Benefits and additional amounts


Help during your studies

Topping up your loans and bursaries


Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for Loans and Bursaries Program measures aimed at topping up your financial assistance or helping you during your studies.

You can submit all applications and documents for the measures explained below directly to our office. We will process them and update your financial assistance file as quickly as possible.

It usually takes us one to two weeks to process applications received at our office (except during high-volume periods).

Help during your studies

Students with children

If you have at least one child under your care, you can be enroled for as little as 6 credits per session and be deemed a full-time student.

  • Students with spouses: your child must be under 6 years old on September 30 of the school year for which you are requesting financial assistance
  • Single-parent students: your child must be under 12 years old on September 30 of the school year for which you are requesting financial assistance

You must declare your children in your application for financial assistance. If your situation changes during the school year, fill out the Declaration of Change form in Online Services. You’ll be able to upload it and add your children’s birth certificates. You can also bring them to our office and we’ll add them to your file.

Students with major functional disabilities (MFDs)

If you have a major functional disability (MFD), you can be enroled for as little as 6 credits per session and be deemed a full-time student. To have your MFD recognized, your doctor will need to fill out the form. You’ll find all the details on having an MFD recognized on the Aide financière aux études site.

Topping up your loans and bursaries

Students who have earned 90 credits or a bachelor’s degree

Your parents’ income could be excluded from the calculations used to determine your loan and bursary amounts if one of the following situations applies:

  • You are continuing your studies in a program of over 90 credits and have already earned 90 credits in the program and completed 3 years of university
  • You have a bachelor’s degree

To have your financial independence recognized for one of the above reasons, fill out the following form:

Form

We will process your request and update your loans and bursaries file.

Students with practicums outside the region

If you complete a short practicum (less than 3 months) for credit and as a program requirement outside of the Québec City area or abroad and need to live away from your usual place of residence (and not at your parents’ house if you go back where they live) to do so, you could receive a practicum subsidy. This measure is mostly aimed at students who already receive bursaries in addition to loans.

To receive a subsidy, you’ll need to fill out the Student Practicums form and the Attestation de stage à l’extérieur de la région de Québec. The latter needs to be signed by your faculty’s practicum coordinator. The two forms need to be brought together to our office so that we can review your application and update your file.

Students with medication expenses or eyeglasses or contact lenses

If you need to pay for medication or eyeglasses or contact lenses for you or your children, you may qualify for a reimbursement.

  • Reimbursements are for prescription medications only, and only for the portion not covered by insurance (RAMQ or private). There is a $16 monthly deductible
    Eyeglasses and contact lenses will be reimbursed up to $185 per person (you or your child) and can be claimed once every two years

To claim these expenses, bring your receipts to our office. We will process your request and update your file.

Students studying part-time during the summer

If you usually receive loans and bursaries and will be studying part-time during the summer, the amount of your financial contribution considered for the following year may be reduced and mignt lead to a rise of your financial aid. If you will be studying part-time during the summer:

When you fill out your next financial assistance application, check  “Yes” in the section “Part-time studies pursued prior to start of full-time studies” and enter the information about the courses you took.

If you’ve already submitted your application and think you may be eligible for this measure, contact us.

Students with summer jobs outside the region where their parents reside

If you usually receive loans and bursaries for which the financial contribution of your parents is considered, and you have a summer job away from home (outside the region where your parents reside), the amount of your financial contribution considered for the following year may be reduced, leading to a possible rise of your financial aid.

If this applies to you:

  • When you fill out your application, check “Yes” in the section Financial Resources – Employment held prior to start of full-time studies and enter the required information, including your employer’s name and address
  • If you’ve already submitted your application and think you may be eligible for this option, contact us.

Students who are at least 20 weeks pregnant

If you are at least 20 weeks into a pregnancy, you may be eligible for additional financial assistance.

For this, you will need to fill out the Attestation of Pregnancy form, have it signed by an authorized health professional, and submit it to our office so that we can review your application and update your file.