Financial Aid

Canada Student Loans

The Government of Canada offers students financial assistance to make it easier to earn a post-secondary degree.  NAU Canada Online is listed on the International Master List of Designated Educational Institutions under National American University (code MPDZ).

When you apply and qualify for student financial assistance, you are automatically assessed for Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants. Government student loans are based on your assessed financial need.  Canada Student Loan amounts and eligibility are determined by the student’s province or territory.


Eligibility For Canada Student Loans:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or designated as a protected person;
  • Must be a permanent resident of a province or territory that issues Canada Student Loans (Note: The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Quebec operate their own student loan programs. Contact your provincial or territorial student financial assistance office for more information);
  • Must demonstrate financial need;
  • Must be enrolled in at least 60 percent of a full course load (40 percent for students with permanent disabilities) if you are a full-time student;
  • Must be enrolled in 20-59 percent of a full course load if you are a part-time student (if you are a student with permanent disabilities and you are studying between 40-59 percent of a full course load, you can choose to be considered a student in full or part-time studies);
  • Must be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program offered by a designated post-secondary school that runs for at least 12 weeks within a 15-week period;
  • Must pass a credit check if you are over the age of 22 and are applying for your first Canada Student Loan; and
  • Must not have exhausted your maximum lifetime limit for financial assistance (including interest-free status).


Information about Canada student loan opportunities in various provinces:

Alberta – Student Aid Alberta
Website: Student Aid Alberta Service Centre Telephone:  1-855-606-2096 (toll free in North America) TTY: 1-855-306-2240 Outside North America: 800 2 529-9242 (plus International Access Code) Hours:  Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., your local time
British Columbia – Student Aid BC
Website: StudentAid BC Phone number: 1-800-561-1818 (toll-free within Canada/US) Outside North America : 1-250-387-6100 (Outside North America) Fax: 250-356-9455 / 1-866-312-3322 (toll-free in Canada) Mailing address: Ministry of Advanced Education StudentAid BC PO Box 9173 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9H7
Manitoba – Manitoba Student Aid
Website: Manitoba Student Aid Phone number: 1-800-204-1685 (toll-free within Canada/US) TTY: 204-945-8483 (within Manitoba) / 1-866-209-0696 (within Canada/US) Fax: 204-948-3421 Mailing address: Manitoba Student Aid 401 – 1181 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3G 0T3
New Brunswick – Student Financial Services
Website:  Student Financial Services(New Brunswick) Phone number: 1-800-667-5626 (toll-free) /  506-453-2577 (Fredericton area) Fax: 506-444-4333 Mailing address: Student Financial Services P.O. Box 6000 King’s Place Room: 420, Floor: 4 Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Newfoundland and Labrador Student Financial Assistance
Website: Student Financial Services(Newfoundland and Labrador) Phone number: 1-888-657-0800 (toll-free) / 709-729-5849 Fax: 709-729-2298 Mailing address: Student Financial Services Department of Advanced Education & Skills P.O. Box 8700 Coughlan College St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
Northwest Territories – Student Financial Assistance
Website: Student Financial Assistance(Northwest Territories) Phone number: 1-800-661-0793 (toll-free) / 867-873-7190 Fax: 1-800-661-0893 (toll free) / 867-873-0336 Mailing address: Student Financial Assistance Department of Education, Culture and Employment Government of the Northwest Territories P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Nova Scotia – NS Student Assistance
Website: Student Assistance Office(Nova Scotia) Phone number: 1-800-565-8420 (toll-free within Canada) / 902-424-8420 TTY: 902-424-2058 Fax: 902-424-0540 Mailing address: Student Assistance Office P.O. Box 2290 Halifax Central Halifax, NS B3J 3C8
Nunavut – Financial Aid for Nunavut Students
Website: Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students – Department of Family Services Phone number: 1-877-860-0680 (toll-free and can be used locally)
Ontario – Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Website: OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program – Student Financial Assistance Branch Phone number: 807-343-7260 (For Ontario students attending a post-secondary institution outside Ontario) TTY: 1-800-465-3958
Prince Edward Island – Student Financial Assistance
Website: Student Financial Services(Prince Edward Island) Phone number: 902-368-4640 Fax: 902-368-6144 Mailing address: Student Financial Services 90 University Ave., Suite 212 P.O. Box 2000 Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Quebec – Financial Aid for Students
Students in Quebec are currently not eligible for Canada Student Loan funding for programs offered via distance education. Website: Quebec Student Financial Aid Phone: 1-877-643-3750
Saskatchewan – Student Financial Assistance
Website: Saskatchewan Student Loans Phone number: 1-800-597-8278 (toll-free) / 306-787-5620 (Regina area and outside Canada) Fax: 306-787-1608 Mailing address: Student Service Centre Ministry of Advanced Education 1120 – 2010 12th Avenue 0 Regina, SK S4P 0M3
Yukon – Student Financial Assistance
Website: Student Financial Services(Yukon) Phone number: 1-800-661-0408 local 5929 (toll-free within Yukon) / 867-667-5929 Fax: 867-667-8555 Mailing address: Student Financial Services Yukon Education Government of Yukon Box 2703 Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6

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