Emergency Funding

Emergency funding is available year-round to eligible currently enrolled students experiencing a financial hardship. Specifically, emergency funding is only for students who  1) encounter an unforeseen financial crisis  2) resulting in a verifiable need  3) that will have a material impact on their ability to successfully complete their semester.  Students may be studying on any campus or online, and be domestic or international. 

This one myTRU application can be used for all emergency funding sources (except Indigenous - see below).  Student Awards will determine the most appropriate funding source for each application, which includes bursaries and sometimes short-term loans.

Please note that the general financial aid application opens on August 1 each year for Fall and December 1 for the Winter term.

If you believe you fit the above profile for emergency funding, please email or call and ask us to open an application for you. A Student Awards staff member may have additional questions for you to confirm your eligibility before opening the application.  Once an application has been opened, you can access the application through your myTRU account.


COVID-19 UPDATE:  Please note that all payments are made by cheque, and until the pandemic restrictions are lifted, all cheques will be mailed directly to your home address on file.  No cheque pick-up is possible, as all staff are working remotely.  Please ensure your address in your myTRU account is current, and that it is your current mailing address if that is different than your Permanent Address.

 COVID-19 Government Resources

The federal and provincial governments are providing some supports for people whose income has been impacted by the pandemic:

 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.

Emergency Bursary applicants must:

  • encounter an unforeseen financial crisis
  • have a verifiable need that will have a material impact on their ability to successfully complete their semester
  • demonstrate they have already accessed the various other forms of funding through Student Awards & Financial Aid.
 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.

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