Student Loans, Financial Aid and Other Resources
As a student, URSU (University of Regina Students’ Union) provides several services to make your life easier and enhance your well-being. URSU offers several cost-effective and valuable services that can benefit students
URSU Emergency Bursary Fund: The Emergency Bursary Fund is designed to help students meet essential living expenses, including food, shelter, and childcare costs. Eligible students can receive up to $1,000 ($1,500 if they have dependents) from the Emergency Bursary Fund every two fiscal years. To learn more about the available URSU Funds and the application process, please refer to the URSU Student Support Funds By-Law. You can access the Emergency Bursary Fund application here: Emergency Bursary Application.
URSU Emotional Wellness Fund: URSU recognizes the importance of supporting students’ emotional well-being. The Emotional Wellness Fund provides financial aid to students facing traumatic or crisis situations. By submitting an application, students may be reimbursed for up to five services per semester, or a maximum amount of $500. The fund covers expenses related to counseling services, physical and non-physical wellness memberships/classes, and professional psychology services. For more information about the available URSU Funds, please refer to the URSU Student Support Funds By-Law. You can access the Emotional Wellness Fund application here: Emotional Wellness Fund Application.
URSU Bursary for Students with Disabilities: The Bursary for Students with Disabilities aims to assist both full-time and part-time University of Regina students with the costs of disability-related educational services and equipment. The funding supports accommodations such as note-takers, tutors, interpreters, and technical aids needed by students with disabilities during their enrollment at the University of Regina. The amount of aid provided depends on the costs of required disability-related services and equipment, as well as whether the disability is permanent or temporary. The maximum funding per student is $600. For further details and the application process, please visit the Bursary for Students with Disabilities Application page.
URSU Unpaid Work Experience Subsidy:
The University of Regina Students’ Union is aware that academically-required unpaid internships, placements and practicum work often leave already financially vulnerable students in a very precarious position. The Unpaid Work Experience Subsidy is a subsidy set up to help compensate students for unpaid work. The subsidy serves all students working towards career development and not receiving an hourly wage for their work. In order to be eligible for this subsidy your work must simply not receive an hourly wage. Students receiving small honorariums are still encouraged to apply. The other requirements to be eligible for this subsidy are as follows: 1) Must be an URSU member in good standing, 2) Enrolled in a program whereby Unpaid Work is a degree program requirement, 3) Must not be receiving an honorarium or stipend that meets or exceeds subsidy amounts, 4) Must not work for employers that are owned or operated by immediate family members, 5) Student may not apply for a subsidy retroactively. You can find the application here: Career Development Grant Powered by URSU and The Co-operators.
Student Health and Dental Plan: If you have insurance coverage, URSU encourages you to utilize it. At the beginning of the Fall semester, you have the option to add dependents to your insurance plan, enabling them to benefit from the coverage as well. This plan is designed to support your health and dental needs throughout your academic journey.
U-PASS: URSU offers a heavily discounted, mandatory bus pass, known as U-PASS, exclusively for students. This pass provides you with affordable transportation options for the entire semester, allowing you to travel conveniently and economically within the city.
URSU Cares Pantry: URSU Cares Pantry is a valuable service aimed at addressing food insecurity among students. If you find yourself in need, you can sign up for this service, which offers essential food items and other necessities to ensure you have access to nutritious meals and a supportive environment.
URSU Cares Thrifts: URSU Cares Thrifts is a clothing service specifically designed for students who may face financial constraints when purchasing new clothes. This service provides affordable and accessible clothing options, allowing you to maintain a comfortable and stylish wardrobe without straining your budget.
These URSU services are designed to support you throughout your academic journey, promoting your well-being and ensuring that you have access to essential resources. Take advantage of these offerings to enhance your student experience and make the most of your time at the University of Regina.
Student societies play a vital role in supporting students and providing additional funding options. Here are some student societies that offer bursaries and funding opportunities:
UR Pride: UR Pride offers various funding options for students. To explore the available bursaries and funding opportunities, please visit their website at UR Pride Bursaries. For detailed information, it is recommended to directly contact UR Pride.
Website: UR Pride
RPIRG (Regina Public Interest Research Group): RPIRG offers various funding opportunities to support student initiatives. To learn more about the available options and the application process, please visit their website at RPIRG Funding. It is advisable to contact RPIRG directly for specific information.
Each student society may have different bursaries and funding options available. It is recommended to reach out to each individual society to inquire about their specific programs and application procedures. By contacting them directly, you can gather detailed information and clarify any queries you may have.
The University of Regina Emergency Bursary
The University of Regina offers an Emergency Bursary program to provide financial assistance to students who are facing unexpected financial pressures that jeopardize their ability to continue their education. Here are the details regarding the University of Regina Emergency Bursary:
Funding Assistance: The Emergency Bursary program offers financial support to eligible students. In most cases, students can receive a maximum funding amount of $1,000 to help alleviate immediate financial burdens.
