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 for fall 2020 and winter 2021, you might be wondering whether tuition will change. Tuition and most fees will remain unadjusted. Tuition and fees provide resources that ensure UFV is able to continue teaching and offering support services to you and to other students.

Delivering courses online instead of in a classroom will unfortunately not reduce costs. The shift to online and hybrid course delivery means UFV is making investments in technology and training to support web-based/online learning. These include:

  • Hiring additional learning strategists to support faculty in moving courses online.
  • Investing heavily in technology. We have focused on securing virtual meeting tools, remote access to UFV computer labs, additional add-ins to enhance Blackboard online, and other important virtual learning and collaboration tools.
  • Ensuring online access to key learning supports for students, such as tutoring through the Academic Success Centre and access to learning materials, librarians, and support services including counselling, financial aid, and more.

Although the upcoming semesters will be different, you will receive the same quality of education, regardless of the 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

Fee changes
 Fall 2020Winter 2021
Campus Connector

No fees will be collected for the shuttle bus service, which will not operate in Fall 2020.

For more information and updates, visit the Campus Connector page.

To be announced
U-Pass

All students who are enrolled in a class with an on-campus component (e.g. a science lab) will be assessed the U-Pass fee. Students who are not automatically eligible for the U-Pass will be able to opt-in to the U-Pass program. Details on how to opt-in to U-Pass can be found at UFV Registration.

For more general details about U-Pass, also see Student Union Society and the SUS Press Release.

To be announced

 

Winter 2021 registration and withdrawal dates

Mid-November (date to be determined) Registration opens
Dec 1 Last day to drop courses and get 100% refund.
Dec 2-Jan 5 5% of tuition withheld for any dropped courses or sections.
Jan 6-21 10% of tuition withheld for any dropped courses or sections.
Jan 21 Last day to withdraw from a course and get a fee reduction or refund.

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

Deadlines and payment options

The tuition fee payment deadline is Thursday, January 21, 2021 for the winter 2021 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

A one-time emergency financial assistance for BC students who may be experiencing financial hardship.

Visit BC Student Emergency Assistance Funding page for complete details and to download the application form.

StudentAidBC

StudentAid BC is providing emergency financial assistance, adapting policy, and simplifiying processes to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit StudentAidBC for information about available financial support.

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has now ended; however, you can still apply for the CERB retroactively through Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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

Community support

Get a gift card for basic necessities

Although UFV-SUS food bank physical space is closed until further notice, you may request a gift card for groceries and essential toiletries purchase.

Request a grocery gift card

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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