Applying for student aid | Manitoba Student Aid

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 online 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
  • Manitoba Bursary is issued in two portions: half at the start and half at the mid-point of school.
  • Canada Student Grant for Full-time students 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.

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:
  • previous year's income
  • scholarships and bursaries
  • parents' previous year's income, if applicable
  • spouse or partner's previous year's income, if applicable

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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COVID-19 Updates

T4A Slips

Students who received a Manitoba Bursary or a Canada Student Grant for Services & Equipment in 2020 will receive a T4A slip from Manitoba Student Aid (MSA). T4A’s will be mailed out at the end of February.

To avoid delays, please ensure that we have your current address on file. You can make changes to your address through the Manitoba Student Aid online portal.

Note: MSA does not issue T4A’s for Manitoba Student Loans.

Interest Paid Statements

Since Manitoba Student Loans are currently interest free, no Interest Paid Statements are issued.

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.