Financial resources for students

If you are a student who has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and require support, check out these helpful resources and links.

Updated August 21, 2020.

Financial support and funding

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The 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. Applications are now open

Eligibility and how to apply

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Learn more.

  • If you were employed part-time or full-time during your studies, you may be eligible for the CERB. 
  • This benefit will support eligible international students.

Student awards

  • Visit the student awards page for information on available scholarships, student awards and bursaries.

Other resources

  • The Students' Union has a Hardship Fund available for students who have exhausted their financial options. Learn more.
  • The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) has listed financial resources for students. Learn more.

Indigenous student resources

  • Métis students experiencing financial hardship can apply for the Rupertsland Student Emergency Program (RSEP) from the Rupertsland Institute. Eligible students can receive support in the form of rent subsidies, grocery support, distance learning assistance, tutoring, or complimentary health services such as health program enrolment or counselling. Find eligibility information and application here.
  • Indigenous students enrolled in a master's or PhD health-related program can apply for Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Network's COVID-19 Pandemic Personal Support Stipend. Up to $1,500 per applicant is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer to their PDF form for more information.

 

Student loans and grants

Canada Student Loans

From March 30 to September 30, 2020, Canada student loan repayments will be suspended and interest will not be accrued. Pre-authorized debits will also be stopped. If you wish, you can still make loan repayments during this time. Learn more on the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) site.

Note that repayment assistance is available for eligible borrowers. Learn more about the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) here.

Canada Student Grants

Students will be able to access additional loans and grants. Low-income grants will be doubled to $6,000 per academic year, weekly maximum student loan levels will increase from $210 to $350, and student and spousal contribution limits will be removed to reflect the loss of personal and family income during the pandemic. Learn more on the Canada Student Grants and Loans page.  

Alberta Student Aid

From March 30 to September 30, 2020, repayments will be suspended and interest will not be accrued. Pre-authorized debits will also be stopped. If you wish, you can still make loan repayments during this time. Learn more.

Other provinces

If you are receiving funding from another province, please visit your respective province's student aid website:

Student employment

Work placements, youth employment and student/youth volunteers

Career Services offers one-on-one career advising and workshops to support your job search. Visit their website for information on how to connect.

Students who are looking for job opportunities can visit:

International students

Until August 31, 2020, the Government of Canada will temporarily remove the restrictions that allow international students to work a maximum of 20 hours/week, provided they are working in an essential service or function. If this impacts you, consult your employer for more information.

  • Undergraduate international students who were registered full-time in winter 2020 and who will be registered full-time in fall 2020 are eligible to work full-time from May to August 2020.
  • Graduate international students who are working in an essential service or function are able to work more than 20 hours a week from May to August 2020.

Food security

  • In their effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Students' Union Campus Food Bank program is currently closed. Please click here for a list of other available food resources.
  • The Calgary Food Bank provides essential food hampers to those in need. For more information, visit their website
  • The Calgary Community Fridge offers free access to fresh and frozen food items, pantry staples, and personal care products. Visit their Instagram page for more information.

Housing

  • The Government of Alberta also announced increased protections for renters. Read the full list here.
  • The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation have provided mortgage deferral information for students who own homes or property.

Indigenous families

  • Jordan's Principle also provides First Nations families living on- and off-reserve with services and programs to address children's health, social and educational needs. Call 1-855-JP-CHILD (1-855-572-4453), open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit the Government of Canada website for eligibility information.
  • The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC) are providing relief payments of $1000 per month for three months to provide financial relief to Métis Nation renters who are directly impacted by this pandemicFill out an application online or download one from metishousing.ca. This program will be administered until funds are no longer available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academic support

Do you need help with your academics – such as with writing, online learning, or deciding what program to take? The Student Success Centre can help. You can make an appointment by phone or email, talk to someone immediately using their virtual front desk – or even ask grammar and citation questions online.

Student Success Centre

Wellness

Visit the Student Wellness Services website for information on health and mental health services. For mental health support, email sar@ucalgary.ca. If you are a student in immediate distress, please contact one of our after-hours partners. You can find more mental health resources for students on the Student Wellness Services website.

Student Wellness Services

Campus support

Learn how you can connect remotely with a variety of campus groups, such as Career Services, Faith and Spirituality, International Student Services, Writing Symbols Lodge, the Women's Resource Centre and more.

Explore remote services

Related links

Government of Canada
Support for students and recent graduates impacted by COVID-19

Government of Alberta
COVID-19 supports for Albertans

The City of Calgary
COVID-19 resources