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How is Manitoba Student Aid supporting applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You have had questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect your Manitoba Student Aid funding and we have answers. The following information applies to students who were being funded by Manitoba Student Aid from March 13, 2020 to June 1, 2020 and whose studies were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


My program start date has been delayed as a result of COVID-19.

Will this impact my student aid funding?

Since funds are received when you are in school it could impact when funds are released. Manitoba Student Aid is working closely with your school to change study period dates. You or your school can contact Manitoba Student Aid to notify us that study period dates have changed.

Do I need to tell Manitoba Student Aid about this change?

Yes, please contact Manitoba Student Aid to let us know about the change to your study period dates. We will be in touch with your school to put these changes into effect and update your application.


My program changed delivery from in-class to distance/online as a result of COVID-19.

Will this impact my student aid funding?

If you submitted your application before March 13, 2020, then Manitoba Student Aid will not be re-assessing your file to reflect the change in delivery format. The funding you are eligible for this academic year will not be affected.

Do I need to tell Manitoba Student Aid about this change?

No. While typically you would be required to let us know of any changes to your program, in this case you do not need to let us know if you have been transferred to distance/online learning.

What if I am completing a new application for funding and my program has changed to online delivery?

When completing the application, choose “Majority of courses online, correspondence, or distance learning”. Designated programs delivering online programs are eligible for both full-time and part-time funding.

What if I am not able to continue with my program due to the change in delivery?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will not be penalized for withdrawing from studies between March 13 and June 1, 2020. The funding you have already received will not be impacted.


My program is being extended as a result of COVID-19.

Will this impact my student aid funding?

No, this will not impact the funding you have already received, and you may be eligible for additional funding. Please ask your school to contact us to confirm the extended dates.

Do I need to tell Manitoba Student Aid about this change?

Yes, please contact Manitoba Student Aid to let us know about the change to your study period dates. We will be in touch with your school to put these changes into effect and update your application.

What if I am unable to continue my program due to the extended study period?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will not be penalized for withdrawing from studies between March 13 and June 1, 2020. The funding you have already received will not be impacted.


My work placement (practicum, co-op program, internship or on-the-job training, etc.) has been cancelled or postponed as a result of COVID-19.

Will this impact my student aid funding?

Manitoba Student Aid will not be reassessing your application if your work placement has been cancelled and you are not required to complete it at a later date. The funding you have already received will not be impacted, however your future funding may be adjusted.

What if my work placement is not cancelled or postponed, but I am not able to complete it for COVID-19 related reasons?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will not be penalized for withdrawing from studies between March 13 and June 1, 2020. The funding you have already received will not be impacted.


I am a student with permanent disabilities and my program’s delivery has changed as a result of COVID-19 (i.e. program is now online), which is impacting the supports and equipment I need.

Can I change my approved supports and/or equipment as a result of the changed program delivery?

Yes, you can request changes to services or equipment through the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities by having the accessibility officer at your school (or other supporting organization) complete a revised Equipment and Services Costing form. The deadline for submitting an application and supporting documentation will be a little more flexible than usual, however it is recommended that requests for additional supports are submitted as soon as possible. Note: The revised form cannot be processed after your study period ends.


I am experiencing increased financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Am I able to get additional Manitoba Student Aid funding if I have lost my job?

The needs assessment process for determining the amount of Manitoba Student Aid funding you are eligible for does not consider any employment income during your study period. If you are in school and experiencing financial hardship, contact us.

I am going to be receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit or other COVID-19 support, do I need to notify Manitoba Student Aid?

No. You are not required to report any study period income on the application. Funds from the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Canada Emergency Response Benefit or other COVID-19 related financial support would not change your needs assessment.

I am completing a new Manitoba Student Aid application, do I need to report any current Employment Insurance (EI) amount I will be receiving, as a result of losing my job?

No. You are not required to report any EI you are receiving during your study period. Make sure you have consulted with Manitoba Training and Employment Services to retain your EI benefits while in school.


The Government of Canada announced that there will be changes to the Canada Student Loans Program during COVID-19. How do I apply for this?

Manitoba Student Aid will provide more information on upcoming changes for the fall program year when available. Check our website in the coming weeks for updates.


Where can I find public health information related to COVID-19?

For public health guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Manitoba's Covid-19 website for up to date information.

What mental health supports are available for individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, please visit the Government of Manitoba's Care for Your Mental Health website. AbilitiCBT is a new digital therapy program available to all residents of Manitoba age 16 or older experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic. This service is free and confidential and is available 24/7.


Manitoba Student Aid is here to support you, please contact us if you have any further questions.

For information about the Government of Canada's Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) visit the Canada Emergency Student Benefit website.

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Find out how Manitoba Student Aid is supporting applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manitoba Student Loan repayment will be suspended until September 30, 2020.

In person service is not available at this time.

We are pleased to support you by phone toll free at 1-800-204-1685 or 204-945-6321. You may also send an email through our website, or check for status updates on your student aid through MYSAO.