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.
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:
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 email@example.com to arrange a phone call, virtual appointment or email follow-up from a Student Services case manager.