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Yukon Grant

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The Yukon Grant is available for Yukon students who are taking full-time post-secondary classes at a designated institution.

On this page you will learn about:


Eligibility

Who can apply for the Yukon Grant

Length of time you may receive the Yukon Grant

Grandfathering for students who received funding under previous legislation

Combining Yukon Grant with Student Training Allowance

Gap between secondary and post-secondary education

Receiving student financial assistance from more than one funding source

Eligibility for student financial assistance in other Canadian jurisdictions


Residency requirements for the Yukon Grant

Yukon residency definition

Filing as a Yukon resident with the Canada Revenue Agency

Maintaining your Yukon Health Care coverage

Maintaining your Yukon driver’s licence

Requirements for returning to Yukon

Absences from the territory of more than four months


Applications

How to apply

When to apply

Documents required with your application


Payments

Payment amount

Travel amount

How will I receive payments?

When will I receive payments?

Does the Yukon Grant have to be paid back?

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


Post-secondary studies

Designated Institutions: What institutions can I get funding for?

What post-secondary programs can I get funding for?

Full-time studies – what counts as full-time?

Graduate programs

Studying at two or more post-secondary institutions



Eligibility

Who can apply for the Yukon Grant

To receive the Yukon Grant, you must:

AND you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • completed 2 years of secondary school in the Yukon school system, and be resident in Yukon for the 2 years right before your classes start;
  • if you are younger than 20, have been resident in Yukon continuously since the age of 14; or
  • in any other case, have been resident in Yukon from the age of 14 to the age of 18.

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Length of time you may receive the Yukon Grant

Students can receive up to 170 weeks of funding over their lifetime, as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements.

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Grandfathering for students who received funding under previous requirements

Students funded in 2015/16 who do not meet the eligibility requirements of the new Student Financial Assistance Act  may still be eligible to receive Yukon Grant funding for the 2016/17 academic year only.

Students who have already received the maximum five years of Yukon Grant funding under the previous act will not be eligible for additional funding under the new act.

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 eight-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.

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Combining Yukon Grant with Student Training Allowance

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, Yukon Grant eligible students may receive up to 68 weeks of funding to attend full-time upgrading courses using the Student Training Allowance program.

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Gap between secondary and post-secondary education

If there is a gap between when you finish secondary schooling and when you begin post-secondary schooling, you can receive the Yukon Grant provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements.

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Receiving student financial assistance from more than one funding source

As of August 1, 2016, students may receive the Yukon Grant along with other types of student financial assistance.

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

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Eligibility for student financial assistance in other Canadian jurisdictions

You are not considered eligible for the Yukon Grant if you are eligible to apply for funding from another jurisdiction outside Yukon.

If another territory, province or country outside Yukon considers a student, their parent or other supporting person to be a resident, the student may be considered eligible to apply for student financial assistance in that jurisdiction. This may happen when a student, parent and/or other supporting person has resided outside of Yukon for a minimum of 12 months. If you are unsure, check with the Student Financial Assistance office.

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

  1. 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 likely will be eligible in the province or territory where your parents moved.

  2. If you have:
    • been out of high school for two years or more;
    • not been in full-time studies during the time you have been out of high school; and
    • lived in another province or territory for 12 months or longer.

    you likely will be eligible in the province or territory where you last lived for 12 months.

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Residency requirements for the Yukon Grant

Yukon residency definition

The Student Financial Assistance Act  states: “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”.

You must normally reside in and consider the Yukon your home. It is the place where you routinely return at the end of temporary absences. You do not always need to be physically present in the Yukon, but absences must be temporary both in time and in the sense that Yukon remains unequivocally your home. Your absence must not indicate your intention to take up residency somewhere else.

In most cases, we still consider you to be a resident of the territory while in full-time post-secondary education outside of the territory.

Generally, if you are a Yukon resident you:

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Filing as a Yukon resident with the Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency’s website provides the following advice on completing your tax return:

If on December 31, you had residential ties in more than one province or territory, use the forms book for the province or territory where you have your most important residential ties. For example, if you usually reside in Ontario but were going to school in Alberta or Quebec, use the forms book for Ontario.

If you are away from Yukon attending full-time post-secondary and consider yourself to be a Yukon resident, you should file as a Yukon resident. If you have any questions about filing your taxes when you have residential ties in more than one province, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Maintaining your Yukon Health Care coverage

See the Yukon Department of Health and Social Services’ website for instructions on how to maintain your Yukon Health Care Insurance coverage if you are studying outside the territory.

Note: As per the Health Information Privacy and Management Act , we will never ask for you to provide your Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan card or number for the purpose of proving Yukon residency.

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Maintaining your Yukon driver’s licence

If you have a valid Yukon driver’s licence, you need to check if your licence will expire while you are attending a post-secondary institution outside of the territory. See the Yukon Motor Vehicle web site for more information about renewing your Yukon driver’s licence.

