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Emergency Funding

The University of Regina provides emergency funding assistance to students whose continued education at the University of Regina is at risk due to unexpected financial pressures. In most circumstances, a student is eligible for a maximum funding amount of $1,000.  Emergency funding is issued in the form of a personal cheque.  Until the COVID 19 crisis is over, and the University is open to the public once again, cheques are being mailed to students.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered in any undergraduate faculty/federated college
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • If a student has completed 9 credit hours or more, they must be in good academic standing (must have a minimum UGPA of 60%, and not on academic probation)
  • Students must complete the Student Emergency Fund application form explaining their need and the impact receiving the emergency fund would have on their education.  The Student Emergency Fund will be used to support U of R students in the areas of:
    • Housing and food insecurity
    • Technology
    • Medical care and prescriptions
    • Travel to return home
    • Other unforseen expenses, such as remote learning needs, etc.
As part of the application process students are required to email their most recent three months of bank statements as supporting documentation of their finances. Applications cannot be reviewed until these documents are received and they can be emailed directly to The reason that your most recent three months of bank statements are required is so that we can verify the expenditures you have listed on your application and ensure you demonstrate financial need. For example, if you have indicated your monthly rent is $800 per month, we would expect to be able to verify this amount coming out of your bank account each month. Similarly, if you have indicated that you receive $200 per month of employment income, this amount must be reflected on your bank statements and application to verify your term income.

One of the criteria for the bursary is that students must demonstrate financial need at the time they apply. For example, if you have sufficient funds in your account right now, but think that you will not have sufficient funds in a month from now, your application cannot be approved. Applications will only be approved if you require immediate financial assistance, and your bank statements can verify this information.

Students are normally permitted only one emergency funding application in their academic career at the University of Regina however, if you are affected by COVID-19 and you have received emergency funding in previous years, you may apply for the bursary at this time.  Students may be eligible for either an emergency loan or bursary depending on their financial assessment.  If a student is determined to be eligible for an emergency loan, the loan must be repaid in the same term that it was borrowed in.

Applications will be reviewed on a timely and case-by-case basis. Exceptional circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis.

If a student is unable to demonstrate financial need, but does not currently have sufficient funds to cover expenses, they may be eligible for a short-term emergency student loan.  Students must meet all other Eligibility Requirements as outlined above and demonstrate they have the ability to repay the loan on the Emergency Funding Application Form.  Repayment of emergency loan funds is due at the end of the term in which they are received.

How to Apply

To apply, undergraduate students must complete an application form which will determine their level of financial need.  Supporting documentation will be submitted at the time of application as evidence of the level of financial need in the form of bank statements. Other documents may be requested upon review of the application.  Undergraduate students should submit their application and bank statements to the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office by email at .


Once your application has been reviewed we will contact you by email to notify you of whether or not your application has been approved.

Costs Not Covered

Under most circumstances, the following costs are not covered: credit card debts and outstanding tuition fees.  Students whose tuition fees are in arrears should contact the Financial Services Office directly to make arrangements for repayment.


Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding emergency funding applications to the Director, Enrolment Services or his/her designate.

Government Support During COVID-19

*NEW* As of May 15, 2020 the Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) to provide financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

*NEW* Canada Student Service GrantVolunteer to support Canada’s response to COVID-19 and receive the Canada Student Service Grant.

Other Options

The following Colleges/Faculties also have emergency funding for their undergraduate students:

If you are finding it difficult to make ends meet or plan your finances, we encourage you to speak with a representative from Student Awards and Financial Aid to help you develop a plan to ensure all your expenses are covered.  We can also highlight award and bursary programs you may be eligible for, as well as third-party funding/support options. Please email for assistance and we would be happy to help you.