National, Provincial, Private & Federal Government Student Loan Programs
Getting a higher education is one of the most important things you can do to qualify for a satisfying and rewarding career. But tuition fees are high, there are many other expenses involved - in Canada you can get government student loans as well as private student loans. Government student loans are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain because of the high public demand and priority but private student loans providers, banks and other credit non-banking companies have make it easy for the general public to be benefited without wasting of time and hope.
Whether you are a student or a parent of the student, this article is written according to the Government policies of Canada for the Canadian student loans on the bases of private and government loan works.
The basic principle of the Canada Student Loan Program is that the responsibility for the costs of post-secondary education rests primarily with the student and his/her spouse or parents (where applicable). You must apply for the assistance every year.
One of the responsibilities as a student signing a Certificate of Eligibility is to pay it back in the prescribed time.
Government Student Loans / Federal Student Loans
Canadian students are normally eligible for loans provided by the federal government through the Canada Student Loans Program, in addition to loans provided by their province of residence. Students are eligible for loans either they are getting full-time or a part-time studies but there is a significant difference in between both, as a part-time student you have to make interest payments while in study and begin payments of principal and interest when you cease to be a part-time student, and on the other hand Loans issued to full-time students are interest free. Moreover, with the permanent disabilities or students from low-income families are also eligible for the grants while getting post-secondary education.
Canada Student Loans (CSL) are subject to the province of your residence and Students must apply for the Canadian and provincial loans through their province. Moreover, loans issued through provincial loan programs will normally provide students with enough funding to cover the balance of their assessed need. Students under full-time study can get up to $210 per week or 60% of the student's assessed need per the loan year that is from August 1 to July 31 and on the other hand part-time students can get at one time, maximum loans of up to $4,000. Moreover, all Canadian students may also be eligible for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Bursary (CMS Grant), and other financial assistance and grants provided by their province of residence.
Private Student Loans
In Canada student loan debt is also provided by the private financial companies, charter banks and other credit institutions with lower and higher interest rates beside the federal government student loans, provincial and other territory student loans, and specially if you are getting into a professional program like medicines and other which requires more funds, then there is a possibility of getting loans from private financial institutions with lower interest rates and as well as interest free loans from the government at the same time because private loans do not count against government loans and grants.
For A Student Loan! How Am I Categorized?
You are considered to be a Single Dependent Student unless you meet one of the other categories as explained below. Single dependent students are considered to be financially dependent on their parent, guardian, sponsor or other supporting relative.
You are a Single Independent Student if you have been out of high school for four years; or, if you have been in the labor force full-time for two twelve consecutive month periods; or, you have no parent, guardian, sponsor, or supporting relative; or you were previously identified as a married or single parent student.
You are a Married Student if you are either married, or in a common-law relationship (residing together for at least one year).
You are a Single Parent Student if you have separated, divorced, widowed or never married; and you have legal, physical custody and responsibility for supporting a child or children.
Conditions To Be Met:
To apply for this loan:
You must be taking post-secondary level studies.
You must be taking at least 60% of a full course load.
Your course has to be at least 12 weeks long within a time frame of 15 consecutive weeks.
You have to be attending an approved institution.
Your course must be leading towards a degree, diploma, or certificate.
You must maintain a satisfactory scholastic standing.
You can not receive Canada Student Loan funding from another Province or Territory.
What Must Accompany My Loan Application?
There may be several documents that you must submit with your application. Please refer to the summary listed in the application form and ensure that any of the documents that apply to you are attached or have been requested to be submitted by the loan provider.
For more updated information and guide line about this student line of credit, you may also go directly to Canadian Federal Student Loan Program website 2.