Eligibility & applying

The 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., no 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 also available at the Scholarship and Student Aid Office and McGill’s School of Continuing Studies.

Permanent codes

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 the “Student” option under the section “On-Line Access to Your File”. It is important to read the information that appears at the end of the application form -- you will find a list of the documents required for your application to be assessed.

If you do not have a permanent code

You will have to complete the hard copy 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 of Montreal: 97900D

McGill program codes per faculty

Applied Science: 40000
Architecture: 48000
Arts: 10000
Counselling Psychology: 10012
Continuing Education: 18100
Dentistry: (DDS U1 to U4): 56000
Dentistry Residency: (Multidisciplinary Program): 56500
Education: 18000
Preschool & Elementary Education/Second: 11200
Engineering (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate): 41000
Engineering (Coop): 40050
Law: 14000
Law (McGill Program): 14500
Management: 15000
MBA: 15010
Medicine (MDCM U1 to U4): 51000
Medicine (Residency Program): 50900
Music: 10300
Nursing: 58000
BSc Nursing and Ba Nursing Integrated: 58002
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy: 58400
MSCA Couple and Family Therapy: 40003
MSCA Speech and Language Pathology: 40002
Sciences: 20000
Social Work: 16100
Special and Qualifying Studies: 09999

Macdonald campus program codes

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Bio-resource Engineering: 32002
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate): 41000
Dietetics: 32001
Dietetics and 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. 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 60 days from the end of the last month of recognized studies in a given year.

Important: Every September and January, you will be asked by the AFE to confirm your revenue. Your aid will be suspended if you do not do so.

Response times

Applications take from 4 to 6 weeks to be assessed by the AFE. Each missing document will increase the wait time accordingly. An envelope is included with the paper application for which you must provide proper postage then mail to the 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 the AFE's eligibility period and debt limit.