Student financial support & resources

During these extraordinary and uncertain times, Saint Mary's University is taking action to support our student community. COVID-19 has disrupted students' lives from not just an academic standpoint, but financially as well.

Living, working, and studying during a pandemic is challenging. We understand that the uncertain future has created a lot of stress and anxiety about how you will be able to continue your studies at the university.

We will continue to be here for you and help you achieve educational goals as much as possible. Overall, we encourage you to use the university and government supports available.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need support regarding your university's financial plans and resources, please contact either Financial Aid & Awards or Student Centre.


Interest and late fees have not been charged to student accounts by the university since March 16, 2020.

The university will return to regular practice for late fees and interest charges on student accounts in the Fall 2020 Term.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The federal government has announced a support program for post-secondary students and recent graduates that will "provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers." 

Learn more about this program.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 

Domestic and international students who earned at least $5,000 between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019 (or in the 12 months before the date of application) and who lost their jobs or were laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible to apply for CERB as long as they meet all other requirements.

Foreign workers can also apply (e.g. spouses of international students with open work permits).

You would be eligible to receive $2000 per month ($500 weekly).

Learn more about this program and apply for the CERB.

Canada launches initiatives focused on paid student employment (CSSG)

The Canada Student Service Grant will provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with a one-time payment of up to $5K to serve as volunteers in their communities.

Learn more at I Want to Help.


Student loan borrowers will have their payments suspended until September 30, 2020. This applies to both Canada Student Loans and Nova Scotia Student Loans

The Nova Scotia Student Assistance Office has moved to online services. For secure inquiries, please go to MyPATH and use the Ask Us feature. If you do not have a MyPATH account, please send them an email.  

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