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2018-19 Student Loan Year

If you decide to attend post-secondary education, you can apply for money to help with the costs. When you apply, the government will assess your financial situation and offer you grants and loans based on your need. There are lots of new things for students in the 2018-19 student loan year.

The 2018-19 student loan application will be available on June 25, 2018.

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1. Changes and Highlights for 2018-19

If you have been accepted into post-secondary studies, you can apply for money to help with the costs. When you apply, the government will assess your financial situation and offer you grants and loans based on your need. 

What’s New?

  • Additional money for full-time students who have been out of high school for at least 10 years. The Government of Canada has introduced a new Skills Boost top up to the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students. If you qualify, you will receive $1,600 per year ($200 per month of an eight-month school year) in additional grant money. 
  • Changes to the Canada Student Grant for full- and part-time students with dependants. The Government of Canada has changed how this grant is calculated. An eligible student whose income is below the low-income threshold will continue to receive the full grant of $47 per week. If your income is higher than the low-income threshold, the grant will be lower.
  • Ability to request grants-only funding and decline the loans. When you apply for a Canada Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan, you are assessed for funding that is a mixture of non-repayable grants and repayable loans. New this year, when you apply for a student loan, you can choose to access the grants-only funding and decline the loan portion. 
    • Based on a typical eight-month program, a student whose income is below the low-income threshold may be assessed for approximately $15,000 in financial assistance ($11,000 in loan funding and $4,000 in grants). If they request grants-only funding, this student may choose to receive only grant funding of $4,000 and not receive any loan funding. The amounts referenced above are only an example and will not apply to all students. Your loan and grant amounts will be based on your individual circumstances. 
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2. Supports for Indigenous Students

Indigenous students are eligible to access all student loan and grant programs. There are also some features of the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan program specifically for Indigenous students, as well as other supports available to all students that may be of interest to you.

Financial Supports for Self-Declared Indigenous Students 

  • Indigenous students are not required to make the fixed student contribution. Students are expected to contribute to their educational costs by providing a fixed student contribution up to $3,000 per year. There is no fixed student contribution for Indigenous students, students with permanent disabilities, students with children and students who are, or were, Crown wards. Therefore, these students may be eligible to receive more loan funding. 
  • Any money you receive from the federal government’s Post-Secondary Student Support Program (i.e. band-funding) is not considered a financial resource when you apply for a student loan. This means that you do not have to declare any Post-Secondary Student Support Program money you receive and it will not be deducted from the amount of student loans and grants you would be offered. 

Other Features that May Interest You

  • Parents are not expected to contribute to your education costs if you are an independent student. If you have been out of high school for four years or more before the first day of class of the current study period, or you have been in the workforce for at least two years (two periods of 12 consecutive months) before the first day of class of the current study period, you are considered an independent student. Independent students may be eligible to receive more money than dependant students because there is no expected contribution from their parents. 
  • Money is available for students with dependants. If you are a full- or part-time student with dependant children, you may be eligible for monthly living allowances based on your income and the number and age of your children, which will include a monthly allowance for daycare. Additionally, students with dependants are eligible to access all other student loan and grant programs.
  • If you live away from home, you can use your funding to visit your family. If you are a student living in a different community than your family home (e.g. parents or spouse), an allowance may be included for one return trip home for each period of 16 weeks, to a maximum of $600 per semester/term. 
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3. Supports for Students with Disabilities

Students with permanent disabilities are eligible to access all student loan and grant programs. There are also some features of the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan program specifically for students with permanent disabilities, as well as other supports available to all students that may be of interest to you.

Financial Supports for Students with Disabilities 

Did You Know?

  • Students with disabilities are not required to make the fixed student contribution. Students are expected to contribute to their educational costs by providing a fixed student contribution up to $3,000 per year. There is no fixed student contribution for students with permanent disabilities, Indigenous students, students with children and students who are, or were, Crown wards. Therefore, these students may be eligible to receive more loan funding.
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4. Supports for Adult Learners

An adult learner is someone who is enrolling in post-secondary studies after at least 10 years away from high school. Adult learners are eligible to access all student loan and grant programs. There are also some features of the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan program specifically for adult learners, as well as other supports available to all students that may be of interest to you.

Financial Supports for Adult Learners

  • The Government of Canada has introduced a new Skills Boost top-up to the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students for full-time students who have been out of school for at least 10 years. If you qualify, you will receive $1,600 per year ($200 per month of an eight-month school year) in additional grant money.

Other Features that May Interest You

  • A change in your employment situation does not have to be a barrier to returning to school. Working and unemployed Canadians whose employment situation has significantly changed from the previous year (e.g. lost a job, left a job) may have their current income used to assess Canada Student Grant eligibility. This means a person who experiences a drop in income may qualify for additional assistance.
  • Money is available for students with dependants. If you are a full- or part-time student with dependant children, you may be eligible for monthly living allowances based on your income and the number and age of your children, which will include a monthly allowance for daycare. Additionally, students with dependants are eligible to access all other student loan and grant programs.
  • Students with children do not have to make the fixed student contribution. Students are expected to contribute to their educational costs by providing a fixed student contribution up to $3,000 per year. There is no fixed student contribution for students with children, Indigenous students, students with permanent disabilities, and students who are, or were, Crown wards. Therefore, these students may be eligible to receive more loan funding. 

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