Canada Student Loan - COVID-19

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Canada Student Loan - COVID-19

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Spring 2020 suspension of repayment

To support student and apprentice loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada put the following measures in place from March 30 to September 30, 2020:

  • suspension of repayments of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans
    • no payments are required on student and apprentice loans during this time
    • pre-authorized debits will be stopped
  • no interest will accrue on student and apprentice loans

These measures will provide relief to nearly 1 million CSLP borrowers in repayment.

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Fall 2020 to 2021 support for post-secondary students

Changes to Canada Student Grants and Loans have been introduced so students facing financial challenges from COVID-19 can access and afford post-secondary education.

Pending government approvals, the new measures will come into effect on August 1, 2020 and be available to students for 1 year.

Doubling of Canada Student Grant amounts

In response to increased need for the coming 2020 to 2021 school year, the maximum amount of Canada Student Grants will be doubled.

The Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students will increase up to a maximum of $6,000 and the grant for part-time studies to $3,600. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependants will also be doubled.

Find more information on the Canada Student Grants and Loans.

Exemption from student and spousal contribution

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, students will not be required to make their fixed student contribution; no spousal contribution would be required either.

This will ensure that more students with need can qualify for more financial support.

Increasing the cap on Canada Student Loans

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, the weekly maximum loan limit will increase from $210 to $350.

Where to apply

Apply for the latest measures with your province or territory of residence.