Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.90
Liaison Pegah Djamzad
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.91 / 4.00 Manoj Bhakthan
Director
Financial Aid and Awards
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

SFU offers several bursaries and awards to assist students for whom the cost of attending university would be a significant barrier to accepting their admission to Simon Fraser University. See details here:
https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/entrance/highschool/need-based-app-ss.html

These programs work in conjunction with the range of grants and scholarships administered by the provincial and federal governments, details of which can be found here: https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

The Work-Study Program is an opportunity to participate in research-based projects and earn a supplemental income. To qualify and maintain eligibility for a Work-Study placement you must: have a demonstrated financial need (as assessed by SFU); be enrolled in a minimum of 9 units of standard graded courses in the term of application, unless otherwise stipulated; be in good academic standing and have a minimum CGPA of 2.00 at SFU in the term of application (waived in your first term at SFU).
https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/undergrad/work-study.html


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

SFU provides numerous guides to prepare families for higher education. The guide linked here provides information on tuition fees, living costs, etc.
https://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/students/isap/Advising%20Handouts/Information%20for%20Parents.pdf

SFU also offers a MyFinance 101 which is a finance literacy training open to all SFU students and the general public: http://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/myfinances101.html


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

See description for bursaries and scholarships above.


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

StudentAid BC assists eligible BC residents with the federal part-time student financial assistance program. https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/undergrad/loans/bc-res-part-time.html


A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

SFU's Burnaby campus has a childcare facility on site: http://www.sfu.ca/childcare.html

TSSU Membership Childcare Fund available for students at SFU, with children, who are members of the Teaching Support Staff Union (hold an appointment as a TA, TM, Sessional Instructor or ELC/ITP Instructor): http://www.tssu.ca/childcare/


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is a welcoming gathering space that provides holistic student support and services to Indigenous students from the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Nations. There are multiple programs and services offered through ISC to the indigenous student community at SFU including: financial aid, third party sponsorship, elder programs and more. https://www.sfu.ca/students/indigenous/about.html


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
17.70

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
73

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
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Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):
13.40

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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With respect to Canada Student Grants for Students from Low-Income Families for undergraduate students, approximately 17.7% of the total undergraduate population received this low-income grant.

SFU does not track the graduation/success rate for low-income students or the percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required.

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