Loans and Bursaries Program | Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur

Applying for Financial Assistance under the Loans and Bursaries Program for Studies Outside Québec

Before applying for financial assistance under the Loans and Bursaries Program, make sure first that the study program and educational institution outside Québec in which you are enrolled are recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. If this is not the case, fill out the form Application for the Recognition of a Program of Study or Educational Institution – Studies Outside Québec and send it to Aide financière aux études.

Then, submit your application for assistance either online or in writing, depending on your situation.

Applying Online
Proceed as follows within the period prescribed:

  1. Log in using the online service Online Access to Your File!, then fill out and submit the form Application for Financial Assistance – Loans and Bursaries Program.
  2. Download the documents required.
  3. Print out the form Studying Outside Québec – Confirmation of Admission, and fill out sections 1 to 3.
    1. Have the other sections completed by an authorized person at your educational institution
    2. Send the form to Aide financière aux études, either (a) via the online service, by uploading it to your file, or (b) by mail.

Note that in order to apply online you must have a student Permanent Code and a Social Insurance Number. If you do not have one, e.g. if you have never studied in Québec, you will have to make your first application by mail. You will then be able to use the online service for subsequent applications.


Applying in Writing
Proceed as follows within the period prescribed:

  1. Fill out the form Application for Financial Assistance – Loans and Bursaries Program.
  2. Fill out sections 1 to 3 of the form Studying Outside Québec – Confirmation of Admission, then have the other sections completed by an authorized person at your educational institution.
  3. Attach the documents required.
  4. Mail to Aide financière aux études at the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

Depending on your situation, other forms or documents may be required later.

Tracking Your Application
You can follow the progress of your application by using either:

  • the interactive telephone service of Aide financière aux études, or
  • the online service Online Access to Your File!

Guarantee Certificate
Normally, the guarantee certificate is sent to your mailing address in Québec, and you must then send it to your financial institution in Québec. If you would rather have the certificate sent to another person who would do that for you, specify this in your application for financial assistance and include a completed Power of Attorney form.

Confirmation of Attendance
During your first study period, you will receive a message from Aide financière aux études (by mail or email) asking you to do the following: print out the form Studying Outside Québec – Confirmation of Attendance, have it completed by an authorized person at your educational institution, and mail it to Aide financière aux études.

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