Government aid for summer studies

Reminder! Canada aid recipients with an interest-free status and continuing in summer studies, be sure 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

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a minimum 40% course load (6 credits).
  • No funding is available for programs less than 12 weeks in duration, unless the summer term is part of a program that is longer than 12 weeks, such as a 4-year degree program, students may apply.
  • If the study period is shorter than 12 weeks students may only receive provincial funding.

How to apply

Students complete:

  • a Change of Circumstance Form (McGill’s Scholarship and Student aid Office will confirm full time status and tuition costs for the summer courses);
  • an online application for the summer term.

Deadline: 30 days prior to the end of the student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31).

British Columbia

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a minimum 40% course load (6 credits).
  • Any time lapse between courses cannot be longer than 2 consecutive weeks.

How to Apply

Students who previously applied for fall and winter terms OR winter term only:

  • If the summer term is less than 12 weeks, students must complete both:
    • Paper Appendix 3 - School and program information, and
    • Paper Appendix 7 - Request for reassessment as follows:
      • Section 1: questions 1, 2, 12, 13, 17, 18;
      • Section 3: the entire study period including tuition for the fall, winter and summer terms must be reported - questions 41 and 42 (enter the program information and any information that may have changed);
      • Section 6: declaration (completed and signed) to extend the original study period from September or January to the summer month (e.g., July or August).
  • If the summer term is 12 weeks or more, students must complete Appendix 3 electronically.

Students applying for the summer term only (with no application for fall/winter) must complete an electronic summer application:

  • Appendix 3: enter the study period and the program costs for the summer term only. If a student was not on government aid in the winter term a new summer application is required.

Deadline: Applications and supporting documents for all cases must be received 6 weeks prior to the end of the student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31). It is the student’s responsibility to send all documents to BC Aid by the deadline.

Note:  When completing the summer extension (on-line or paper versions) students must declare any Scholarships and/or Bursaries received even if these were already declared in the Fall/Winter application.  If the student is applying for summer funding only they should not declare the Fall/Winter Scholarships and/or Bursaries unless the award was issued in the summer term.

Application Requirements

Applied for Fall

Applied for Winter

Applied online for Summer

Registered for 12 weeks or more

Registered for 9 credits or more

Requirements

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online Appendix 3

No Appendix 7 required

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Paper Summer Extension

Appendix 3 required

Appendix 7 required

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Eligible for part-time if more than 6 credits

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online Appendix 3

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Paper Summer Extension

Appendix 3 required

Appendix 7 required

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Eligible for part-time if more than 6 credits

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online Appendix 3

No Appendix 7 required

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Paper Summer Extension

Appendix 3 required

Appendix 7 required

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Eligible for part-time if more than 6 credits

Manitoba

Eligibility

  • Study periods 6-8 weeks long: students must be registered with a minimum of 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Study periods 9-12 weeks long: students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a minimum 40% course load (6 credits), for either study periods of 6-8 or 9-12 weeks long.

How to apply

  • Students apply online. It will take about 1-2 weeks to process the application assessment. Applications are available in March.
  • Students submit the application to Manitoba Student Aid for processing.
  • Confirmation of Enrolment is completed on the portal by McGill SSAO.

Deadline: Application and supporting documents must be received by the Manitoba Ministry two months prior to the end of the student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31).

New Brunswick

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a 40% course load (6 credits).
  • The study period must be a minimum of 12 weeks in length.

How to apply

  • Students complete a regular online application.
  • Confirmation of Enrolment is completed on the portal by McGill’s Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

Deadline: At least 6 weeks prior to the end of student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31).

Newfoundland

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 80% course load (12 credits) for provincial funding and 60% course load (9 credits) for federal funding.
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a 40% course load (6 credits).
  • Summer term study period must be at least 6 consecutive weeks in length.

How to apply

  • Students submit a supplementary application form (available on the NFLD website) prior to the start of the summer semester only if they have received assistance for the fall and/or winter terms.
  • Confirmation of Enrolment is completed on the portal by McGill’s Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

Deadlines:

  • For summer studies 12 weeks or more in length, the deadline is 8 weeks after the first day of the student’s specific summer study period (not McGill’s official start of summer term, which is May 1).
  • For summer studies less than 12 weeks in length, the deadline is 2 weeks after the first day of the student’s specific summer study period (not McGill’s official start of summer term, which is May 1).

Northwest Territories

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a minimum 40% course load (6 credits).
  • Students who were enrolled and received full-time funding during the fall and/or winter terms, may register for a summer term that is less than 12 weeks in length and submit a new application for the summer.
  • Students who did not receive funding during the winter semester, must register for a summer term that is at least 12 consecutive weeks in length and submit a new application for the summer.

