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Program Updates

Manitoba Student Aid is committed to continuous improvement, with the goal of simplifying processes and enhancing student satisfaction. Every year changes are being implemented to further simplify the process of applying for and obtaining funding.

This year students will notice improvements to our online application, Student Aid Online portal, and Manitoba Student Aid forms.


Application: Gender Options

Students will now have the option to select an identity marker that better reflects how they self-identify on their Manitoba Student Aid application.

Individuals will be able to choose from 5 options:

  • Female
  • Male
  • Non-binary
  • Two-spirit
  • Another Gender Identity

COVID-19 Repayment pause

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

If students want to continue making payments on their loan, they may do so by sending a cheque or electronic fund transfer to Manitoba Student Loans.

  • If students are registered for pre-authorized debit, payments will be automatically stopped.
  • If students are making payments by cheque or other means, they are not required to make payments during the suspension period.
  • Manitoba Student Loans remain interest free.

Doubling of Canada Student Grant amounts

In response to increased need for the coming 2020 to 2021 school year, the maximum amount of Canada Student Grants will be doubled.

The Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students will increase up to a maximum of $6,000 and the grant for part-time studies to $3,600. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependants will also be doubled.


Exemption from student and spousal contribution

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, students will not be required to make their fixed student contribution; no spousal contribution would be required either.

This will ensure that more students with need can qualify for more financial support.


Increasing the cap on Canada Student Loans

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, the weekly maximum Canada Student Loan limit will increase from $210 to $350.

As a result, students could receive up to $11,900 in Canada Student Loans to help them meet the rising cost of post-secondary education this coming school year.


Increasing funding for the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Government is adding $5.0 million to make sure students with financial need can access school. By schools’ matching these dollars, $30 million will be available to students this year. To find out about awards and bursaries at your school, you need to contact them directly.

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COVID-19 Updates

Repayment of your Manitoba Student Loan will resume on October 1st, 2020.

If you are having trouble repaying your loan, you can apply for repayment assistance.

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.