AFE’s website thoroughly lists all eligibility requirements and application information regarding Quebec student aid. Keep in mind that in order to maximize your aid, it is important to determine if you qualify as an independent student (i.e., without parental contribution).
Important: AFE will not assess a student file until it is considered complete. You can track all your required AFE documents by checking off the blue circles provided on the application form, or by carefully reading the personalised list of required documents at the end of your online application. Our office can see to the legal certification of these documents, but you must provide your own photocopies. Commissioners for Oaths are available at the Scholarship and Student Aid Office and McGill’s School of Continuing Studies.
Students registered in private programs, even if they are deemed needy, will only be eligible for loans from AFE. Not all private programs are considered eligible by AFE. Part-time programs and programs offered in modules are not eligible to AFE.
Your permanent code is required information on your AFE application. Most students will find their Permanent Code on their McGill transcript. If there is no permanent code on your transcript, please follow the guidelines provided below in the section "If you do not have a permanent code".
If you have your permanent code
You may apply online via AFE's Online Services under “Student” profile. It is important to read the information that appears at the end of the application form as you will find a list of the documents required for your application to be assessed.
If you do not have a permanent code
You may want to wait for your permanent code to be available on your transcript. You will otherwise have to complete the paper form “Application for Financial Assistance – Loans and Bursaries Program (1001)". This version is also available in limited quantities at the Scholarships and Student Aid Office and McGill’s School of Continuing Studies.
McGill campus & faculty program codes
Below are lists for both the McGill campus and faculty program codes required for your AFE application.
McGill campus & college codes
Downtown Campus: 979000
Macdonald Campus: 97900B
Macdonald College (Cegep): 699600
Montreal Diocesan Theological College: 97900E
Presbyterian College: 97900C
United Theological College: 97900D
Campus Outaouais 97900F
McGill program codes per faculty
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate - at the downtown campus): 41000
Applied Science: 40000
Counselling Psychology: 10012
Continuing Education: 18100
Dentistry: (DDS U1 to U4): 56000
Dentistry Residency: (Multidisciplinary Program): 56500
Bachelor Education/Bachelor Music: 10301
Preschool & Elementary Education/Second: 11200
Engineering (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate): 41000
Engineering (Coop): 40050
Law (BCL/LLB): 14500
Manufacturing Management: 15011
Master of Divinity: 10500
Master of Management Analytics: 15020
Master of Public Policy (Max Bell School of Public Policy): 15022
Medicine (MDCM U1 to U4): 51000
Medicine (Residency Program): 50900
Medicine (Clinical Fellowship): 50901
MM Finances (MMF): 15011
BSc Nursing and Ba Nursing Integrated: 58002
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy: 58400
MSCA Couple and Family Therapy: 40003
MSCA Speech and Language Pathology: 40002
Regenerative Medicine: 51003
Social Work: 16100
Special and Qualifying Studies: 09999
Macdonald campus program codes
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences:32000
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate - at the Macdonald Campus): 41000
Bio-resource Engineering: 32002
Human Nutrition: 32000
Macdonald College (Cegep) program code
Farm Management and Technologies (new version): 152B0
Important dates & deadlines
The AFE application form is newly available every year during the month of May/June. Apply as early as possible every summer to ensure your aid is assessed and ready by September 1st. No application for financial assistance is accepted after 30 days from the end of the last month of recognized studies in a given year.
Important: Every February, you will be asked by AFE to confirm your revenue. Your aid will be suspended if you do not do so.
You can find AFE’s processing dates here to know when to expect an assessment of your file. Each missing document will increase the wait time accordingly. . If you chose to apply using the paper form, note that an envelope is included with the paper application for which you must provide proper postage then mail to AFE. Our office cannot mail this for you.
If you have a permanent code, apply online and upload your documents directly to your AFE file. This will ensure a secure transmission of your personal information and will allow for a shorter processing time for your file.
Keep in mind AFE's eligibility period and debt limit. If you reach the maximum time allowed or your debt limit before the end of your degree, you may want to contact our office to book a derogation appointment in order to appeal AFE’s decision.