Financial support

Student Fees for Winter 2021

Memorial’s Board of Regents has approved the suspension of two student fees for the Winter 2021 semester. Memorial students will not be charged the Distance Education Administration Fee and Recreation Fee for the Winter 2021 semester.

SGS Graduate Student Emergency Bursary

We understand this is a challenging time for many graduate students. The SGS Graduate Student Emergency Bursary is intended to help graduate students overcome temporary financial emergencies due to unforeseen circumstances. Please email sgs@mun.ca for information on the eligibility criteria and the application process.

If you are a graduate student dealing with a financial emergency and unable to register for graduate courses, please email akim@mun.ca.

Continuance of graduate student funding and employment

Graduate funding (including assistantships) will continue to be paid. Graduate fellowship funding will be extended for one additional semester for current research students if needed (please contact your graduate officer to discuss further). Please remember that, as a graduate student, your fellowship funding will not end even if program average falls below 75% in the Winter 2020 semester.

Graduate students with graduate assistantships (including teaching assistantships and research assistantships) or in GradSWEP positions should contact their supervisor to discuss how their work might be carried out remotely. Graduate students with instructional assignments (e.g., per course instructors) can refer to this website for more information on how to lecture online, communicate with students, collect assignments online, and try alternate forms of assessment.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canadian Government has released a new benefit, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB may provide recipients with temporary income support - $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. We encourage graduate students to carefully review the CERB FAQ’s to check for eligibility. If you feel you are eligible for the CERB, please submit an application. For comprehensive information on CERB, employment insurance, Canada Child Benefit, and other supports, please visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has also compiled an excellent guide (including eligibility requirements, date available, and application instructions) to federal and provincial benefits for people affected by COVID-19. The Government of Canada’s web-based benefits finder tool is also available to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs they might qualify for.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canadian Government has released a new benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). The benefit provides financial support to students who are unable to find employment due to COVID-19. Applications for the CESB are currently open and must be submitted before September 30, 2020. For more information regarding the CESB eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit the CESB website. The Government of Canada’s web-based benefits finder tool is also available to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs they might qualify for.

Financial Supports and Employment Programs

Student Life has developed a Guide to Financial Supports and Employment Programs. This guide is an overview of resources that are available to the Memorial University community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working hours permitted for graduate students

On May 12, 2020, Senate approved an amendment to General Regulation 3.3.8 that would allow graduate students facing extenuating circumstances, including financial need, to seek approval from the AVPA and Dean of Graduate Studies to work more than 24 hours a week outside of their degree program and still be deemed a full-time graduate students. Such requests must be made to the AVPA and Dean of Graduate Studies by the student’s supervisor (when applicable) and Head of the appropriate academic unit to sgs@mun.ca, and should include grounds for the request, expected duration of the extra work and a revised study plan that accounts for extra work to be undertaken.

Food

If you do not have resources now to purchase food, Food First NL has compiled this list of community food sharing programs in the province. The Thrive Youth Network also has a directory of food banks in St. John’s and Mt. Pearl. This list is updated weekly. Please call or email the food sharing program for more information. Please note that Memorial University’s Campus Food Bank in St. John’s is offering monthly deliveries for graduate students in need. You’ll find more information on this on the Campus Food Bank website.

If you are a graduate student in immediate need of food, please contact akim@mun.ca.

Resources and Support Services (AFC)

The Actors Fund of Canada has created a directory of resources and support services for Newfoundland and Labrador inlcuding; crisis lines, mental health awareness, income assistance, housing, and local food banks. For more information please visit the Actors Fund of Canada website.

Contact

School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000