Application Process: To learn more about the bursary program and access the application, please visit the University of Regina’s Emergency Bursary page. The page will provide you with detailed information on eligibility criteria, application requirements, and submission procedures.
Contact Information: If you have any questions or require further information about the resources provided by the Student Awards and Financial Aid office, you can contact them directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be able to assist you and address any concerns you may have.
Additionally, consider reaching out to your respective department and faculty to inquire about any additional resources or funding options that may be available to you.
[UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS] Student Awards Management System
The University of Regina offers the Student Awards Management System (SAMS) to streamline the application process for undergraduate scholarships and awards. Here’s what you need to know about SAMS:
Applying for Awards: SAMS provides an online platform where you can apply for undergraduate scholarships and awards offered by the University of Regina. The system offers a range of awards, some of which require an application, while others are automatically considered based on eligibility criteria. You have the option to browse available awards as a guest without creating an account. However, when you’re ready to apply, you’ll need to create a registered user account in SAMS. This account will enable you to complete and submit your award applications efficiently.
Contact Information: If you have any questions or need assistance regarding the resources provided by the Student Awards and Financial Aid office, you can contact them directly via email at email@example.com. They will be able to provide guidance and support related to the available resources and answer any queries you may have.
[GRADUATE STUDENTS] Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at the University of Regina provides various resources and financial aid opportunities for graduate students. Here’s some information and contact details related to their offerings:
Graduate Awards Portal (GAP): The FGSR has developed the Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), an online platform that allows you to access and apply for scholarships, awards, bursaries, fellowships, and prizes specifically available to graduate students at the University of Regina. With GAP, you can conveniently apply for awards online, as well as track the status of your scholarship applications. Visit the Graduate Awards Portal to explore the available opportunities.
Funding and Special Awards: The FGSR maintains a list of funding and special awards for graduate students. You can find more details about these opportunities on the Funding/Special Awards page. This resource provides valuable information about specific scholarships and awards tailored to graduate students’ needs.
Funding Opportunities for International Students: The FGSR also offers funding opportunities specifically designed for international students pursuing graduate studies at the University of Regina. Visit the International Students page to explore the available funding options for international graduate students.
Contact Information: If you have any questions or require further clarification regarding the financial aid opportunities listed on the FGSR’s website, you can reach out to them directly. Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-585-4161.
Saskatchewan Student Loan and Grant Program
The Saskatchewan Student Loan and Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance to students in Saskatchewan who are pursuing post-secondary education. Here’s what you need to know:
Program Overview: The Saskatchewan Student Loan and Grant program offers both loans and grants to eligible students. These funds can be used to cover various educational expenses, including tuition fees, textbooks, and living costs.
Interest-Free Loans: The loans provided through this program are interest-free while the student is enrolled in full-time studies. This helps alleviate the financial burden on students during their academic pursuits.
Flexible Repayment Terms: Repayment terms for the loans are designed to be flexible and based on the borrower’s income. This ensures that repayment is manageable and takes into account the financial circumstances of the borrower.
Application Process: To learn more about the program and to apply for the Saskatchewan Student Loan and Grant, you can visit the official website of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education. The website will provide detailed information on eligibility criteria, application requirements, and deadlines.
Contact Information: If you have specific questions or need assistance with the Saskatchewan Student Loan and Grant program, you can reach out to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education directly. You can contact them via email at email@example.com or call their toll-free number at 1-800-597-8278. They will be able to provide further guidance and support related to the program.
National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC)
The National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) plays a vital role in managing and administering federal student loans and grants for students in Canada. Here’s what you need to know:
Program Overview: The NSLSC acts as a central hub for borrowers, offering a range of services and resources related to federal student loans and grants. They provide information and support to borrowers throughout the loan repayment process.
Account Management: As a borrower, you can access your loan account information through the NSLSC. This includes details about your loan balance, repayment schedule, and payment history. The NSLSC’s Online Portal allows you to manage your loan account conveniently.
Payment Options: The NSLSC enables borrowers to make payments towards their federal student loans. They provide various payment methods and options to accommodate different preferences, such as online payments, pre-authorized debit, or mail-in payments.
Repayment Assistance: If you require financial assistance with repaying your federal student loans, the NSLSC offers repayment assistance programs. These programs are designed to help borrowers who may be facing financial difficulties. You can find information and apply for these programs through the NSLSC.
Resources and Support: The NSLSC website provides additional resources and tools to help borrowers manage their federal student loans effectively. These resources include loan calculators, budgeting tips, and information about loan forgiveness programs.
Contact Information: If you have specific inquiries or require assistance regarding your federal student loans, you can contact the NSLSC directly. The NSLSC’s designated contact channels, such as their website or customer service helpline, will provide further guidance and support. You can find their contact information on their official website.