Emergency Student Funds

A SAMRU Emergency Student Loan (ESL) is an interest-free loan for Mount Royal part-time and full-time credit students. The loan is designed to help students during emergency situations. A student is able to receive up to $300 in a 90-day interest-free loan. Our services are confidential and free of charge. If you would like to request an emergency student loan, the process is first to drop by the Peer Support Centre (Wyckham House, Z210) during our core hours to fill out an application form with one of our volunteers.

See below for online application process during COVID-19.

An Emergency Student Bursary (ESB) is a non-repayable bursary for eligible participants. Eligibility includes, but is not limited to, current MRU credit students and SAMRU members. All applicants must first go through the ESL application process before being eligible to apply for an ESB. Bursaries may be awarded up to $700; the amount will be calculated by the Student Support Coordinator based on the applicant’s income and expenses. Applicants must also provide documents to support their application as proof of their eligibility and financial hardship. Emergency Student Bursaries will be available starting July 1st, 2020. Any awarded funds will be direct deposited into the applicant’s bank account.

Emergency Student Funds FAQs 

How does the Emergency Student Funds process work?

As we encourage students to stay home and avoid unnecessary direct contact with others, we are doing our best to provide students with remote access to our programs and services. Consequently, you can now apply for an ESF via a Google Meet appointment with either our Peer Support Administrator or our Student Support Coordinator. The repayment schedule/deadline is negotiable at this time.

During COVID-19 times, contact us today to set up a time to fill out the Emergency Financial Services Application via Google Meet at: peersupport@samru.ca.

Once the application is filled out with a volunteer or staff at the Peer Support Centre, it is submitted to the Student Support Coordinator, who will decide whether or not to approve it. If approved, the Student Support Coordinator then applies for the ESL cheque to be printed, which can take up to three business days. Once the cheque is printed, the Student Support Coordinator will contact the applicant, who will then come in and pick up their cheque.

After receiving their loan, the student must repay their ESLs within 90 days (three months). This loan is interest-free and does not entail a soft or hard inquiry on the applicant’s credit report. During the application process, the student will schedule up to three repayments, which will be paid through direct withdrawal. The student can also bring in cash at any point to repay their loan.

Why can’t I get an Emergency Student Fund for food?

SAMRU’s Peer Support Centre offers an in-centre food and hygiene cupboard, as well as referrals to the Calgary Food Bank, so we will not consider requests for an Emergency Student Loan based on food. Emergency loans will only be considered for food requests that cannot be met by a food bank hamper (eg. infant formula, religious or medical dietary restrictions). 

How does repayment work?

The repayment for an Emergency Student Loan is done by setting up a withdrawal date for a direct withdrawal from the student’s bank account. We also accept cash payments of any amount throughout the student’s repayment period as long as the student gives more than four business days’ notice prior to their withdrawal date to the Coordinator. A receipt will be written by the Student Support Coordinator for any cash payments provided in person.

If the student has not paid their agreed-upon amount with cash four business days before their scheduled withdrawal date, the payment will go through electronically and we will attempt to withdraw money from their account.

What happens if I can’t repay my loan on time?

The Student Support Coordinator is available to renegotiate the terms of a student’s repayment plan within a reasonable period of time. Students should contact the Coordinator directly if they need additional time to repay their loan.

Core Hours

Fall/Winter: 10am – 4pm* Monday – Friday
Spring/Summer: 9:30am – 3:30pm Monday – Friday
*Free Breakfast: 8:45am until supplies run out

If you need an appointment outside of these times, please e-mail the coordinator.


Student Support Coordinator (F/T)
Office: Wyckham House, Z303
Phone: 403-440-7779
Email: David Gomez

Peer Support Administrator (PT)
Office: Wyckham House, (Z210)
Phone: 403-440-8601
Email: Peer Support