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Part-Time Students

If you are a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador and require financial assistance to attend a post-secondary education program, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance while studying part-time.

How to Apply

By completing the part-time application and submitting the required form(s) and documentation, you will be assessed for federal and provincial financial assistance.

2019-20 Apply online opens in new window (if your program/semester starts after July 31, 2019)

Required forms and documentation:

  • 2018-19 PDF (707 KB) (if your program/semester starts after July 31, 2018)

Note: If you are applying as a student with a permanent disability, the Verification of Eligibility PDF form is required. If you required coverage for school-related services and equipment costs associated with the disability, complete the Application for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities PDF.

Note: Forms for the full-time application are NOT required for part-time applicants.

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Eligibility

To be eligible for federal financial assistance for part-time studies, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or designated as a protected person;
  • be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • be enrolled in 20 to 59 percent of a full course load;
  • be enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program that runs for at least 12 weeks within a 15-week period and is offered by a designated post-secondary educational institution;
  • maintain satisfactory grades; and
  • pass a credit check if you are 22 or older and applying for the first time.

To remain eligible for part-time assistance, you must successfully complete all courses for which funding was issued.

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Course Load Requirements

Federal loans and grants as well as provincial grants are available to students in part-time studies taking between 20% and 59% of a full course load.

Note: If you are a student with a permanent disability and you are enrolled in 40% to 59% of a full course load, you can choose to be considered a full or part-time student. Refer to Students with Permanent Disabilities for more information.

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Eligible Costs

Applications will be assessed based on the following costs (if applicable):

  • tuition including compulsory fees;
  • books and supplies;
  • transportation to and from classes;
  • childcare costs incurred to attend classes; and
  • an incidental allowance of $10 per week, per course.

Note: Applicants taking studies through correspondence or distance learning may not be assessed childcare and transportation costs, except for those periods where in-class attendance is mandatory (e.g. examinations, etc.).

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Resources

An applicant (and spouse or common law, if applicable) is required to report all family income as per Line 150 of their previous years Income Tax Return(s). The combined total family income (income before deductions) will determine eligibility for Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants.

Assistance Available

Federal Assistance Available

Canada Student Loans for Part-Time Studies

Government student loans are based on your assessed financial need. As a part-time student, you may be eligible to borrow up to $10,000 in Canada Student Loans.

There is no maximum duration of assistance for part-time students. However, the maximum loan amount you can have outstanding at any time cannot exceed $10,000.

While you are in-study, you are not required to make monthly payments on your loan, and as of January 1, 2012, the federal government pays the interest on your part-time loans until you graduate or leave post-secondary. Like full-time loans, you are not required to make payments and interest won't begin to accrue until your period of studies end date or you leave post-secondary.

Canada Student Grants for Part-Time Studies

Canada Student Grants for Part-time Studies are available for each year of post-secondary studies, provided you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and are enrolled in a part-time program that is at least 12 weeks long at a designated post-secondary institution opens in new window. This includes post-secondary studies beyond the undergraduate level. Students who apply for a loan for part-time studies and meet the grant eligibility requirements could receive one or more of the following Canada Student Grants for Part-time Studies.

Grant for Part-Time Students

Part-time students from low-income families may be eligible for up to $1,800 per academic year. The amount of the grant will not exceed your assessed need.

Example: If you have an assessed need of $800, you will receive an $800 grant.

Grant for Part-Time Students with Dependants

Part-time students from low-income families with up to two children under 12 years of age may be eligible for $40 per week of study, and part-time students with three or more children may be eligible for $60 per week of study.

Important: Part-time students with a dependant 12 years of age or older with a permanent disability may be eligible for this grant. In these cases, proof of the disability in the form of a medical certificate or documentation proving receipt of federal or provincial disability assistance is required.

Grant for Part-Time Students with Permanent Disabilities

Part-Time Students with permanent disabilities may be eligible to receive $2,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of tuition, books and accommodations. See Students with Permanent Disabilities for more information.

Grants for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Part-time students with permanent disabilities may be eligible to receive funds to help offset exceptional education-related costs related to their disability. See Students with Permanent Disabilities for more information.

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Provincial Assistance Available

Depending on your assessed need, you could receive up to $500 per semester of study in provincial grants.

NL Part-time Incentive Grant

The NL Part-time Incentive Grant provides assistance to lessen the financial burden faced by individuals wishing to continue their studies on a part-time basis. The program will complement funding available under the existing Canada Student Loans Program for Part-Time Studies.

You are eligible for the NL Part-time Incentive Grant if you:

  • are deemed eligible for the Canada Student Loan Program for Part-Time Studies, and
  • have been assessed as having $1 of need in a federal part-time loan.

The NL Part-Time Incentive Grant will be equal to the amount of assessed federal part-time loan to a maximum of $500 per semester (to a maximum of $1,000 per year). You will be automatically assessed for this grant with your application for the Canada Student Loan Program for Part-time Study.

Note: Students must be studying at a post-secondary education institution within the Province to access this funding.

Grant for High Need Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Grant for High Need Students with Permanent Disabilities provides assistance to cover education-related costs associated with a permanent disability over the amount available from the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities. See Permanent Disability for additional details.

To be considered for this grant, you must submit the Application for Grants for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities PDF (2.3 MB).

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Receiving Your Funds

For details on receiving any funds outlined above, please see Receiving Your Funds. Depending on the type of funds you are eligible to receive, you may need to follow more than one process.

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