Emergency funding is available year-round to eligible currently enrolled students experiencing a financial hardship. Specifically, emergency funding is only for students who:
- encounter an unforeseen financial crisis
- resulting in a verifiable need
- that will have a material impact on their ability to successfully complete their semester.
All three conditions must be met to qualify. Students may be studying on any campus or online, and be domestic or international. In addition, students will normally be expected to first access available government financial aid (grants and loans) if they have not already done so. If appropriate in urgent cases, an emergency loan may be advanced until the regular funding is received.
Please note that for general non-emergency financial needs, the general financial aid application is open each year from Aug. 1st to the 3rd Friday in September and again from Dec. 1st to the 3rd Friday in January.
Please note that all payments are made by cheque, and until the pandemic restrictions are lifted. Cheques will be mailed to your home address. Cheque pick-up is not possible as staff are working remotely. Please ensure the address in your myTRU account is up to date. It may be different from your permanent residence address.
COVID-19 Government Resources
The federal and provincial governments are providing some supports for people whose income has been impacted by the pandemic:
- Emergency funding and employment programs are available through the federal government, including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (After CERB: Transitioning to new benefits), Employment Insurance, Canada Student Service Grant and Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).
- The BC Emergency Benefit for Workers provides a one-time $1,000 payment for people who lost income
TRU Emergency Bridging Loan
Emergency Loans are intended to assist students who are experiencing temporary critical financial difficulty due to unforeseen circumstances and have no available options for securing short-term funds. Students must:
- normally be in receipt of government student financial assistance
- have a positive history of tuition payment at TRU
- have an immediate cash flow shortfall, but be able to demonstrate how total educational and living costs for the semester can be met through available financial resources including savings, borrowing, awards, employment, and if needed the restructuring of expenses.
These loans are most often made available to students whose government student aid has been delayed to assist in meeting short-term living costs.
TRUSU Emergency Bursary
The Students’ Union emergency bursary is available to currently enrolled TRUSU members who demonstrate need for assistance due to an unforeseeable and urgent financial crisis and meet the above emergency criteria.
Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund
Funding has been provided by the Province of British Columbia for emergency relief funds to indigenous students attending British Columbia public post-secondary institutions in order to have a positive impact on retention and completion.
Bursaries valued up to $900 per qualified individual are intended to assist students at any stage in their TRU program with specific unforeseen costs (e.g. medical, emergency travel, etc).
To apply please contact Indigenous Services
Addressing funding challenges as early as possible could mitigate the burden and stress of trying to secure financial aid while also trying to cope with academic and other commitments. Emergency bursary approvals are case-specific; upon approval, financial assistance is provided as quickly as possible in response to the situation.
Understanding and managing your finances wisely is an important part of being a university student. A budget is a simple way for you to organize and manage your money to ensure that it lasts for your entire academic year. The Budget Calculator is a free tool provided to assist students in the budgeting and planning of finances.
Try it and remember it is only as accurate as the information you provide.