Although the CEGEP system is tuition free, there are costs associated with education. The government loans and bursaries program addresses the needs-based problems associated with continuing post-secondary studies.
Applications are available online at www.afe.gouv.qc.ca under ‘Online Services’.
As of the 2015/16 academic year, students will be able to submit all supporting documents electronically to their file. This service will speed up the calculation process significantly. If you have not been issued a Quebec Ministry of Education permanent code you must fill in the application on paper and mail all supporting documents with the application. This process can take up to 8 weeks for processing. Paper application can be found at the Financial Aid Office of any educational institution or you can print them off the ‘Forms’ section of the AFE web page.
Are you eligible?
Students following an AEC program are eligible for funding through the Quebec Loans and Bursaries program. AEC programs are offered throughout the calendar year and therefore the program may straddle 2 application years. Financial aid follows the academic year of September 1 to August 31. Forms for financial aid become available in the spring before the session begins. You can submit an application at anytime through your program of study. The application process can take up to 8 weeks for processing, so we recommend that students start the process early. You do not have to be accepted into your program to submit an application for financial assistance but you will not receive funding until you are registered. Students must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Convention refugee AND a resident of Quebec, in order to receive funding. The calculation is based on family situation and income. This includes the students income for the current tax year and parental or spousal income for the previous tax year.
How does it work?
Once the Ministry calculates your allocation, you would then print your Certificate of Guarantee from your AFE file and bring it to your financial institution to start your direct deposit.. All communication from the Ministry at this point will be through your AFE file.
What services does our office offer?
- Commissioner of oaths
- Verification of documents
- Review application before submission