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Yukon Grant FAQs

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What is considered full-time studies?

What if I’m taking courses at two different institutions? 

How long does my program need to be? 

What does post-secondary mean? 

What is a designated institution? 

Can I use the Yukon Grant for a master’s degree program? 

I have been away at private school for the past two years. Can I still qualify? 

I would like to take a break between high school and post-secondary. Will I still be eligible for the Yukon Grant? 

How long can I continue to receive the Yukon Grant? 

How much is the Yukon Grant? 

How do I apply? 

When should I apply for the Yukon Grant? 

What documents do I need to include with my Yukon Grant application? 

I’ve applied for funding from other sources, too. Can I receive other funding and still qualify for the Yukon Grant? 

When will I receive the Yukon Grant payments? 

How is the Yukon Grant paid?

Do I have to return to Yukon during school breaks in order to remain eligible for the Yukon Grant? 

Does the Yukon Grant have to be paid back? 

Do I have to report the Yukon Grant income on my tax return?

How do I know if I am a resident?

How do I know if I'm eligible to apply for student financial assistance from another jurisdiction outside of Yukon?

What happens if I previously received student financial assistance under the old eligibility requirements? 


What is considered full-time studies?
In most cases, students are considered to be studying full-time if enrolled in 9 credits or more, or 60% of a full course load. Some institutions have different rules – check with your institution if you are not sure. If you are a student with a permanent disability, and your school recognizes you as such, you may be allowed a reduced course load and still be considered a full-time student for Yukon Grant purposes. 

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What if I’m taking courses at two different institutions?

You can take courses at more than one institution and still be eligible for the Yukon Grant, as long as you are considered a full-time student at one of the institutions.  The institution that considers you to be a full-time student must also be a designated institution. 

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How long does my program need to be?
Your program must run for at least 12 weeks.

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What does post-secondary mean?
Usually, post-secondary studies lead to a certificate, diploma or degree, although there are exceptions. In order to be eligible for the Yukon Grant, however, you must be registered in a program that leads to a certificate, diploma or degree. In most cases, upgrading classes, bridging programs and basic adult education classes are not considered post-secondary. General studies, open studies and unclassified studies will only be considered if they lead directly to a certificate, diploma or degree. If you are not sure about your program, check with your institution or our office.

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What is a designated institution?
If an institution is designated for Yukon Grant purposes, it has gone through a review and has proven that it meets the requirements of the Government of Yukon’s Designation Policy for Post-Secondary Institutions. You can find a list of designated institutions at www.canlearn.ca. If your institution is not listed, please check with our office – we can provide you with additional information regarding the designation process.

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Can I use the Yukon Grant for a master’s degree program? 
Yes, provided you and the program you are taking meet all of the eligibility requirements.

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I have been away at private school for the past two years. Can I still qualify?
Students who are absent from Yukon for educational purposes are usually still considered to be residents of the territory provided their parent(s) reside in Yukon during the student's absence. Please check with our office to find out if your situation qualifies.

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I would like to take a break between high school and post-secondary. Will I still be eligible for the Yukon Grant?
Taking a break after high school is usually okay, provided you continue to meet Yukon Grant eligibility requirements.   

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How long can I continue to receive the Yukon Grant?
Students can receive up to 170 weeks of funding over their lifetime, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements. Students who are eligible for both the Yukon Grant and Student Training Allowance are eligible for a total of 170 weeks of funding combined. For example, if you use 34 weeks of your Student Training Allowance, you will have 136 weeks of funding left for either the Yukon Grant or Student Training Allowance.

In addition, students may receive an additional 68 weeks of funding under the Student Training Allowance to obtain the necessary high school courses to enter into post-secondary education.

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How much is the Yukon Grant?
For students whose programs start August 1 2016, the Yukon Grant will be calculated on a weekly basis. For the 2016/17 academic year, the Yukon Grant will pay $135 per week of study. You will still receive the Yukon Grant in lump sum payments.

For example, if you study from September 5 to April 30, your school year is 34 weeks long. The calculation is 34 weeks x $135 per week = $4,590. You will receive a portion of that amount at or near the beginning of your school year, and another portion near the mid-point of your school year.

There will also be an airfare amount of $1,500 available to students who are studying outside the territory. Students from Yukon communities outside Whitehorse are also eligible for an additional travel amount. The airfare amount is usually included with your first Yukon Grant payment.

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How do I apply?
Visit our Apply for Student Financial Assistance page to apply online or to download a PDF Application for Student Financial Assistance that you may forward to the Student Financial Assistance office. Paper applications are also available at the Student Financial Assistance office.   

