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2019-20 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 important things for students in the 2019-20 student loan year.

The 2019-20 student loan application is now available

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1. Changes and Highlights for 2019-20

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?

  • The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship is available to part-time students. If you are a Grade 12 graduate (2012 or later) and enrol in a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship of $500 each year (maximum of $2,000). Starting in 2019, the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship will be available only to students with a demonstrated need.  To determine financial need, students will be required to apply for a student loan. Through the student loan assessment, students with demonstrated financial need will receive the scholarship provided that they also meet the following eligibility criteria:
    • Graduated from grade 12 in Saskatchewan (including ABE and GED®) on or after January 1, 2012;
    • Enrolled at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution in a program that is recognized for Canada-Saskatchewan student loans (certificate, diploma, and degree programs).
  • With the exception of both Lakeland College campuses and specific specialized health programs, programs at post-secondary institutions outside of Saskatchewan are not eligible for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship.
  • Additional money for full-time students who have been out of high school for at least 10 years. The Government of Canada provides a 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. 
  • The Canada Student Grant for full- and part-time students with dependants. An eligible student whose income is below the low-income threshold will continue to receive the full grant of $47 per week per child. If your income is higher than the low-income threshold, the grant will be lower.
  • Request grants-only funding. When you apply for a Canada Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan, you are assessed for funding that is a mix of non-repayable grants and repayable loans. You can choose to decline the loans and receive only grants. For example, a student whose income threshold may be assessed for approximately $15,000 in financial assistance ($11,000 in loan funding and $4,000 in grants). If grants-only funding was requested this student would receive only grant funding of $4,000. The amounts referenced here 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. 
  • 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. This also includes 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 

  • If you are a student with a permanent disability who is eligible for student loans, you will be eligible to receive the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities. You will be automatically considered for this grant in your student loan application. This grant provides $2,000 per school year to assist with educational or living costs. 
  • If you are a student with a permanent disability, you may take a reduced course load and be eligible for loans and grants for a longer academic period.
  • If you are a student with a permanent disability enrolled in a program at a post-secondary educational institution, you may be eligible to receive the Canada-Saskatchewan Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities. This grant provides up to $22,000 per program year. This includes an increase in the Canada Grant Cap from $8,000 to $20,000 (subject to Government of Canada legislative and regulatory approval) and up to $2,000 for the Saskatchewan Grant. Examples of eligible services and equipment include: tutors, interpreters, computer software and specialized transportation.  
  • If you are a student with a permanent disability enrolled in an adult basic education or apprenticeship program, you can apply for the Canada-Saskatchewan Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities without applying for a student loan. You may also be eligible for the Provincial Training Allowance.

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 enrols 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 provides a 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 dependent children, you may be eligible for monthly living allowances based on your income and the number and age of your children. This also includes a monthly allowance for daycare. Additionally, students with dependants are eligible to access all other student loan and grant programs.
  • Students with children 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 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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