How to apply

Students submit Form D – Student Enrolment Form (SEF) for  the summer semester. They must then forward this document to the Ministry for processing or the SSAO staff may fax it to the Ministry.

Deadline: SEFs may be completed up to one calendar month prior to the start date of the student’s specific summer semester (not McGill’s official start of summer term, which is May 1).

Nova Scotia

Eligibility

  • Students can apply for funding to attend full-time summer courses for a period as short as 6 weeks, even if they did not receive government aid in the previous fall/winter terms.
  • Students must be registered in a degree/diploma program of study that requires a minimum of 6 weeks of full-time study (for all study periods combined).
  • Students must be a full-time student (as defined below) for 6 continuous weeks or longer during the May to August time period:
    • May – August: minimum 60% course load (9 credits) or 40% course load (6 credits) if they are a student with a permanent disability during the summer term
    • May – June only: minimum 40% course load (6 credits)
    • July – August only: minimum 40% course load (6 credits)
  • Condensed (3 week) courses count toward full-time study if the student is taking two or more consecutive courses for a total of 6 or more weeks of continuous full-time study.
  • Students who do not meet these conditions are considered to be part-time and should apply for a part-time loan.

Assessment rules

  • If a student was full-time during the winter term, the pre-study period is “0” weeks long.
  • If a student was NOT full-time during the winter term, the pre-study period is “18” weeks long.

Program length considerations

  • Courses taken during a summer term count toward a student’s total allowable program length funding if the student studies full-time for 12 weeks or longer between May and August.
  • Shorter study periods do not count toward program length funding limits for students on Nova Scotia Student Aid.

How to apply

All students use the same online application for any full-time study period:

  • Log into MyPATH and choose "Intersession Funding".
  • Students must submit a Pre-Study Report when the link becomes available inside the secure login area (immediately after their first day of classes). If the student is eligible, the Pre-Study Report is required before Nova Scotia Student Aid can finalize and deposit the Nova Scotia Student Loan or Grant funding.

Deadline: At least 6 weeks prior to the end of the student’s specific summer term (not McGill’s official end of summer term which is August 31).

Ontario

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a 40% course load (6 credits).
  • If a student received government aid in the fall and/or winter terms, the duration of the combined period of study must be at least 12 weeks in length.
  • If a student did not receive government aid in the fall and/or winter terms and is applying for summer funding only for the same academic year, then that student must be registered for a minimum of 12 weeks and submit an online application.

How to apply

  • Students complete an OSAP McGill Summer Extension Form. McGill SSAO will courier the Ministry of the study period extension.
  • Students must submit a letter directly to the Ministry advising of the total gross income (from all sources) that is expected to be received during the summer extension period.

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than 60 days before the end of the student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31). Supporting documents must be submitted 40 days before the end of the student’s specific study period.

Important: If a student submits an online application for the summer semester, instead of applying for an extension through our office, they must submit a letter to OSAP requesting a cancellation of their application, and complete the Extension Form through our office (the letter and Extension Form will be sent together to the Ministry by McGill’s SSAO).

PEI

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits) and for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks.
  • Students registered for less than 60% course load OR less than 12 weeks of study can apply for part-time loans.
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a minimum 40% course load (6 credits) and for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks.

How to apply

Students must:

  • complete a full-time application form online;
  • complete and submit to the Ministry the Declaration and Tax Consent Form (if PEI has already received the current tax consent, students will NOT be prompted for a new one);
  • submit to the Ministry the Academic Information Sheet (completed by McGill’s SSAO).

For part time loans, students apply using paper applications available on the PEI government aid website.

Deadline: 6 weeks prior to the end of the student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31).

Saskatchewan

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a 40% course load (6 credits).

How to apply

  • For courses running 6 weeks or more, students submit the regular online application, and a Student Loan Program Information Form Revised (completed by the student and signed off by McGill’s SSAO staff).
  • For courses running no more than 5 weeks, students complete the Program Information Form.
  • Students can begin to apply in March when the application for summer becomes available.

Deadline: At least 8 weeks prior to the end of the student’s specific summer term (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31).

Yukon

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered with a minimum 60% course load (9 credits).
  • Students with a permanent disability must be registered with a minimum 40% course load (6 credits).
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 weeks for the summer for both the territorial and federal funding programs.
  • If a student received government aid in the fall/winter term they will continue with that application and add a new study end date.

How to Apply

  • A Proof of Enrolment (paper form) with a new end date must be provided to the Ministry.
  • Students must inform Yukon Aid of their extension in order to receive summer funding.

Deadline: No deadline for summer extension to studies providing all documents are submitted and negotiated prior to the end of the student’s specific study period (not McGill’s official end of summer term, which is August 31).