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FAQ

AFE notifications

Confirmation of enrollment

McGill's monthly confirmations of enrollment for students receiving AFE are performed according to information appearing on school transcripts. If this information is incorrect, contact your Faculty/Department immediately. You can find the latest confirmation we sent AFE on Minerva under Financial Aid & Awards Menu / Government Aid for Students-Confirmation of enrolment.

Missing docs

If your AFE application has no decision after the processing date has passed on AFE's website:

  1. Review your application form and determine if you have sent all the documents listed at the bottom of your application. Important: AFE will not begin assessing a student’s file until it has received all the required documentation.
  2. Contact AFE at 514-864-3557 or 1-877-643-3750
  3. Visit the Scholarships and Student Aid Office (3600 McTavish, office 3200) or studend.aid [at] mcgill.ca (email) studend.aid [at] mcgill.ca

Cash flow

Aid delays

If you have applied for government aid but have not yet received it when it comes time to pay your fees, you should consider applying for a Tuition Payment Deferral via Minerva’s Financial Aid/Awards menu.

Appealing AFE decisions

Submissions

You should book an appointment with our Quebec Financial Aid Advisor (514-398-6013) if you have reached your debt limit or the maximum eligibility period to book a derogation appointment. We will look at your file and investigate the possibility of a better option for you before starting the Exceptional Case process. If it is determined that an appeal is the best way to proceed, we will help you assemble the required documentation and send this along with the application for you. Please note that it is important to start this process as early as possible in the summer before the start of the academic year that will be impacted.

Income declaration discrepancy

At the end of each academic year, the income you reported to AFE is verified against the information you declared on your income tax form and held on file by Revenue Quebec.

Letter from the AFE

You may receive a letter from AFE asking for explanations regarding discrepancies between the two declarations.

Read the AFE letter carefully. It provides precise instructions on what is required and how to proceed. If you duly provide information, and if you provided correct information to AFE during the year, the inquiry into a false declaration will be dropped from your file.

Remember: an AFE employee will have to review and understand your response, so make sure it is well-written and complete. This can only work in your favour!

Common reporting mistakes

The two most common mistakes students make relate to:

  1. The amount or type of aid or income received. Types include bursary, grant, stipend, salary or fellowship. If you are unsure which of these you are receiving, speak with your supervisor. For information on McGill student stipends, visit the Student Funding website.
  2. Line 154 of your Revenue Quebec tax form, which regroups all “other income” you may have received.
    As explained on the tax form, line 154 includes:
    • scholarships;
    • bursaries;
    • any income supplement from the government;
    • withdrawals from RRSPs; and
    • all other taxable income not reported elsewhere on your return.
    Be prepared to provide supporting documentation to explain a cited discrepancy.
  3. AFE might request that you provide them with an Award confirmation letter. You will find one on Minerva under Financial Aid/Awards // Award Confirmation Letter. Please note that you will likely have to request 2 letters to cover a full tax year.

Consequences of a false declaration

Important! If you obtained financial assistance as a result of a false declaration, you may become ineligible for AFE's Loans and Bursaries Program for two years. This period may be extended until the overpayment has been paid back in full.

To prevent this from happening, always update your file via AFE's Declaration of Change—Student (online form) as soon as you have completed your taxes. If all your numbers add up, your entry will usually not be questioned.

 

Please note: McGill is not authorized to provide advice to students on income tax matters, nor comment on their tax files and declarations. Students are urged to consult personal tax advisors for help.

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