Is Career Training Right For You?
Take the Quiz!

How to Apply for Student Loans in Manitoba

Table of contents


    esidents across Canada, including Manitoba, have an advantage when it comes to pursuing higher education, and that is being able to apply for student loans and receive the funding they need to achieve their goals. 

    There are a variety of options available to people from Manitoba including loans, scholarships, bursaries, grants, and more that can financially help you on your journey when you decide to take post-secondary education. This is through Manitoba Student Loans (MSA) services. 

    In this blog, we’ll go over how you can apply for student funding as a resident of Manitoba whether you’re a part-time or full-time student attending college or university. You can also get additional information on how to get student loans in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan

    Let’s get into it: 

    How to Apply for Funding as a Full-Time Student 

    If you’re a full-time student, the first thing you will need to do is create a Manitoba Student Aid account and begin to submit your online application through your login. Before you do so, find out if you check all the boxes and are eligible to receive a loan

    Through the application, they will automatically check if you’re eligible for bursaries, grants, loans, and more. This process usually takes about one to two weeks to assess your application if all the required information is present. MSA suggests you apply early in order to avoid delays. 

    When your application is fully assessed, you will receive an email as a notification that will prompt you to check your account on the online portal. The ‘My Award Information’ section will show you how the avenues on how your funding came together and ‘My Assessment Details’ shows how your funding was calculated. It is then released at both the beginning and midpoint of your program. 

    You then need to submit all the required information and documentation, which may take about four to six weeks. It is listed under ‘My Required Information’ and the documents must be processed before a confirmation of enrollment is requested. It must be submitted 45 days before the period of study end date. 

    Once the documents are processed including the confirmation of enrollment, the funding will then directly go to your school to pay the tuition costs and other monetary funds will be entered into your bank account. This may take one to two weeks. If the college or university that you are or will be attending is outside of Canada, the entire funds will go directly into your bank account. 

    Learn about more options on how you can pay for your post-secondary education

    How to Apply for Funding as a Part-Time Student 

    To get funding as a part-time student, you will need to fill out a paper application instead of an online form. The Part-Time Canada Student Grant and Loan Application must be mailed to or dropped off at a Manitoba Student Loan office. Addition documentation includes:

    • A copy of your previous year’s tax return’s Income Tax Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency.
    • A copy of your Permanent Resident Card if you are a permanent resident of Manitoba.
    • If you selected Protected Person, a copy of a valid Protected Persons Status Document, OR a copy of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada's Notice of Decision document, OR a copy of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Verification of Status document.
    • For future applications, a copy of your academic transcript.

    Once your documents are received and your application has been processed, you will get an email to notify you to check your information online. The information tabs are the same as mentioned in the full-time section above. The process for sending additional information and release of the funding is also the same as full-time applicants. 

    The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative

    The provincial government of Manitoba matches many private donations that schools receive from donors, where they donate 1 government dollar for every 2 private dollars that have been donated. This adds up to about 10 million dollars to schools a year from the government. 

    Schools then turn this money into scholarships, grants, and bursaries for students that they do not have to pay back. About 30 million dollars will be available to students in the year. To discover the scholarships and bursaries available at your school, contact them directly. 

    Student Loan Consolidation 

    The Manitoba government is in the ongoing process of integrating the provincial loans from the Manitoba Student Aid program with the  Canada Student Financial Assistance Program (CSFA Program). Soon, student loans will be managed entirely by the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC). Planned changes to student loans have taken effect as of July 4th, 2022. Pre-existing loans will be managed by MSA until April 2023. 

    You can also learn more about how to pay back your student loans

    Looking for a post-secondary program?

    The key aspect of applying for student aid is making sure that you have a post-secondary program and an institution that you’re interested in, and have already applied for and gained acceptance. 

    With ABM College, you can discover diploma programs that are right for you. Eligible for Manitoba Student Aid, ABM College offers various courses in healthcare, business, and technology to give you a bright future with an education that gets you hired. Fast-track your education and graduate in less than a year with our programs curated for practical training. 

    Contact us today for more information or read more articles on our blog for the latest industry trends and information. 

    A student writing on their notebook.

    Free College
    Information Kit

    Get started on the road to becoming an ABM College graduate today with our free information kit. In it, you will learn about all of the exciting programs we offer, our philosophy, information about our campuses, and lots more.

    Note: For students requiring a study permit, please see our International Students form here.

    Thank you! Your submission has been received!
    Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.