Perseverance: Student Relief Fund

The Perseverance: Student Relief Fund is an emergency bursary fund established to assist CBU students facing immediate hardship due to COVID-19.

Please note: This is a one-time payment emergency bursary. 

Applications to the Perseverance: Student Relief Fund are now closed.  To date, CBU was able to support 393 students through emergency bursaries, totalling $203,000, to help with urgent needs being faced due to loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re looking for work, please check our Student Employment Opportunities. The Government of Canada recently changed its working restrictions for international students during the pandemic. Read more here.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for information about the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.

President Dingwall continues to advocate to provincial and federal governments for support for international students.

FAQs

The Perseverance: Student Relief Fund is an emergency bursary fund established to assist CBU students facing immediate hardship due to COVID-19.

This is a one-time emergency bursary.

Applications to the Perseverance: Student Relief Fund are now closed. All students who have applied have been notified.

To date, CBU was able to support 393 students through emergency bursaries, totalling $203,000, to help with urgent needs being faced due to loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Decisions on eligibility were not easy as a variety of challenges were presented to the Committee. The goal was to help the students with the most emergent needs at this time with the limited funding available.  While we recognize that the needs expressed are not without merit, we, unfortunately, are not able to assist everyone at this time.

We continue to advocate to the provincial and federal governments for support for our students and our university.

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation, making it very difficult to predict what will happen in the coming months. As we continue to navigate the situation, the fund may reopen. Please watch your CBU email for information.

To be eligible for the fund, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in the January 2020 semester
  • Demonstrated loss of income due to COVID-19
  • Ineligibility for Federal or Provincial aid packages or EI
  • Currently residing in Cape Breton

Full-time enrolment in the January 2020 semester is defined as 3 courses, or 2 courses for students studying with a disability.

Applications to the fund opened on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 10 am and closed on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

A Committee evaluated all applications and notified students on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

The funding is available for both domestic and international students, who meet the eligibility criteria.

Loss of income due to COVID-19 means that you had a job or source of income that ended due to the changes that COVID-19 brought to our area.

If you were on a registered 15 credit practicum, you qualify academically. If you were getting paid for your work, you may be eligible for the Federal or Provincial funding, please confirm your eligibility in those programs first. If you are not eligible to receive funding from any other sources, you are eligible to apply.

The maximum amount payable to any one student is $750, but amounts will vary depending on the number of applications received and the demonstrated need of students.

This bursary is not repayable and CBU does not expect students to pay it back.

As this is a bursary, it will not be taxable.

Emergency funding will be issued via cheque and mailed to the student’s current address. Please ensure you include your full, current mailing address on your application.