Financial assistance is available to help part-time students pay for post-secondary education. Eligible part-time students in Canada could get up to $10,000 in federal loans in addition to grant funding. Students taking between 20% and 59% of a full course load (or between 20% and 39% if you are a student with a permanent disability) at a designated post-secondary institution, can apply for Part-time loans and grants.
Part-time Canada Student Loans and Grants and Saskatchewan part-time grant is assessed based on student income and family size. The amount of funding awarded is calculated based on education costs, including tuition, learning supplies (i.e., textbooks and equipment costs), local transportation, and daycare.
In response to concerns about the impact of COVID-19, the Canada Student Grant for part-time students has increased from up to $1,800 to up to $3,600 for the 2020-21 loan year.
How to Apply
Canada Student Grant for part-time students with Dependants
If you are a student with dependants who is eligible for part-time student loans and whose income is below the low-income threshold, you may be eligible to receive the grant up to $120 per week up to a maximum of $3,840.
Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
If you are a student with a permanent disability who is eligible for part-time 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 $4,000 per school year to assist with educational or living costs.
Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities
Part-time students with permanent disabilities may be eligible to receive up to $22,000 to help offset exceptional, education-related costs.
Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship
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). To do this, students will be required to apply for a part-time student loan.
Request grants-only funding
Applying for a part-time student loan to access grants does not mean you have to take a loan if you prefer not to. When you apply for a part-time student loan, you are assessed for a mix of non-repayable grants and repayable loans. You can choose to receive grants only by indicating this on your part-time application form.
Did you know?
- A grant is money that you do not need to pay back. If you withdraw from school, some or all of the grant funding you receive will convert to a loan.
- A loan is money you must payback.
- You can apply for financial assistance if you are a full-time or part-time student.
- Loans are interest-free while in school, and you don't have to start repaying them until six months after you complete your studies.