COVID-19 Student FAQ
Last updated: May 1, 2020 at 1:30pm (Central)

As Canadians continue to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asper School of Business, in collaboration with all of our partners and stakeholders, remains committed to protecting your health and wellbeing.

For all Asper students, this means:

The Career Development Centre, Co-op, and MBA and MFIN Graduate offices have transitioned to virtual delivery of all student services. While our physical offices will be closed as a precaution until further notice, our team is working remotely to ensure that all Undergraduate, Co-op and Masters students are fully supported during this period.

We know that many of you have a lot of questions and concerns. Please refer to the FAQ below.

What if I am in financial need as a result of COVID-19?

  • The University is offering a Student Emergency Fund intended to provide financial support in the form of a bursary to students facing financial hardship due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic crisis. Please consider applying for the grant. 
  • The Asper Emergency Relief Fund for graduate and undergraduate students. Please consider applying for the fund.
  • If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
  • For post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.
  • To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students' significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student's post-secondary education costs in the fall.
    More details will be made available on the I Want to Help platform over the coming weeks, including more detailed information about eligibility, the levels of funding available under the grant, how to apply for a national service position, and how applications will be assessed.

What are my options with regards to my course grades for Winter 2020?

As of April 1 2020, the University of Manitoba announced the following temporary revisions for course grades.  Please click here to learn about the different options with regards to winter 2020 academic courses (including co-op work term grades).

How will choosing Option 1 or Option 2 impact Student Scholarships?

Regardless of which grading option students choose, their award eligibility will not be affected:  If a student keeps their letter grade these grades will be taken into account as usual. If a student decides to exclude a grade from the GPA calculation it will also be excluded from an award GPA calculation. Finally, if the decision is made to choose a Pass, this notation will not be included in an award GPA calculation. In each of the last two options the courses where an alternate grade option was selected will still count toward minimum credit hour thresholds when determining award eligibility.

What if I am seeking work for Summer 2020?

For all Asper Undergraduate and Masters students:

  • The Asper Career Portal remains available for all of your Summer 2020 seeking needs.
  • Resume reviews, mock interviews, and coaching sessions with Career Consultants will be offered virtually. Schedule an appointment through the Career Portal or by email at any time.
  • We anticipate increased video interviews and virtual events during the Summer 2020 job search window. It is important to prepare and practice with technology such as Skype, Zoom, or others. Reach out to book a practice session prior to an actual interview or event.
  • We will be hosting once a week Career Exploration Chat Rooms through Zoom starting April 13.  Stay connected through the Career Portal and CDC Instagram for an invite.
  • For MFIN and MBA students, we continue to be available should you need individualized support. Contact Echo Duan or Ivy Mannil for further assistance.

What if I am pursuing CPA designation?

For updates on the CPA designation please click here.

The profession is dedicated to supporting learners in their pursuit towards the CPA designation with the least amount of disruption as reasonably possible. This includes the recognition of pre-requisite courses and accredited program courses. We understand that many PSIs are making decisions about their courses in response to the COVID-19 threat. The CPA profession will accept any changes made by PSIs to CPA-approved preparatory and accredited courses, including online delivery, alternate assessment methods, etc. The CPA profession will ensure full recognition of these courses and students will receive full credit for these courses for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

One of the most common questions that we are getting from students is copied below, along with the CPA profession’s response:

  • Recently my university announced that due to the coronavirus situation, students will have the option to either receive a grade or take a pass/fail mark without a grade. If I choose the pass/fail option would that affect my admission to the CPA program in the future?
    The CPA provincial bodies and regional schools will honour courses that receive a pass mark as meeting the prerequisite subject area for admission; however, these courses will not be factored in the calculation of applicants’ overall 65% GPA requirement for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program.
  • Will I be able to receive conditional admission for a CPA PEP module if I receive a pass mark at a post-secondary institution for the prerequisite module?
    Yes, CPA provincial bodies and regional schools will honour courses/modules that receive a pass mark as meeting the prerequisite subject area for admission. This will ensure students/candidates are not delayed on their pathway to earn the CPA designation.

What if I have already secured a Summer 2020 internship/co-op work term?

We are hopeful that many internships will still take place in Summer 2020 although realistically, there may be a downturn in the economy which impacts employers’ business operations.  This could result in offers being pulled or in a later than anticipated start date.

  • If you haven’t already heard from your employer, please be proactive. Contact your employer to inquire about any possible changes in Summer 2020 work arrangements resulting from COVID-19. It is important to acknowledge that employers may be dealing with many current business changes including remote work environments. Flexibility is appreciated (e.g. adjusted start date, telecommuting, etc.).
  • Notify your employer about the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Plan
  • If you are a co-op student, be sure to contact the Asper Co-op office to discuss any adjustments to your co-op work term:
    Phone: 204-474-8521


What do I need to know about the recruiment process for the Fall 2020 co-op work term?

The usual recruitment period that includes on-campus interviews, and a rank/match process with structured timelines simply won’t be feasible for the upcoming Fall 2020 work term due to campus closure and the potential that businesses will likely have different timeframes when assessing their hiring needs for the fall.  Facilitating a process that will meet the needs of both our co-op students and employer partners during these unprecedented times is top of mind, therefore we have temporarily implemented a “continuous placement model” (used by many other co-op programs at the University of Manitoba, and across Canada).

New for Fall 2020 Work Term:

  • Students can accept a job offer from a company directly (no rank/match process)
  • Students do not have to abide by any co-op timelines (jobs will have various deadlines to apply).
  • Students will interview by video, phone or in-person at an organization’s office if public health standards are followed (no on-campus interviews)

How It Works:

  • Flexible timelines for employers in regards to posting positions, conducting interviews and extending job offers directly to students
  • Students must follow the instructions outlined in each individual job posting
  • Students may accept (or decline) a job offer*
  • Students will manage their own interview scheduling


  *IMPORTANT NOTE: to preserve our strong relationships with our co-op employer partners, as well as your professional reputation, once a co-op student has officially accepted an offer, they are committed to that organization and may not renege on the offer in the event that another offer be extended from a different organization at a later date.  This is critical.

It is our expectation that students apply for as many jobs as possible (work term one students - 12+, work term two and three students 6-8+) to increase your chances of receiving a job offer.

Co-op staff are actively identifying co-op opportunities with employer partners, advertising job postings on the Asper Career Portal, available to assist you with job applications, mock interviews, and are available for individual consultation on a variety of career related topics including job search strategies and tips for navigating job offers.


What mental health support services are available if I am feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety?

The University of Manitoba also offers other resources including:

Where can I find the most up-to-date information for the entire U of M community?