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University Loan Funds


The Awards Office administers a number of emergency loan funds which are intended to provide emergency assistance to students experiencing temporary, short-term financial problems. The funds are provided on an interest-free basis for a stipulated period of time.

To be eligible for these loans, students must be in good academic standing and must provide proof of an acceptable source of repayment. Students wishing to obtain assistance from one of the following funds should apply to the Student Awards Office.

Accounting Alumni Emergency Loan Fund

Loans up to $200 for a maximum of 90 days are available to full-time undergraduate Honours Accountancy Studies or Honours Math/Accounting Program students experiencing short-term financial difficulties.

Alpay, Elligsen, Nicoll Memorial Loan Fund

This fund was established by the Sandford Fleming Foundation in memory of Robert Elligsen, a Masters graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1985) and Professors Alpay and Nicoll, Department of Mechanical Engineering, from funds contributed by faculty, staff and others. Emergency loans are made available to students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Arts Student Union Loan Fund

Loans to a maximum of $200 for a period of up to 90 days are available to full-time undergraduates who are members of the Arts Student Union.

Ian Carr Loan Fund

This loan fund has been set up by the parents in memory of their son, a former student at the University of Waterloo.

Civil Engineering Memorial Fund

The purpose of this fund is to serve as a Memorial to the memory of individuals associated with the Department and proceeds from the fund will be used to assist undergraduate students who are in need of financial assistance. To date, contributions have been received in memory of: Brian Kurt Legay. For further information, contact the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Office.

David Cook Memorial Fund

The University of Waterloo Mathematics Society has made an amount available to be used as an addition to the University's Emergency Loan Program. The Society's contribution is intended for Mathematics students who have been faced with unexpected expenses during their academic year.

Co-operative Lecture Emergency Loan Fund

This fund was established by Canadian politician T. Douglas in 1970.

Adelaide Detweiler Student Loan Fund

This loan fund was established by Mr. J.R. Detweiler in memory of his mother, Adelaide Detweiler.

Engineering Memorial Loan Fund

The Federation of Students has established an interest-free, short-term loan fund in honour of deceased students of the Faculty of Engineering. Loans are normally to a maximum of $300 for 90 days and are available to first-year Engineering students. To date, contributions have been received in memory of: Marc Cayouette.

Engineering Society "A" Loan Fund

This fund was established by the Engineering Society "A" to assist Engineering students in need of short-term loans.

Engineering Student Loan Fund

This fund was established by the Faculty of Engineering. Loans up to $300 for a period of up to 90 days are intended for Engineering students who have been faced with unexpected expenses during their academic term.

Environmental Studies Co-op Emergency Loan Fund

This fund was established by the Faculty of Environmental Studies to assist undergraduate Co-op Environmental Studies students who find themselves unplaced during a co-op work term or experiencing financial hardship due to late placement during a co-op work term. Loans up to $500 with repayment periods up to four months are available.

Environmental Studies Society Loan Fund

Short-term loans are available to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. The maximum loan is normally $100. These funds are made available by the Society and represent a part of the proceeds of functions sponsored by the Society.

John Faber Memorial Fund

This fund was established by the Circle K Club at the University of Waterloo in memory of John Faber, former club member. Short-term loans are offered to full-time students at the University of Waterloo.

Sandford Fleming Foundation Loan Fund

This loan fund was established by the Sandford Educational Press to provide emergency short-term loans to Engineering undergraduate students. The loans are normally for $200 or $300, and interest-free for up to 90 days. The Sandford Educational Press is the textbook publishing division of the Sandford Fleming Foundation, and the loan fund has been established from the proceeds of sales of its textbooks.

Graham, Myall, Thomson Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been instituted by the classmates of the late J. Graham, M. Myall and J. Thomson, who lost their lives in an auto accident in 1969. The fund represents contributions received from their classmates and other interested donors. Loans are made available to students enrolled in the Engineering Faculty and to those who have completed at least one full year of academic study. Maximum loans are $200 with repayment terms extending up to 90 days.

Dorothy J. Guest Friendship Fund

Established by Applied Health Sciences Alumnae and varsity athletes in recognition of the help and encouragement given to them by Dorothy J. Guest. Short-term loans of up to $300 for 100 days may be made available to any female student in Applied Health Sciences or female varsity athlete.

Alan Hale Memorial Loan Fund

This loan fund was established in memory of Alan Hale, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for 27 years, from funds contributed by friends and relatives, faculty, staff and students. Emergency loans are made available to undergraduate students in the faculty of Engineering.

Ginny Lee Memorial Fund

The Federation of Students has established in memory of Ginny Lee a former student, an interest-free, short-term loan fund. Loans are normally to a maximum of $300 for a period of up to 90 days.

Peter H. Nash Student Loan Fund

This loan fund was established by the Faculty of Environmental Studies to mark the retirement of Peter H. Nash, the founding Dean of the Faculty. The fund represents contributions received on this occasion and also in memory of the late Inez Frost Nash. Emergency Loans are made available to students in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Maximum loans are $300 with repayment terms extending up to 90 days.

Registrar's Office Student Loan Fund

This fund was established in recognition of the University's 25th Anniversary by Rose Klein, a retiring employee of the Office.

School of Optometry Emergency Loans

This fund has been established by the School of Optometry from monies donated by the profession, to provide interest-free loans to Optometry students who have completed or are about to complete third year, registered or not, who are experiencing severe financial hardship. Appointment with the Student Awards Officer is necessary.

University of Waterloo Alumni Student Assistance Plan

This loan fund has been instituted by the Alumni Association, University of Waterloo. Loans up to $200 with repayment periods of up to four months are available to students in all faculties.

University of Waterloo Foreign Student Emergency Loan

Undergraduate foreign students in their final year of studies encountering financial difficulties should arrange to speak with either the Foreign Student Officer or the Student Awards Officer regarding assistance from this source.

University of Waterloo Loan Fund

Loans up to $300 for a maximum of 90 days are available to full-time undergraduate students experiencing short-term financial difficulty.

University of Waterloo Staff Association Emergency Loan Fund

The University of Waterloo Staff Association has established an emergency loan fund for full-time undergraduate students experiencing short-term financial difficulties. Preference will be given to students who are affiliated with the University of Waterloo Staff Association. Loans up to $200 for a maximum of 90 days are available.

Bruce Walker Memorial Loan Fund

This loan fund has been established by classmates of the late Bruce Walker who lost his life in an accident in 1973. The fund represents contributions received from classmates. Loans are made available to Kinesiology students. Maximum loans are $100 with repayment within 90 days.

Women's Auxiliary to the Optometrical Association of Ontario Loan Fund

This fund has been established by the Auxiliary to provide interest-free short-term loans to all eligible full-time Optometry students at the University who are experiencing temporary financial difficulty.

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