The Manitoba Student Aid Program provides supplemental financial assistance for post-secondary educational purposes to Manitobans with limited finances. See Our Program for further details.
The basic types of assistance for full-time students are Canada Student Loan and Manitoba Student Loan. The maximum Canada Student Loan is $210 per week of study and the maximum Manitoba Student Loan is $140 per week of study.
For more detailed information on these and other types of assistance, see the section on Our Program, Types of Assistance for Full-Time Students.
There are several eligibility requirements. These are detailed in Our Program, Eligibility Requirements.
If you are a part-time student, you may qualify for assistance under the part-time program if you meet the requirements as outlined in Our Program Types of Assistance for Part-time Students.
To determine if the school and program you are planning to attend are eligible, see our section on Your School and Program.
Your institution or program must be “designated” (approved) in order for you to receive a student loan, bursary or other student financial assistance.
If your institution or program is not “designated,” this means you are not eligible to receive student aid funding for this particular institution or program until the approval process has been completed.
You will need to submit an application for student aid in paper format.
Once Manitoba Student Aid receives your application, it will be forwarded to the Designation Unit to begin the approval process.
Manitoba Student Aid will request specific information from your institution that will help determine if the institution meets designation criteria. These requirements are intended to support consumer protection and accountability between government and the institutions.
The institution will be asked to provide information about the campus, the administrative supports available to students, faculty, program of study, and financial information specific to the program of study.
Manitoba Student Aid staff will review the returned information for completeness and evaluate it against established criteria that all institutions / programs must meet.
The institution or program is then either formally designated or found to be ineligible for designation for the purpose of Manitoba student loans, bursaries, and other assistance.
Manitoba Student Aid will advise the institution and student of this outcome. Unfortunately, if the institution or program is ineligible for designation, you will not be able to receive government financial assistance to attend that institution or program.
Manitoba Student Aid recommends that you apply for student aid well in advance of your program start date. It takes four to six weeks to review and process the institutionís documents once they arrive in our office. You should allow an average of twelve weeks to allow time for the institution to respond, and for Manitoba Student Aid to process the information.
Provide Manitoba Student Aid with the name, phone number and email address for the Registrar or the contact person of the Student Awards Office. Check the institution’s general calendar, course catalogue, or program guide for this information.
If your institution is designated but the program you’d like to take isn’t: Along with your student aid application, provide a photocopy of the full program outline. The outline should include entrance requirements, course dates, and the number of hours of classroom study. This information should be available in the course catalogue or program guide. If that is not available, provide us with the school’s contact person as noted above.
You’ll be copied on initial email correspondence between Manitoba Student Aid and the contact(s) you provide for your institution. This is done so you can follow up with your institution to encourage them to respond to Manitoba Student Aid in a timely manner.
No. We recommend you direct your follow-up efforts to your institution.
Unfortunately, no. Designation staff does not have access to your loan application or to any other information about you.
You can call our General Inquiry line, or you can check the status of your application online.
To check the status online go to My Student Aid Online (MySAO). Students who submit a paper application will receive a temporary password from Manitoba Student Aid.
You can apply online or by paper.
Apply online at My Student Aid Online (MySAO), and you should receive notification of your results within two weeks.
If you are unable to apply online because this is your second application in the same program year, or if your institution or program is not designated, then please contact Manitoba Student Aidís General Inquiry line to ask about receiving a paper application.
When submitting a paper application, be sure to answer all the appropriate questions, sign all required declaration and consent forms, and if applicable, ensure your spouse or parents sign all required documents.
It can take up to five weeks to process a regular paper application and up to twelve weeks for a designation application, longer if the application is not completed properly, so plan ahead.
It takes up to two weeks to process an Internet application and up to six weeks to process a paper application. See Our Program How, Where and When to Apply.
For Canada and Manitoba Student Loans, all information including any required documentation must be received no later than two months before your program ends. Furthermore, funds cannot be released after your program end date.
To determine financial need, an assessment is performed taking into account your allowable costs and expected resources. The simple formula is:
Need = Allowable Costs Expected Resources
See Our Program How Financial Need is Determined.
Canada Student Loans policy states that you are considered as a dependant (even if you do not live with your parents) unless you meet the independent student criteria. See Independent Student.
If you are a dependent student, your parents are expected to contribute to your education based on their annual income and the number of dependants in your family. See Our Program for sections on Expected Contributions and Parental Contribution for a more detailed explanation. Also, see sample charts of Moderate Standard of Living (for Manitoba) and Weekly Expected Parental Contribution.
Applications received at Manitoba Student Aid for programs starting after August 1st, 2015 will no longer use the value of a vehicle as a resource. In the past, students owning vehicles worth more than $10,000, may have been limited in the amount of student aid they could receive.
If you own a vehicle or other valuable property, you might want to consider selling it and putting the money towards your education.
You can check the status of your application in MySAO. If you have any questions, please contact us between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at:
Personal debts are not considered in a studentís assessment of need. As “needs-based” programs for post-secondary studies, Canada and Manitoba Student Loan programs are designed to take into account only the studentís allowable educational and living expenses.
If information changes, you must notify Manitoba Student Aid in writing. See Our Program – What To Do if the Information You Reported Changes.
Yes. The information you provide is subject to audit and verification. If it is determined that you received more assistance that you were entitled to receive, penalties will be applied. See Our Program Audit and Verification for further information.
You will receive a Notice of Assistance Letter in the mail outlining the details of your loan(s). Read the back of the Notice of Assistance Letter for all details on when and how you will receive your assistance. Assistance cannot be released before the disbursement date and is only valid for 30 days after the date your school signs the document. Funds cannot be released after your study period end date. See Our Program How and When Funds are Paid.
Make sure you know your responsibilities before negotiating your loan(s). See Our Program Conditions of the Application for more details.
Awards are normally paid out in more than one disbursement (payment).
If you have not received your second disbursement:
If your tuition is due and you are in an emergency situation, check with your school to see if funds are available to assist you until your award is available.
If you believe your Notice of Assistance does not accurately reflect your situation and you have other expenses such as:
You may have your file reviewed. Submit a request in writing along with any pertinent documentation. See Making Changes.
An overaward means that a student received more assistance than they were entitled to receive. See Overaward.
All students must contact their lenders (or service providers) within six months of the end of their full-time studies. See Repayment for full details on how to proceed with repayment of your loans for both full- and part-time students.
If you are having difficulty repaying your student loan(s), there may be options available to you. See Repayment for complete details.