The NWT’s Student Financial Assistance (SFA) program will still be offered for all students pursuing post-secondary education in the fall, including online education.
The program “will continue to provide full benefits to students attending post-secondary studies in person or online” said Jacqueline McKinnon, spokesperson for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE).
Universities and colleges across Canada – including Aurora College – plan to offer most, and in some cases all of their courses online in the fall as a precaution amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Students applying for financial assistance for full-time post-secondary studies starting between Aug. 16 and Sept. 30 have until June 30 to submit their applications, according to the ECE.
If their academic year begins in January, the deadline is Oct. 31.
ECE has worked to reduce the need for in-person interactions and after students submit their applications they can receive further assistance over the phone, said McKinnon.
“SFA funding continued for the remainder of all students’ winter semesters, and for those repaying loans, the payment deferral remains in place until the end of September 2020, with no interest accrued during this time,” she added.