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Monitoring the progress of your file

Analysis of your bursary application

The Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur will analyse your application and check your eligibility. You will receive a response or request for further information if any documents remain to be provided.

Transfer of applications to the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada [CMEC]

The Ministère transfers all applications received to the CMEC for the pan-Canadian bursary draw.

If you qualify, you will receive an email from the CMEC that explains how to access your personal profile on the program’s official website . You can then monitor the progress of your file and make any needed changes to your contact information.

It is important to add the CMEC email source address (explore(a)olp.cmec.ca) to your list of trusted senders.

The random draw will not yet have occurred when you receive the CMEC email. As such, there is no use in contacting us to ask when the draw will take place or to learn the results.

If you have received nothing from the CMEC by the mid of March

  1. Check to see whether the message has been spammed out by your email program.
  2. If this is not the case, call Aide financière aux études client services.
  3. If you have technical problems, contact CMEC tech support at olp-plo(a)cmec.ca.

Initial random draw (End of March)

You receive a bursary offer

  1. The educational institution will contact you by email to so inform you. There is no need to try to contact the program directors during the first week after the draw.
  2. You need to accept or decline the bursary offer.

To accept the bursary

  1. As soon as possible, send a preliminary response to the educational institution.
  2. Confirm your registration by paying the non-refundable $275 registration fee within 10 business days of the date of the institution’s email offer.

To decline the bursary

  1. Respond as soon as possible to the offer from the educational institution, stating that you have decided to decline the bursary.

To be placed on the waiting list after declining a bursary offer

  1. You need to be able to confirm that you declined a bursary offer (for example, by providing a copy of the email to the institution in which you declined the offer).
  2. Then make any required changes to your preferences in your CMEC file. Pay particular attention to changes in the “other choices” section (for example, if you have indicated “any province” or “any session,” etc.) and make sure that the school whose bursary offer you just declined is not on the list of your possible choices.

You then need to contact Aide financière aux études client services and ask to be placed on the waiting list.

You do not receive a bursary offer

1. You are wait-listed for additional draws.

Applicants who did not receive a bursary offer will be given priority in the additional draws.

Additional draws

Additional draws to fill available spots at educational institutions are held each week from among the names on the waiting list.

The steps for accepting or declining a bursary offer and going back on the waiting list are the same as those that apply to the initial draw, with the following exception:

If you are offered a bursary in an additional draw, you will have fewer than 5 days and sometimes only 24-48 hours to respond and confirm your participation in the program.

Supplementary information

Even if you decline a bursary offer, you can still apply to Explore in a later year, as long as you still meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Bursaries cannot be transferred or postponed except in exceptional, serious and unforeseeable situations. All requests of this kind must be first submitted in writing to the Québec Explore Program Coordinator. If the request is approved at this level, it will then need to be authorized by the CMEC.

If you did not receive a bursary

You may participate in an immersion program as a non-bursary student. To do this, you will need to apply to an educational institution that accepts non-bursary students . The cost may vary between approximately $2500 and $4000.