Financial aid for students

Important information

For each semester at Cégep à distance, you are allowed a maximum of six months to complete assignments and a maximum of three months to write exams following the correction date of your final assignment. Financial aid never exceeds six payments per semester, however. You should keep this in mind when making your budget and study plans.

A successful financial aid application does not automatically mean you will be admitted to full-time studies. Your academic record must also meet Cégep à distance admission requirements.

If you do not meet these conditions and you are enrolled part-time (at least two courses in a DCS/DEC or ACS/AEC program), you can only receive a loan to cover your tuition fees, as well as childcare costs, if applicable. In this case, you will have to complete a financial assistance form for part-time students.

Eligibility conditions

You can apply for student financial assistance if you are a Québec resident and you do not have the financial resources to pursue your studies. You must also be registered for at least four courses or 180 teaching hours, in a DCS/DEC or ACS/AEC program (in other words, you must be a full-time student).
Some part-time students may also be eligible for student financial assistance. For example, if you are registered for at least two courses in a DCS/DEC or ACS/AEC program and you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are the head of a single-parent family and you live with your child who is under the age of 12 on September 30 or you live with your child who is under the age of 21 on September 30 and who is either in school or has a major functional or mental disability.
  • You have a spouse and you live with a child (yours or your spouse’s) who is under the age of 6 on September 30.
  • You live with a child (yours or your spouse’s) who is under the age of 21 on September 30 and who is either in school or has a major functional or mental disability.
  • You are at least 20 weeks pregnant.
  • You have a major functional disability.

Note that students who enroll to an Attestation of Collegial Studies program (ACS) at Cégep à distance are not eligible for a scholarship, and will only receive financial assistance in the form of a loan.

To learn more about eligibility conditions for student financial assistance, please refer to the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (Ministère) website at


Financial aid forms can be found on the student financial aid website at:

For further information

You can get more information about financial aid from:

A resource person at Cégep à distance,
Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Montréal: 514-864-6464, enter 8, then 5
Other regions: 1-800-665-6400, enter 8, then 5

Ministère Student Financial Aid:
Montréal: 514-864-3557
Québec City: 418-643-3750
Other regions: 1-877-643-3750

Ministère Interactive Financial Aid Service:
Québec City: 418-646-4505
Other regions: 1-888-345-4505

Ministère Financial Aid Website:

Questions and answers about student financial assistance

How can I apply for student financial assistance?

You can apply:

We strongly recommend that you use the on-line service, since the processing time is much faster than for paper forms.

When should I apply for student financial assistance?

The processing time of your application varies depending on its complexity and the number of applications we receive. No forms or other documents related to a financial assistance application for the current year will be accepted after March 31 of the next year, except in cases of force majeure, which the student must prove.

What is the best time to register if I am on a student loan?

We strongly suggest that you apply at the beginning of the fall and winter sessions, in order to stay in rhythm with the financial assistance calendar. Cégep à distance accepts applications for admission throughout the semesters. To know the dates of the autumn and winter semesters, see Registration periods. Whenever you apply, you will always have six months to complete your assignments. Before you register for another full-time session, you must complete all of your courses from the previous session. Once all of your assignments have been corrected, please contact a Cégep à distance academic advisor to determine the best time to register for your next session. To receive your loan and/or bursary payments for the winter session, you must register for that session. If you are admitted with conditions, you must meet the conditions before you can register again.

What are the conditions for receiving loan and bursary payments?

You must be registered to receive loan or bursary payments. The loan or the first instalment of the bursary will be issued to you when you register for the fall session.
For further information, please contact the Student Financial Assistance Service at 418-643-3750 for the Québec City region or 1 877 643-3750 for elsewhere in the province. If you have already applied for financial assistance, you may contact one of these interactive services: 514-864-4505 for Montréal, 418-646-4505 for Québec City and 1-888-345-4505 for elsewhere in Québec or