The monetary value of an award, with the exception of some prizes, is applied directly to total assessed tuition and fees when registration is completed in the fall. (Some large awards are paid in two installments, one half in the fall and the balance when classes resume in January.)
If the applied award results in a credit balance on your student account, excess amounts are refunded by cheque and will be mailed to you after the payment due date. Please allow 2-4 weeks after the payment due date or the date the award was applied to your student account to receive your refund cheque. Student Accounts never pays cash to students for awards.
You can view your account summary in the Tuition & Fees channel in PAWS to see if an award has been applied to your student account.
In order to receive payment of an award the recipient must:
- be enrolled in a minimum of 18 credit units in the fall and winter terms (September - April) in the year in which the award is taken up and they must not drop below 18 credit units during the fall and winter terms.
If they do not meet these requirements the recipient will not receive any portion of the award or awarded monies will be revoked and the student will become responsible for any outstanding tuition and fees.
Students who require fewer than 18 credit units to complete their degree requirements must register in courses in the current Regular Session that result in the completion of the degree program. Registration must be in 9 credit units or more in at least the fall or winter term of that Regular Session.
This exception applies to scholarships administered by the University, unless award conditions prevent its application. This exception does not apply to bursaries administered by the University.
Dual registered students, in addition to their University of Saskatchewan courses, are completing credit units at another post-secondary institution(s) on a letter of permission from their college/department. The credit units completed at the other institution(s) are transferable towards the completion of a University of Saskatchewan degree.
As outlined above, in order to receive payment for awards (scholarships or bursaries) a student must complete a minimum of 18 credit units during the Regular Session that the award is granted. Dual registered students can combine the credit units completed at the U of S and at the other post-secondary institution(s) they attend to obtain 18 credit units.
Students with disabilities who cannot meet the eligibility or payout credit unit requirements because of their disability will be given consideration as long as they have been granted reduced course load. Students on reduced course load are required to complete 12 credit units in the current year’s Regular Session in order to receive payment.
Reduced course load is available to students with permanent disabilities. These students are enrolled in 40-59% of a full course load in each term, but are considered full-time students.
To confirm a disability a student can submit one of the following:
- Medical certificate
- Other professional assessment
- Statement from the Disability Services for Students office
- Statement from another disability-related organization
The confirmation must comment on whether the student is engaged in the maximum number of courses he/she could be expected to handle given the disability.
The onus will be on the student to let the college and department know that they have circumstances that require special consideration. It will be at the discretion of the college or department to determine if a reduced course load exception will apply to awards they administer.
Each continuing student is only able to receive one undergraduate/continuing scholarship. The scholarship offered will be the highest valued one for which the student has been selected. However, undergraduate/continuing bursaries will be capped at a maximum of $3,000 (if receiving multiple bursaries) or one bursary of a higher value than $3,000. Students are eligible to receive payment of college awards in addition to continuing scholarships and continuing bursaries, as determined by the college.
As a general rule, and as a guideline to awarding bodies, an attempt is made to limit the total value of U of S awards (scholarships, bursaries and prizes) offered to any one student to a sum that does not exceed a total equivalent to the value of tuition assessed during the Regular Session plus a standardized living allowance for that time period. This limit does not include awards received from organizations external to the University of Saskatchewan.
Deferral of Award Payments
Scholarship recipients may be permitted to defer subsequent installments of renewable scholarships and centrally-administered continuing scholarships for one year. It is the student’s responsibility to provide notification in the form of a letter to the Awards and Financial Aid office. Students wishing to defer scholarships for more than one year must submit a letter of appeal to the body granting the award. Scholarships awarded by departments or colleges may be deferred at the department/college’s discretion.
Only under exceptional circumstances will the recipient of a bursary be allowed to defer their award beyond the session for which it has been granted. Requests for deferral must be made with the body granting the award. It is at the discretion of the awarding body whether the request will be accepted.