Persons pursuing full-time studies, or who are deemed to be pursuing full-time studies, including secondary education (vocational training), college or university programs in an educational institution recognized by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
To be eligible for financial assistance under the Loans and Bursaries Program, a person must
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, refugee or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
- be a Québec resident or deemed to be a Québec resident at the time of application for student financial assistance;
- as respecting the maximum number of months of study for which financial assistance may be granted;
- not have reached the maximum level of indebtedness established for the student's level of education, type of degree or study program;
- not have sufficient financial resources to pursue studies;
- must not be incarcerated.
Conditions related to a person deemed to be pursuing full-time studies
To be deemed to be studying on a full-time basis, the person must be enrolled in at least 20 course hours a month and be in one of the following situations:
- at least 20 weeks pregnant;
- the head of a single-parent family and living with his or her child who is under 12 years of age on September 30 of the award year (see Definitions);
- living with his or her, or the spouse’s, child (see Definitions), who is at least six years old on September 30 of the award year;
- living with his or her, or the spouse’s, child who is under 21 years old on September 30 of the award year, if the child is studying and suffers from a major functional disability or mental health problem;
- suffering from a major functional disability;
- incapable of pursuing full-time studies during more than one month due to a serious episodic disorder resulting from a major permanent mental or physical health problem described in a medical certificate; or
- participating in the Réussir program offered by the ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.
If the person and the person's spouse are both students, only one of them may be deemed a full-time student during a given award year.
To apply for financial assistance under the Loans and Bursaries Program, the person who has a permanent code must
- either use the On-Line Access to Your File! online service to complete the Demande d’aide financière form as well as, if appropriate, the Student's Dependent Children - Schedule A form, and provide the required documents;
- or complete the Demande d’aide financière 2016-2017 paper form and attach the required documents and, if appropriate, the Student's Dependent Children - Schedule A, and send the form and all documents by mail to the Aide financière aux études office of the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
The person who does not have a permanent code because he or she has never studied must apply for the first time by using the paper form; after receiving a code, the applicant can, subsequently, use the online service when renewing his or her application.
Following an application for financial assistance, the student can consult his or her file by using
- either the interactive phone line of Aide financière aux études of the Ministère;
- or the On-Line Access to Your File! service.
It is important to notify Aide financière aux études of any change in circumstances that occurs during the year, as any change could modify the amount of financial assistance granted.