Frequently asked questions

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

The MSVU President’s Student Relief Fund has been established to help students experiencing significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. loss of income) cover urgent and immediate costs associated with housing, food, technology, health services and transportation. The amount a student may receive is based on the student’s demonstrated financial need directly related to Covid-19, to a maximum of $1,000 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students. Preference will be given to students who have exhausted other emergency funding options and/or do not qualify for support from the Federal CERB program.

Applications for this emergency funding are currently being accepted; students in need are asked to complete the President’s Student Relief application form (log-in required).

To be eligible to apply you must be:

– An MSVU student registered in the Winter 2020 term

– Have taken a minimum of 1.0 unit since September 2019

– Have urgent and immediate demonstrated financial need

The President’s Student Relief Fund is being supported by University-led fundraising efforts. Our priority is to support immediate student need and our hope is that remaining funds could establish a bursary available to impacted students returning or beginning their studies in the fall of 2020. Applications for these bursaries will be available in the future.

What other financial supports are available for students?

On April 22, 2020, the federal government announced emergency financial support for students and recent graduates. You can learn more about how to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. 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 here.

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 file your income tax and benefit return has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020. The deadline to pay any 2019 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. Many of you may be eligible for new support programs