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Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit are open

Posted on: May 15, 2020

As part of the federal government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan, applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) are open (as of May 15, 2020). The CESB provides financial support to current post-secondary students, and graduating post-secondary students, and graduating high school students who are experiencing challenges related to COVID-19.

The CESB provides a payment of $1,250 for a four-week period. Students who qualify for the program may be eligible for up to four payments, covering sixteen weeks total between May and August 2020. Students with dependants or a disability may qualify for a payment of $2,000.

You cannot apply for the CESB if you have already applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance

Current, graduating, and incoming students can apply for the CESB using CRA My Account or by calling 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. If you are calling one of the toll-free lines, be prepared with your Social Insurance Number and postal code.

For more information and to determine your eligibility, please visit the CESB website.

Other Financial Aid Questions?  Contact a Concordia Financial Aid Advisor by email at finaid@concordia.ab.ca or visit the Financial Aid & Awards webpage.