Manitoba Student Aid
Student loans are available to students through provincial and federal student aid programs. Non-repayable grants and bursaries are also available. Student loans stay interest-free for a period of six months after you complete your schooling. If you are studying full-time, you can apply online. If you are studying part-time or by distance education, you must complete a paper application. If you have not lived in Manitoba for a minimum of 12 months prior to starting school, you must apply for financial aid through your home province.
Starting in 2018-19, the Manitoba Student Aid program changed to put more money in the hands of more students. Changes include new grants for students with dependants, students with permanent disabilities and Indigenous students, they have simplified the application process. Even if you weren’t eligible for funding before, you may be now.
As a designated institution, students are eligible for government student loans. If eligible, students may receive loans, grants and/or bursaries from the Federal and Provincial Government Student Aid Program. Applications are available in early June for programs starting after August 1 in that year. Student Aid funds are not disbursed until one week prior to classes starting. Students requiring their student loan funds to pay for their tuition must ensure that all documentation is verified by Student Aid. The college can automatically deduct fees from their Government loans to pay for their tuition.
Tip: The Manitoba Student Aid application form is found at manitobastudentaid.ca. It is extremely important to remember your login and password you create for your account. You can track the progress of your student loan, change your personal information, and print documents you’ll need to complete the application process. Read all correspondence carefully, and send back all documents requested. Your financial aid won’t be processed without them. Your student aid documents will be sent to you at the address you use when you apply. Be sure to keep the Student Aid office informed of address changes.
To assess your eligibility for a student loan, check out the Student Loan Estimator provided by Government of Canada.
Visit manitobastudentaid.ca to learn more.
Out-of-province student aid
If you are receiving student aid from a province other than Manitoba, you will need to take all forms to the Financial Aid & Award Officer for processing.
Other government or band funding
Financial assistance may be available to students with a disability related to a chronic medical condition, physical or learning disability, and mental health issues through agencies such as marketAbilities, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities or CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). Please contact these agencies directly to find out more.
Indigenous students are encouraged to contact their local band authority, tribal council or regional Métis Federation office to discuss sponsorship opportunities. This funding usually consists of tuition and book costs and (in many cases) a living allowance. Typically students must submit acceptance letters from the college with their funding application, so students are encouraged to apply early for college programs.
Tuition Waiver Program
Assiniboine is a post-secondary partner with the Tuition Waiver program, which provides financial assistance to anyone who has ever been in care in the Manitoba child welfare system. For additional information or to apply, please visit futuresforward.ca.
Students who are granted a tuition waiver from Assiniboine are still responsible for costs not associated with tuition. Fees not covered are courses fees, student services fees, SA fees, Health and Dental insurance, parking, books and supplies.