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Applying For Canadian Student Loans

HomeAdmissionsInternational ApplicationsCanadian ApplicantsCANADIAN FINANCIAL AIDApplying for Canadian Student Loans, Step by Step

Applying for Canadian student loans might be easier than you think, and we鈥檙e here to help if you run into any problems. Here鈥檚 how applying for financial aid works when you鈥檙e a Canadian student.

View a quick video to help you complete your loans:

  • Step 1: Check Loan Eligibility

    Find out your eligibility .

  • Step 2: Complete Application Form

    Complete the application. One form is all you need to be assessed for loans and grants. Apply online through the聽.

    Application procedures are based on where you are a permanent resident. If you are a permanent resident of聽Ontario,听British Columbia,听Saskatchewan,听New Brunswick,听辞谤听Newfoundland and Labrad辞谤听and are applying for Canadian student loans:

    • Complete one application and submit it to your province of permanent residence.
    • You are assessed for both federal and provincial student loans and grants.
    • You may be eligible to receive one loan: a combination of federal and provincial student loans.
    • You manage and repay your student loan through the聽.

    If you are a permanent resident of聽Alberta,听Manitoba,听Nova Scotia听辞谤听Prince Edward Island聽applying for Canadian student loans:

    • Complete one application and submit it to your province of permanent residence.
    • You are assessed for both federal and provincial student loans and grants.
    • You may be eligible to receive two loans: one from the Government of Canada and the other from your provincial government.
    • You manage and repay your loans through two loan providers: the聽聽for your Canada Student Loan, and your provincial government鈥檚聽聽or their service provider for your provincial loan.

    If you are permanent resident of聽Yukon聽applying for Canadian student loans:

    • You apply for a Canada Student Loan through Yukon Student Aid.
    • You are assessed for both federal and territorial grants as well as a Canada Student Loan.
    • You manage and repay your student loan through the聽.

    If you are a permanent resident of the聽Northwest Territories聽辞谤听狈耻苍补惫耻迟听applying for Canadian student loans:

    • You apply to your province or territory of a permanent residence for student loans.
    • Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants are not available. These jurisdictions operate their own student loan programs, which are partly funded by the federal government.
    • You manage and repay your student loan to your province or territory of permanent residence.

    Please note that student loans are not available to medical students attending outside of聽Quebec.

    Need help? Contact your聽. Note: You must reapply for a Canada Student Loan every school year.

  • Step 3: Receive Notice of Assessment

    Check your mail or email for your聽Notice of Assessment.聽Your聽Notice of Assessment聽will tell you if you qualified for a loan or grant. You may receive it by mail or email.

    If you qualified, you may get a聽. You must read, sign, and return it to the NSLSC along with your banking information.

    If you are not approved for funding or you are not happy with the approved amount, you鈥檒l need to contact the student聽. There is a formal reassessment process for students who disagree with the amount they have been awarded. Amounts can be reassessed according to your province鈥檚 or territory鈥檚 own criteria and those of the federal government.

  • Step 4: Confirm Enrollment

    Review your loan documents and confirm enrollment with your school. If you are approved, consider your MSFAA to be a legally binding contract. It鈥檚 important that you review it carefully and read the terms and conditions. Check your personal information and include your banking information and a voided cheque if you want your money to be deposited directly into your bank account.

    The MSFAA is a multiyear agreement. The next time you apply for student financial assistance, you won鈥檛 have to sign and submit a new MSFAA. Just complete and submit an application through your province of residence and wait for your聽Notice of Assessment聽to come by mail or online.

  • Step 5: Sign Loan Documents

    Make sure you fully understand your responsibilities and commitments before signing. Your loan agreement is a legal document, and your signature means you agree to be bound by its terms and conditions. Once you鈥檙e sure that all the information is correct, and you have read and accepted the terms and conditions, sign your agreement.

  • Step 6: Submit Loan Documents

    Submit your completed and signed MSFAA. Bring the following identification to a聽:

    • A valid photo identification issued in Canada by the federal or a provincial or territorial government, such as a valid driver鈥檚 license, passport, provincial health card with photo, permanent residency/citizenship card, etc.
    • A document proving that the Social Insurance Number (SIN) on your loan or grant authorization document is yours. For example, you can show your SIN card or present an official Government of Canada document that has your SIN on it, such as a Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment, a Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions, a Confirmation of Social Insurance Number from Service Canada, or a temporary SIN card.
    • Bring your signed MSFAA. Don鈥檛 forget to attach a voided cheque or fill out your banking information.

    That鈥檚 it! If everything was done correctly, all you have to do is wait for your money to arrive.

    AUA also offers a variety of scholarships, including two awards specifically for Canadian students.聽Visit our scholarships page for more.

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