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WHO ARE THE STUDENTS THAT BENEFIT FROM THE STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND?
 
Each student coming through Financial Assistance Services asking for help has a story. Those who receive financial aid from the Student Assistance Fund, do not have the means to cover the costs of basic living expenses, including educational expenses. There is no age to require financial aid. Our student population ranges from the ages of 16 to 65. They come from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Below are some examples of student profiles or situations we encounter when evaluating students seeking assistance from Financial Assistance Services:
  • 18 year-old students living on their own with no parental support: a surprisingly high percentage of parents believe that once their children reach adulthood, they are no longer responsible for them financial;
  • Students who, due to unexpected processing delays, must wait between 2 to 6 months before receiving financial assistance from the government;
  • Students who find themselves working full-time (30 to 40 hours/ week) to make ends meet while maintaining a full course load, government assistance not being nearly enough;
  • Students who had to leave their family home for their own personal survival (unstable/dangerous home environment);
  • Students whose parents have recently had to declare personal bankruptcy;
  • Students who do not receive any financial support from their parents/family because the latter do not value education;
  • Students who are in school due to loss of employment;
  • Students who are married with children and are the sole family providers;
  • Students who come from rural regions where the rate of unemployment is high, leaving them financially strapped, especially with regards to school expenses;
  • Students who live in foster care;
  • Students who have been the victims of crime or natural disasters such as theft, identity theft, fire, flood, etc.
  • Students who are the head of a single-parent family and have between one and five dependent children and do not receive family support;
  • Students that are supporting their parents financially or contributing to household expenses.