Financial Aid Directory
Government Funding Programs in Quebec
Aide financière aux Études (Student Financial Assistance)
The Government of Quebec has not signed an EAPD agreement with the Federal Government, therefore post-secondary student financial aid in the province is delivered in a different fashion from elsewhere in Canada. Financial assistance for students with a disability is divided into two sections, or degrees of functionality, as described below.
Major Functional Disability
If a student is deemed to have a MFD then he or she may take a minimum of six credits per semester and still receive the financial equivalent of a full-time bursary. It is important to note that the funding is in the form of bursary, with no loan component. The amount a student may receive is determined on the same basis as all students (parental income, personal income, etc). If deemed to have a MFD then one can also apply for funding to cover special needs (note-takers, tutors, interpreters, equipment etc.)
Minor Functional Disability
If you are accepted into the system it works well and the provincial government is very efficient with refunds. Also, the limits are much more generous than in other provinces. For example deaf students can receive full funding for interpreters. Students may find more information either at the Financial Aid department of their prospective institution, or at the office of students with disabilities. If the student is transferring from CEGEP to university they do not need to be reassessed for eligibility, they simply need to request a transfer of institution (again student financial aid can do this).
For assistive devices and other equipment students should contact the relevant rehabilitation centre. For example, visually impaired students in Montreal would contact the Montreal Association for the Blind.
For more information contact:
Aide financière aux études (AFE) reception and enquiries desk
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