extending the return deadline on any products purchased on, or after, March 1. Items must be in store-bought condition and be accompanied by a receipt. Once the store has reopened, customers will have 30 days to make their return.
We are currently not doing textbook buybacks for the Spring and Summer terms. We expect to re-launch the program for Fall term, so hold onto those books!