Most people can keep their Yukon licence while studying outside the territory. However, each province/territory or country has its own laws. Check with the provincial/territorial government where you will be studying.

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Requirements for returning to Yukon

Your eligibility for the Yukon Grant may be affected if you do not return to the territory while you are not attending full-time post-secondary studies.

For example, if:

The Student Financial Assistance Office will ask you to confirm your residency.

Additionally, if you do not return at least once between the beginning of one school year and the next, you will not be eligible for the travel amount.

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Absences from the territory of more than four months

If you have been absent for more than four months while not in full-time studies during the two years prior to your classes commencing, you will be asked to:

If you have an absence of more than four months and cannot confirm the above, the Student Financial Assistance Office will ask you to confirm your residency. You may also have to appeal to the Student Financial Assistance Committee to be considered under Section 10 of the Student Financial Assistance Act .

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Applications

How to apply

Visit the Apply for student financial assistance page to apply for the Yukon Grant and other student financial assistance programs.

You may submit your application online or download a PDF application form that you may forward to the Student Financial Assistance office. Paper applications are also available at the Student Financial Assistance office.

You must apply each year in order to be assessed for Yukon Grant funding.

You will be required to apply more than once in a year if you:

  • change institutions;
  • withdraw or change to part-time studies then return to full-time studies within the same academic year; or
  • change programs.

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When to apply

We encourage you to apply as early as you can, as applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

You must apply each year in order to be assessed for Yukon Grant funding.

You will be required to apply more than once in a year if you:

  • change institutions;
  • withdraw or change to part-time studies then return to full-time studies within the same academic year; or
  • change programs.

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Documents required to apply

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; and
  • a signed student declaration form. You may find this form on our forms page 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 may find this form on our forms page or as part of the paper application form; and
  • if you are switching post-secondary institutions, a copy of your new letter of acceptance.

For all Yukon Grant applicants, we may also request additional documentation in order to support your application (e.g., Parent Declaration Form, Program Information Form, etc.).

Your signed student declaration form completes your application. It 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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Payments

Payment amount

For students whose programs start on or after 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 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.

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Travel Amount

Students studying outside of the territory may also be eligible for an annual travel amount of $1,500. Students from Yukon communities outside Whitehorse may also be eligible for an additional travel amount.

The travel amount is usually included with your first Yukon Grant payment.

Please note that if you do not return at least once between the beginning of one school year and the next, you will not be eligible for the travel amount.

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How will I receive payments?

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 for you to pick up.

Please note that our office will not send cheques to alternate addresses (i.e., home) for students studying in Canada, including students studying by distance education. Exceptions can be made for students studying outside Canada. If you are studying outside Canada and require an exception, please contact our office to discuss the process as additional paperwork is required.

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When will I receive payments?

We process all applications on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a portion of your payment amount at or near the beginning of your school year, and another portion near the mid-point of your school year.

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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 and there are no changes during your study period, you do not have to pay back the Yukon Grant.

If anything changes during your study period (i.e., you withdraw from your program, drop to part-time status, etc.), you may be required to pay back all or part of the Yukon Grant. In these cases, students who receive Yukon Grant funding will be invoiced for any weeks that their institution indicates they were not enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program.

For example, if you received Yukon Grant funding for a 20-week in the 2016/17 academic year, but withdrew from your program after 10 weeks, you would owe $1,350 (10 weeks x $135/week).

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

You must report the Yukon Grant funding you received on your tax return. We will send a T4A to the permanent address you provide in your application.

If you have not received a T4A for the previous year postmarked no later than February 28, please call 867-667-3555. If you have questions regarding how your T4A income will affect your tax return, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281.

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Post-secondary studies

Designated institutions: what schools are eligible?

To be eligible for the Yukon Grant, you must attend a “designated institution” as listed on the Government of Canada’s list of designated educational institutions.

If your school is not listed, please check with our Student Financial Assistance office to obtain additional information on the designation process.

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What post-secondary programs can I get funding for?

To be eligible for the Yukon Grant, you must be registered in a full-time post-secondary program at a designated institution.

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Full-time studies: What counts as full-time?

An institution must consider a student to be registered in a full-time post-secondary program in order to be considered for Yukon Grant funding. Some institutions have different rules. Please check with your institution if you are not sure.

If you are a student with a permanent disability, please check with your institution to see what supports are in place and whether you can qualify for a reduced course load and still be considered a full- time student for Yukon Grant purposes.

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Graduate degree programs

You may use Yukon Grant funding for a graduate degree program such as a Master’s degree or PhD as long as you and the program you are taking meet all of the eligibility requirements.

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Studying at two or more post-secondary institutions

You may be able to take courses at more than one institution and still be eligible for the Yukon Grant. However, written approval must be submitted to our Student Financial Assistance Office from one of these institutions indicating that you are full-time at the start of classes for your current academic year.

The institution that considers you to be a full-time post-secondary student must also be a designated institution.

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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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