Financial Aid and Awards


Costs becoming a barrier? Financing your studies!

Financial Aid & Awards administers financial support programs that are based on merit and need for undergraduate students studying at Saint Mary's University. Providing students with access to a variety of financial resources, tools, and information; by rewarding academic excellence with awards; offering valuable expertise on government loans and creating job opportunities for students through the Work-Study program.

Need help with your spending plan, figuring out your resources, or discussing special financial circumstances? Talk to one of the Financial Aid & Awards Officers for personalized support and advice.

Meet our staff:

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Marcella Abreu, Assistant Registrar, Student Finances

Marcella is passionate about the global community and international cultures. She will focus on helping you reach your academic goals by alleviating your financial pressures.


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Taryn Hines, Financial Aid & Awards Officer

Taryn has a background in fine arts and a keen interest in health and wellness, including your financial wellbeing. She will help you navigate student loans and overcome financial barriers, so you can get the most out of your degree.

Tara Whitney, Financial Aid & Awards Officer



We're here to help! We encourage you to reach out to us by email at, which we are actively monitoring. You can also connect with us over the phone by calling 902-420-5609, on Mondays from 1:00pm-3:00pm, and Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:00pm. 

For more in-depth advising, our Financial Aid & Awards Officers are happy to offer phone appointments during our virtual office hours! Simply call our office at the number above so that we can book you in. 

The times for office hours, financial literacy and other events we are attending on campus can be found in the calendar below.

Our Calendar:

Our Videos: 

The SMU-How2 Video Series is designed to help show our new students how to make a smoother transition into a new independent life at Saint Mary’s University. 

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‌Financial Aid & Awards 
Service Centre, McNally Main 108
T: (902) 420.5582
F: (902) 420.5151