Planning for you future | Manitoba Student Aid

Is my school designated?

Find out what school designation means, whether your school is designated and what to do if it's not.

You must go to an approved or designated school and be in a designated program to be eligible for funding from Manitoba Student Aid.

Search here to see if your school or program is designated.


If your school or program has not been designated by Manitoba Student Aid, you cannot receive student aid for it until it is has been designated. This requirement is in place to protect you and make sure schools and the government are accountable to each other.

If your school is not designated please contact your institution (e.g. Financial Awards Office or Registrar's Office) to request they apply for designation by completing the Educational Institution Designation Application (Adobe PDF Document 162 KB) or the Program Designation Application (Adobe PDF Document 242 KB). Your institution must then email the completed application and all supporting documents to MSADesigna@gov.mb.ca.

  • the school's accreditation
  • the program requirements
  • school's entrance requirements

This process can take up to four weeks to complete, so please leave time when you apply. Unfortunately, if your school or program is not or cannot be designated, you will not be given student loan for that school or program.

For more information, please read the Manitoba Student Aid Designation Policy (Adobe PDF Document 112 KB)

Status Report | Manitoba Student Aid

New Information

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.