COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources

Money matters

We know that this is a challenging time for students as you feel the economic impacts of COVID-19. The information below outlines financial supports available at UFV and through the provincial/federal governments, as well as resources to assist you during these uncertain times.

Tuition fees, registration dates, and refunds

Tuition and fees

With most courses going online this fall, you might be wondering whether tuition will change. Tuition and most fees for Fall 2020 will remain unadjusted. Although this semester will be different, you will receive the same quality of education, regardless of delivery model. Visit the UFV Online web hub to access a growing collection of tools, resources, and online events that are being developed to support your online learning this fall.

Fee Changes for Fall 2020:

  • Campus Connector: No fees will be collected for the shuttle bus service, which will not operate in Fall 2020.
  • UPass Fall 2020: We’re still in discussions around UPass for the coming semester. Check back for an update within the next weeks.

Extended registration and withdrawal dates

UFV is extending course registration and withdrawal dates for Fall 2020. With the start of classes moving later to September 14, the extensions give you more flexibility as you choose courses and create your schedule.

These dates now apply for the Fall 2020 semester:

Aug 14 Last day to drop courses and get 100% refund
Aug 15 - Sep 21 5% of tuition withheld for any dropped courses or sections
Sep 22 - 29 10% of tuition withheld for any dropped courses or sections.

 For a full list of important registration dates, visit the Dates and deadlines page.

Deadlines and payment options

The current tuition fee payment deadline is Tuesday, September 29, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Registrar is providing services online or by phone only; in-person services are currently unavailable. Tuition payments can be made through online banking. More information on how to pay is available on the registration website.

Refunds

Domestic students
The COVID-19 pandemic may cause unanticipated challenges related to your health, family care, or work. UFV is committed to being as flexible as possible. If you need to withdraw from a course because of pandemic-related reasons, use the Appeal for Late Withdrawal form to request your partial tuition refund. You will need to indicate which courses you are withdrawing from and provide supporting documentation. For more information on the refund process, visit the Withdrawals and refunds section of the registration website.

International students
UFV is changing refund policies to support international students during COVID-19. If your study permit has been delayed due to the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive a refund of up to 90% of your tuition and fees. Please visit the UFV International Tuition refunds & rules page, where they will post the new policies as soon as they are fully approved.

We hope that these options will relieve the anxiety that you may be experiencing during this time. If you have questions please contact reginfo@ufv.ca.

Financial aid

UFV Student Emergency Fund

This fund is available to assist students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties that are beyond their control and prevent them from reaching their educational goals. Visit the UFV Financial Aid for information on how to apply.

BC Student Emergency Assistance Funding

The Government of British Columbia announced that the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training provided public post-secondary institutions with funding to provide emergency financial assistance to BC students who may be experiencing financial hardship.

Visit BC Student Emergency Assistance Funding for complete details including the application.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

This newly announced student benefit and other supports for students and new grads will be administered by the CRA.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Government of Canada website.

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

The government has established the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to support workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a taxable benefit that provides $2,000 every four weeks for up to four months to workers who have lost their income as the result of COVID-19.

More information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Government of Canada website.

Canada Student Service Grant

During COVID-19, you can help your community by volunteering with a local organization. In recognition for your service, you can receive a grant of between $1,000 and $5,000.

Visit the Canada Job Bank website to learn more.

StudentAidBC

Effective March 30, 2020, all British Columbia student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. This means that no payment on BC student loans will be required. Also, interests that currently applies to the federal portion of student loans will not accrue.

Visit StudentAidBC for information on repayment during COVID-19.

Skills Boost

The Government of Canada has launched Skills Boost to support adults who want to return to school and upgrade their skiils. This includes financial support for adults studying full time, more access to part-time student grants and loans, support for low-and middle-income students with children, and training for those on Employment Insurance.

Visit Skills Boost for more information on the supports available.

Community support

Food bank

UFV food bank is closed and will not able to fill any hamper requests at the moment. However, if you find yourself in an extreme emergency situation, please email foodbank@ufv.ca with the subject line "Emergency Hamper Request" and someone will be in touch with you.

If you are in need, reach out to one of the local food banks: 

Abbotsford

Chilliwack

Mission

Employment and career development

Career coaching appointment

During these uncertain times, hiring has slowed to a crawl and you may be looking for assistance with your job search. UFV Careers Centre is still offering plenty of job opportunities that you can access through CareerLink. You can also use your downtime to book a career coaching appointment and brush up on your interview skills and résumé preparation.

Co-operative Education information webinars

Co-operative Education (Co-op) combines academic studies with paid work experience in a career-related field. Academic semesters alternate with work terms, giving you up to two years of relevant work experience. Attend an online information webinar session and find out more about co-operative education. If you have any questions regarding the Co-op program, please email coop@ufv.ca or visit the Co-op webpage.

Job and Work-Study opportunities

Students who are looking for employment can browse job postings via CareerLink as new jobs are still being added regularly. The Work-Study program is running as usual and work study positions are also being posted to CareerLink. If you have any questions or if you are looking for support, please email cece@ufv.ca.

Career Resources

There are a number of Career Resources available for students including handouts on resume and cover letter writing, interview guidelines, job search tips, and more.

 

Press play on your education this fall

Keep learning with UFV Online and join our welcoming and supportive online community. We are here to help you make the most out of your online studies.

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