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IMPORTANT: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has issued 72-hour strike notice. If there is a disruption in postal service, media reports suggest that it will occur on a rotating basis and will be short term. Therefore, for now we will continue to rely on mail delivery where required, but please note process changes for the following two documents: 

  • Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) and
  • Certificates of Eligibility (COE) for part-time students

If you are holding either a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) that would normally be submitted to a designated Canada Post outlet, do NOT submit either document to a Canada Post outlet.  Instead, please follow these instructions:

  • Take document to your nearest Service Canada location, ensure you sign the document, provide your banking information and bring proper ID. Click here to find your nearest Service Canada location.
  • If no Service Canada location near you, please:
    •  Make a photocopy of two pieces of identification:  One of your social insurance number card (or a copy of your Canada Revenue Agency notice of tax assessment); AND, an official government-issued photo identification.
    • Include a personal void cheque. If you do not have a cheque, your bank or credit union can help you complete the electronic funds transfer section of the agreement.
    • Courier the MSFAA including copies of your identification and your banking information to:

      National Student Loan Service Centre
      2 Robert Speck Parkway 14th Floor
      Mississauga ON L5Z 1H8

    • As is the case with mailing costs under normal circumstances, the student is responsible for the cost of all couriering charges.
  • Do not mail or courier your documents to StudentAid BC.

Quebec, Canada, and United States government aid recipients: be sure to register for your required number of full-time McGill credits before mid-August to avoid funding delays and optimize your aid!

Federal, provincial and territorial governments offer aid for students with assessed financial need in the form of loans, grants and bursaries. 

Canadian students, including those from Quebec, apply directly to their province or territory of residence, while US students can apply for funding offered by their federal government and/or by a number of alternative loan providers. Please note that the Scholarships and Student Aid Office does not administer government aid for International students (non-US) – all related inquiries should be made directly with domestic aid agencies.

It can take 6–8 weeks for government aid applications to be processed. It is recommended that those wishing to apply, do so by June 30th (June 1st for US students) to ensure that their aid arrives in time to pay their fees.

Students experiencing delays in government aid funding should consider applying for a Tuition Payment Deferral.