The educational institution you attend must consider you a full-time student.

If you are studying part-time and are enrolled in at least 20 course hours per month, you could be deemed a full-time student. However, you must meet one of the following requirements:  

  • be at least 20 weeks pregnant This hyperlink will open in a new window.
  • have a recognized major functional disability
  • have a serious mental or physical health disorder that occurs irregularly and prevents you from pursuing your studies full-time for more than one month
  • be a single parent and live with your child who is under age 12 as of September 30 of the award year, that is, the year for which you are applying
  • live with at least one child (yours or your spouse’s) who is under age 6 as of September 30 of the year for which you are applying
  • live with at least one child (yours or your spouse's) who has a major functional disability or a mental health disorder This hyperlink will open in a new window.    
  • be a participant in the Réussir program

Major functional disability

Recognized major functional disabilities are:

  • Severe visual impairment  
  • Severe hearing impairment  
  • A motor or organic impairment that causes significant and persistent limitations

To have your situation recognized, submit a Medical Certificate – Student - Major Functional Disabilities This hyperlink will open in a new window. completed by your doctor and attach the Application for Direct Deposit This hyperlink will open in a new window..

To declare a major functional disability or mental health disorder of a dependent child, you must complete the Medical Certificate – Student’s Dependent Child This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Serious mental or physical health desorder

A serious episodic mental or physical health disorder, which occurs irregularly, can temporarily make you unable to pursue your full-time studies. To have your situation recognized, you must submit a Medical Certificate This hyperlink will open in a new window., completed and signed by a doctor.

Last update: November 25, 2021

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