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SFU Student Urgent Response Fund

Your gift provides immediate support to students with unexpected financial needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to the SFU Alumni Association for making a generous matching gift of $55,000 in celebration of SFU’s 55th anniversary and resilience as an alumni community. Although the match has been met, your gift to the Student Urgent Response Fund will continue to provide vital support to SFU students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for us all—many find their routines significantly disrupted by this new reality.

SFU students have been particularly hard hit. In an effort to do our part for the health and safety of the community, all three campuses converted to a virtual learning environment that will extend throughout the summer term—a major change to the educational experience.

With the closure of libraries and the loss of income from part-time and co-op jobs, some students find themselves unable to afford the technology required to complete their coursework remotely. In addition, many students are seeking help with day-to-day living expenses, flights to reunite with family, and more.

Thousands of students have already come forward to our Financial Aid office—and the number of students that need support continues to grow. The SFU Student Urgent Response Fund was established as a campus-wide initiative to ensure that those with the greatest need, whether undergraduate, graduate, domestic or international student, are able to access support.

Donation Impact

The SFU Student Urgent Response Fund addresses unexpected financial needs arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised will be distributed to provide immediate support for a wide range of student needs.

Examples of support may include:

  • Support for students who are unable to afford the technology they need to complete their university work remotely;
  • Flights for students to return home to other parts of the region, country or world;
  • Day-to-day living expenses, such as rent, food and medications—particularly for students unable to connect with family or who are ineligible for other forms of government subsidy.

Your gift ensures that students can remain successful in these unprecedented times.

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SFU Faculty & Staff can sign up for payroll giving here: give.sfu.ca/payroll-giving 

If you would like to support students through another project, you can access the general donation form here: give.sfu.ca/donate


For students with concerns or difficult circumstances caused by COVID-19, please email student_support@sfu.ca to arrange a phone call, virtual appointment or email follow-up from a Student Services case manager.