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Government aid for summer studies

Deadline reminder! Canada aid recipients with an interest-free status and continuing in summer studies, it is time to update your end of study period.

Government aid requirements for summer studies differ according to province. Consult the list below for specific criteria and refer to  provincial/territorial financial aid websites to obtain online applications.

Alberta
  • Students must complete a new application for the Spring/Summer terms (combine both terms)
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 60% course load (9 credits) during the Spring/Summer term
  • No funding is available for a program less than 12 weeks long, however, if the Spring/Summer term is part of a program longer than 12 weeks, such as a 4-year degree program, students are welcome to apply
  • If the application period is shorter than 12 weeks, students will be awarded provincial funding only
  • No particular deadline, but students must allow enough time for processing
British Columbia
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 60% course load (9 credits) during the Summer term
  • No break in between classes can be longer than 2 consecutive weeks
  • Students must complete an Appendix 3 AND an Appendix 7, section 1: questions 1, 2, 12, 13 only (available online and at SSAO) then submit to McGill's Student Aid Office
  • Deadline to apply: 6 weeks prior to the summer study period's end date
Manitoba
  • If study period is 6-8 weeks long, minimum of 6 credits required
  • If study period is 9-12 weeks long, minimum of 9 credits required
  • Students must submit a special summer application (available on the Manitoba Government Aid website)
  • No particular deadline, but students must allow enough time for processing 
New Brunswick
  • Students must be registered for a minimum 60% course load (9 credits) and the study period must be a minimum of 12 weeks in length
  • Deadline to apply: at least 6 weeks prior to the summer study period's end date 
Newfoundland
  • Students must be registered for a minimum 80% (12 credits) for provincial funding and 60% (9 credits) for federal funding, and the Summer semester must run for at least 6 consecutive weeks
  • Students should submit a supplementary application form (available on the NFLD Government Aid website) ONLY if they have received assistance for the semester directly prior to the start of the summer
  • Deadline to apply: 8 weeks after the first day of a 12-week Summer semester (for a study period less than 12 weeks, deadline is 2 weeks after the start of classes)
Northwest Territories
  • Students who are taking a Summer or Spring semester that is less than 12 weeks may have their studies funded by SFA as long as they were enrolled in the previous Fall or Winter semester as a full-time student and that semester(s) was longer than 12 weeks.
  • Students must always be registered for a minimum 60% course load (9 credits) during the Spring/Summer term to be eligible for NWT SFA.
  • Students must complete an SFA application, however if a student’s academic year goes until August, only a Form D ("Student Enrolment Form") for the Spring/Summer term is required (available on the NWT Government Aid website).
  • No particular deadline, but students must allow enough time for processing.
  • SEFs can be completed up to one calendar month prior to the start date.
Nova Scotia
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Students must have at least 1 credit (6 credit hours) over the May and June period AND 1 credit (6 credit hours) over the July and August period (i.e., summer studies must run from May to August)
  • Condensed (3-week) courses count toward full-time study if the student is taking two or more of these back-to back for a total of 6 or more weeks for continuous full-time study.
  • Submit a regular online application: all students can now use the same application for any full-time period.
  • Deadline to apply: 8 weeks prior to Summer semester's end date
Ontario
  • Students must take a minimum of a 60% course load (9 credits)  or 40% course load (6 credits for students with a disability), over a minimum of 6 weeks (if a student received aid for Fall/Winter, the duration of the combined period of study must be at least 12 weeks in length)
  • Students applying for summer funding only (no previous funding) need to be registered for a minimum of 12 weeks and must submit an online application
  • Students need to complete the McGill Summer Extension form and SSAO will advise the Ministry of the study period extension
  • If a student submits an online application for the Summer semester (instead of applying for an extension through the SSAO), they will need to submit a letter to OSAP requesting a cancelation of their application—they should then complete the McGill Summer Extension form and resubmit through SSAO
  • Deadline to apply: applications must be received no later than 60 days before the end of the study period (all supporting documents must be submitted 40 days before the end of the study period)
PEI
  • Students must be registered for a minimum 60% full time course load (9 credits) for a minimum study period of 12 consecutive weeks
  • Summer application process is as follows: students must complete a full-time application form, apply online and follow the application with the signed "Tax Consent and Declaration Form and the Academic Information Form" completed by the educational institution. (If PEI already has a current tax consent, the student will not be prompted for a new one.)
  • No particular deadline, but students must allow enough time for processing 
Saskatchewan
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 60% course load (9 credits) and a minimum of 6 weeks of study
  • Students submit a regular SFA application to be considered for summer funding
  • No particular deadline, but students must allow enough time for processing
Yukon
  • Students must be registered for a minimum 60% course load (9 credits)
  • To be eligible for territorial funding, students must be registered for a minimum of 12 weeks in the summer
  • For the federal program, students must be registered for a minimum of 12 weeks unless a student started in the Fall or Winter session, in which case they will continue with that application and add a new end date
  • Students must inform Yukon SFA of the extension in order to receive summer funding
  • No particular deadline, but students must allow enough time for processing