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Changes for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Student Aid Email Services Expanded

In an effort to improve services, the Student Financial Services Division now has two separate email addresses for students and the public. For those wanting to ask a question, the studentaidenquiry@gov.nl.ca account is there to help. If documentation has to be submitted, the studentaidmailbox@gov.nl.ca will get the documents to the appropriate staff person even faster.

New Canada Student Grant - Adult Learner Grant

Beginning August 1, 2018, a new federal grant is available to students eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students and who have been out of high school for at least 10 years and are returning to full-time post-secondary studies. They will receive an additional $1,600 per school year ($200 per month) in top-up funding. Student’s eligibility will be automatically assessed with their full time application.

Part-time Students – Changes in the Process to Receiving Funds

Effective July 1, 2018, changes in the process of receiving loans and grants for part-time students came into effect. Students will now bring their completed forms along with copies of two government issued IDs to any Canada Post Outlet in a sealed envelope to be sent to the National Student Loan Service Centre free of charge.

For more details on this process, go to the Part-time Students section of the website.

Application Changes

Optional questions have been added to the Student Aid application, asking students to identify if they:

  • are a visible minority;
  • are a member of an indigenous group; and
  • have a spouse or common-law partner receiving disability benefits.

Note: Any students applying with Indigenous Status will be exempt from the fixed rate contribution. Funding received through Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) will also be exempt. Married or common law students applying with a spouse/partner receiving disability benefits will be exempt from the spousal contribution.

Electronic Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (E-MSFAA)

Effective April 3, 2018, the Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement moved to an Electronic Process. In order to receive student loan/grant funding, new applicants requiring a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) will be required to follow an online process to:

  • confirm their identity
  • register their account with the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC)
  • complete their MSFAA online and accept the Terms and Conditions of the agreement

IMPORTANT: This process must be completed in order to receive your funding.

A MSFAA is required if a student:

  • is a first time loan or grant recipient enrolled in full-time studies;
  • previously submitted a MSFAA but have left full-time studies for two years or more; or
  • has previously received student loans and/or grants, but has since established residency in another province/territory.

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