56. A student is eligible for financial assistance in the form of a loan for the following length of time:
(1) 35 months at the secondary level, in vocational training;
(2) 42 months at the college level, for technical studies;
(3) 33 months at the college level, for pre-university studies;
(4) 39 months at the undergraduate university level;
(5) 31 months at the master’s level;
(6) 47 months at the doctoral level.
Despite the foregoing, if the duration of the course of study pursued by the student, to which a period of 15 months is added, exceeds the number of months of eligibility determined under the first paragraph, the student’s eligibility period for financial assistance in the form of a loan is the period corresponding to the number of months so obtained.
In addition, a student pursuing studies at the university level cannot receive financial assistance in the form of a loan for more than 88 months and, if the student is not enrolled in a course of study, for more than 8 months in each cycle.
Professional training courses and examinations dispensed by a professional order governed by the Professional Code (chapter C-26) or by a school under its control to a student who has obtained the undergraduate university degree necessary to enrol in the courses and sit for the examinations are considered to be university studies at the master’s level.
A student who is eligible for financial assistance in the form of a loan for the first month in the year of allocation remains eligible for such financial assistance for all the other months in the year of allocation.
If a student is deemed to pursue studies recognized by the Minister or the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports on a full-time basis pursuant to section 46 or the first paragraph of section 10 of the Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses (chapter A-13.3), the number of months for which the student is eligible for financial assistance is taken into account in proportion to the time during which the student is pursuing studies.
O.C. 344-2004, s. 56; S.Q. 2013, c. 28, s. 190.