Financial Support for Students During COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

The government released several emergency financial support options for students during the pandemic. The benefits are geared towards recent high-school and post-secondary graduates, and post-secondary students who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

As a way to encourage students to get more active in their communities in response to national service activities, this grant is offering up to $5000. The CSSG will
go towards post-secondary education costs in the fall.

More details will be released on the website. For how to apply for a national service activity as a student, eligibility, and different levels of funding within the grant, keep an eye out for the “I Want Help” platform in the weeks to come.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The CESB is available to students and new graduates not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). 

The benefit payment includes:

  • $1,250 for each 4-week period
  • $2,000 for each 4-week period if you have dependants or have a disability

Visit the CESB page to see if you qualify.

International Students

On April 23, the government removed restrictions for international students that prevents them from working up to 20hrs per month while classes are in session. With the temporary measures, students are able to work longer hours in essential services like:

  • health care 
  • critical infrastructure 
  • the supply food and goods industry 

Student Financial Assistance for Fall 2020

Canada Student Loans Programs were made more flexible in recognition of the economic impacts to students during the pandemic. Eligibility requirements were loosened for
2020-21 to allow more students to qualify for supports and be eligible for greater amounts, including doubling the non-repayable Canada Student Grants for full and part time students, as well as for students with disabilities and students with dependents, in the coming academic year.

For more information on student grants visit the Canada Student Grants page on Campus Access.