Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for the MSVU President’s Student Relief Fund?

The MSVU President’s Student Relief Fund was established in April 2020 to help students experiencing significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic cover urgent and immediate costs associated with housing, food, technology, health services and transportation.

Funds from the President’s Student Relief Fund are now being used to support our students through our annual In-Course Bursary program.  Students in need are asked to complete the In-Course Bursary application form (log-in required).

What other financial supports are available for students?

Emergency financial support is available for students and recent graduates. You can learn more about how to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.. The final eligibility period is August 2 to August 29 and applications close on September 30. There is also information about the Canada Student Service Grant, and other federal supports for students.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (or CERB) is also available to students who meet the following criteria:

– Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
– Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits;
– Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
– Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.

You can learn more about the CERB application on the Government of Canada website.

How can I make a donation to the President’s Student Relief Fund?

The support of our donors is so greatly appreciated! Donations can be made online or by phone (contact Advancement Executive Director Denise Green at 902-497-0428). More information about how to donate is available on our website.

Will the university be helping students seeking flexibility with payment terms for fall session registrations due to this situation?

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is having significant financial impacts. Students with questions about payment terms for the fall session can contact financial.services@msvu.ca.

What does this mean for my student loans and other financial requirements?

Government is suspending payments of Nova Scotia and Canada student loans from March 30 to September 30, 2020. The suspension is automatic. The Nova Scotia Student Assistance office remains operational, applications are being assessed, inquiries responded to and funds are being issued. They have moved to online services only (no phone calls). Use the ‘Ask Us’ feature in MyPATH for secure inquiries. If you don’t have a MyPATH account, you can send questions to stuasst@gov.ns.ca

The deadline to pay any 2019 income tax balance has been extended to August 31, 2020.

The Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) website is a great resource for information related to the federal government benefits and services.