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When should I apply for the Yukon Grant?
The deadline date for our office to receive your Yukon Grant application, including your signed student declaration form, is six weeks after the start date of classes; however, we encourage you to apply as early as you can, as applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. You must re-apply each year in order to continue to receive Yukon Grant funding. 

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What documents do I need to include with my Yukon Grant application?
If you are applying for the Yukon Grant for the first time, you must include:
  •  a copy of your high school transcript
  •  a copy of the letter of acceptance from the school you plan to attend
  •  a signed student declaration form. You will find this form online at http://www.education.gov.yk.ca/student-funding-forms.html, or as part of the paper application form.

If you have applied for the Yukon Grant before, you must include:
  • a signed student declaration form. You will find this form online at http://www.education.gov.yk.ca/continued/student_financial_assistance.html, or as part of the paper application form.
  • if you are switching institutions, a copy of your new letter of acceptance.

Your signed student declaration completes your application and must be received by our office by six weeks after the start date of your classes. The deadline date for all other required documents is the end date of your classes for the academic year. Please note that your application can be processed only once all documents have been received.

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I’ve applied for funding from other sources, too. Can I receive other funding and still qualify for the Yukon Grant?
Yes, you can. Starting August 1 2016, students may receive the Yukon Grant and other types of funding.

Exception: If you are eligible to apply for student financial assistance in another jurisdiction outside Yukon, you may not be eligible for the Yukon Grant. If you are unsure, please check with our office. 

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When will I receive the Yukon Grant payments?
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you apply at least 6 weeks before your classes start, and your application is complete, we do our best to have your first Yukon Grant payment at your school by the time classes begin. 

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How is the Yukon Grant paid?
Once your application is approved, we will mail a letter to you outlining the amount you can expect. We then mail your Yukon Grant cheque to the financial aid office at your institution, where you can pick it up. 

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Do I have to return to Yukon during school breaks in order to remain eligible for the Yukon Grant? 
You do not have to return to Yukon during school breaks, including summer, in order to remain eligible for the Yukon Grant; however, if you do not return at least once between the beginning of one school year and the next, you may not be eligible for the airfare/travel amount. 

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Does the Yukon Grant have to be paid back? 
As long as you are eligible to have received it in the first place, the Yukon Grant does not have to be paid back. If you withdraw from your program or drop to part-time status, you may be required to pay back all or part of the Yukon Grant.

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Do I have to report the Yukon Grant income on my tax return?
A T4A will be sent to the permanent address you provide in your application. If you have not received a T4A for the previous year by February 28, please call 867-667-3555. If you have questions regarding how your T4A income will affect your tax return, please contact Revenue Canada at 1-800-959-8281.

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How do I know if I am a Yukon resident?
The Student Financial Assistance Act states that “A student is resident in Yukon only if, in the settled routine of their life, they make their home, reside and are ordinarily present in Yukon”.

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How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for student financial assistance from another jurisdiction outside of Yukon?
If another territory, province or country outside Yukon considers a student to be residing there or because their parent or other supporting person is resident there, they may be considered to be eligible to apply for student financial assistance in that jurisdiction. This may happen when a student and/or parent has resided outside of Yukon for a minimum of 12 months. If you are unsure, check with our office.

The following are examples of situations where you may be eligible for funding in another jurisdiction:

a) If your parents move away from Yukon and live in another province or territory for at least 12 months, and you:

• finished high school less than four years ago, and you have been in full-time studies since leaving high school, or
• you finished high school less than two years ago, and you have not been in full-time studies since leaving high school

then you will most likely be eligible in the province or territory where your parents moved.

b) If you have been out of high school for two years or more, and during that time you have not been in full-time studies, and you have lived in another province or territory for 12 months or longer, you will most likely be eligible in the province or territory where you last lived for 12 months. 

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What happens if I previously received student financial assistance under the old eligibility requirements?
Students who have already received the five years of Yukon Grant funding under the previous act will not be eligible for additional Yukon Grant funding.

Students who have not yet reached the five year maximum will have their previous assistance evaluated to determine their eligibility going forward, based on the new 170 week lifetime maximum:

  • For students who received funding for a typical 8-month academic year, that academic year will be calculated as 34 weeks.
  • For students who received funding on a per semester basis, each semester will be calculated as 17 weeks.
  • For students who received funding on a quarterly basis, each quarter will be calculated as 12 weeks.

Students who received Yukon Grant funding in 2015/16 but are no longer eligible under the new requirements may be eligible for funding for one additional academic year.

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Contact - Student Financial Assistance

Advanced Education
Yukon Education

Mail:
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6

In person:
1000 Lewes Blvd, Whitehorse, Yukon

Phone: 867-667-5929 Fax: 867-667-8555
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5929
Email: sfa@gov.yk.ca

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