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What about my funds?

When you should expect your funds, how much to expect and what to do if your credit history is causing you issues.

When will I receive my funds?

You will receive your funds after all your documents are submitted and verified, and your school has confirmed your enrollment. Funds cannot be released before the start of school.

You should check your MySAO account to see updated information about:

  • what documents you need to submit
  • what documents have been verified
  • if your school confirmed your enrollment
  • when you will receive your funds

Your loan is issued in two parts:

  • Canada Student Loan is issued at the start of school
  • Manitoba Student Loan is issued at the mid-point of school
If you are receiving a grant
  • Prince of Wales/Princess Anne Award is issued at the mid-point of school.
  • Canada Student Grant for Persons with Dependants is issued in two portions: half at the start and half at the mid-point of school.
  • Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities is issued in two portions: half at the start and half at the mid-point of school.
  • Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment is issued multiple times throughout the year.
  • Canada Student Grant for Part-time Students is issued at the start of school.
  • Canada Student Grant for Students from Low/Middle-Income Families is issued in two portions: half at the start and half at the mid-point of school.

How much will I receive?

We calculate how much you receive based on your financial need. To calculate your financial need, we use this basic formula:

Allowable Expenses – Resources = Financial Need

Allowable expenses are based on educational costs (set by your school), and standard living allowances (set by the Canada Student Loans Program).

Allowable expenses include:

Your resources, and your parents', spouse or partner's resources, if applicable, are used to calculate your financial need.

Resources include:
  • income during school
  • income for up to 17 weeks before school
  • scholarships and bursaries
  • savings and investments
  • parents' income, if applicable
  • spouse or partner's income and financial assets, if applicable
  • other assets such as RRSPs and RESPs

Remember, our funding is meant to supplement, not replace, your own resources. Just because you apply for a student loan does not mean you'll get one, and not everyone gets the maximum amount.


What if I have a poor credit history?

If this is your first time applying and you are over 22 years old, you need to pass a credit check to receive funds.

If you are denied financial help because you did not pass the credit check, you will receive a package explaining your options.

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