Question by Quest.Mental.Elevation: Quebec Student Aid dilemma..?? Please Read Details?
People, I’m studying two courses part time (sept to Dec 2009) with no loan or bursary in a 10 course certificate programme at mcgill. I’ve applied for quebec financial aid against january when I’ve registered for a 12 credit (4 courses) full time course which ends. That is still being processed. However, I now intend to move to a film school in BC from June and will need financial aid (in the maximum range as the school is in the range of $ 30000CAD). My dilemma is:
1 – Though I will be on quebec student aid from Jan to April, will i be eligible to apply against a granted admission into the film school against June??
2- Will the maximum threshold of a loan and bursary I could be offered be affected by applying for quebec financial aid, while studying on one? (albeit the fact that the first course ends in April and other in another province starts in June)
Point to note is that though I will not be finishing the certificate programs (as I’ll have 4 courses pending), I’ll be gaining valuable knowledge and have till 2012 to round it up; meanwhile the chance to pursue this film production course, which is a dream of mine, is unequivocally commencing in June.
Any mature and relevant answers are most welcome! Thanks
Answer by SteveN
You need to speak with someone in McGill Student Aid about this.
First, I believe that when you transfer out of the province, any funds you are receiving will stop if payments were given to you in installments. The Ministry of Education for Quebec will not pay your bills while you are in BC….That’s the BC education ministry’s job.
Since you are going to continue your education elsewhere, I do not believe that your Quebec student loan will immediately become due, unless they gave you a one payment lump sum, and suddenly after 2-3 months you leave the province taking the money with you.
And will it affect how much you can obtain from BC? That I have no idea, but it is entirely possible, especially if you have to disclose your finances to them to qualify for the loan in BC. I would expect that they will be able to see how much you have on outstanding loans along with any declared income. If Quebec gave you $ 20K loan for schooling, then you move to BC and apply for $ 20K from them, they may say “What is going on here?”.
But for the most accurate information, I would strongly recommend you review your situation with one of the counselors in Student Aid, as they can be very helpful. I have attached the link below for their address, email and phone number.
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