Student Central

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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
  • Seniors
  • Business owners

For more information, visit Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan webpage. All inquiries should be directed to the Canada Revenue Agency.

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.

International students

If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, contact the International Student and Study Abroad Centre at international.students@usask.ca to discuss additional resources and community supports.

Indigenous students

If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, contact the Aboriginal Students' Centre at asc@usask.ca to learn more about additional federal and local Indigenous government funding and supports.

Changes in procedures due to COVID-19

Spring and summer fees

Due to classes being offered remotely, all undergraduate and graduate students registered in the 2020 spring and summer terms will be assessed off-campus fees.

For undergraduate students, off-campus student fees include a University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Students' Union fee and a student wellness and services fee.

For graduate students, the off-campus student fee covers the student wellness and services fee.

2020/21 tuition update

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.

Tuition freeze

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.

Student fees

In working with a variety of service providers, USask has reduced several student fees for the fall 2020 term.

Of note, undergraduate students will see a 50 per cent reduction in the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union fee for infrastructure, while the USSU general student fee will remain at the 19/20 rate. All students will see a 25 per cent reduction in fees for athletics and recreation.

The fees for fall 2020 were determined following broad consultation between USask and all service providers to ensure that services currently offered and services expected to show increased demand over the term are fully supported financially and readily accessible to students as needed.

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 deadlines

In response to the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our students, the tuition and fee payment deadlines for the 2020 spring and summer terms have been extended.

  • 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)

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.

Visit the Payment and due dates page for payment information. For more information, email student_accounts@usask.ca.

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.

For more information, email student_accounts@usask.ca.

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.

Please email parking@usask.ca for more information.

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!