As of award year 2012-2013, you will no longer be able to apply for recognition of the cost of purchasing a computer under the Loans and Bursaries Program.
However, you have until December 31, 2012 to submit for award year 2011-2012. The cost of a computer purchased between May 1, 2011 and up to 60 days of the payment of your supplementary loan could be recognized if you meet the conditions of eligibility.
How to submit your application for 2011-2012
- Apply for recognition of the cost of purchasing your desktop or laptop computer.
If you qualified under the Loans and Bursaries Program for award year 2011-2012 and have not previously benefitted from financial assistance for the cost of purchasing a computer, you can apply on-line. Go to Your On-Line Services, click on On-Line Access to Your File. Fill out the Identification section and click on Full-time forms. Then click on the Declaration of change form link and fill out the Computer equipment purchase assistance application section.
- Follow the rules governing the acquisition of computer equipment.
Keep your receipts.
- You purchased a desktop or laptop computer.
- Your purchase was made between May 1, 2011 and up to 60 days of the payment of your supplementary loan.
- You made your purchase of a desktop or laptop computer at a store located in Québec.
- You kept your original proof of purchase made out to you personally.
You will be required to submit your original proof of purchase receipts within 60 days of disbursement of the supplementary loan or bursary, along with a letter requesting recognition of the expenses. If we do not receive these fully compliant supporting documents on time, the computer expense allowance will be cancelled and your financial assistance will be decreased accordingly. Do not send the supporting documents before they are requested. You will receive a notice with instructions on how to send them to us.
Allowable expenses and financial assistance assessment
The amount recognized for the purchase of a computer is $2,000. If the use of a laptop is required in your study program, the amount to which you could be entitled would rise to $3,000. To learn whether you need to acquire a laptop computer, see the list of study programs that are recognized for this feature.
In some cases, the additional assistance granted will not correspond to either of the above amounts. It could be less if your financial needs (allowable expenses minus contributions) are less than the loan amount that could be granted to you for the award year. Note that a number of parameters are considered when your financial needs are established, including the number of months you will be studying during the year.
Major functional disability
If you suffer from a major functional disability and your computer purchase cost is recognized under the Loans and Bursaries Program, your supplementary financial assistance will be provided as a bursary.
Please contact the financial assistance office at your school for more information, or call our Customer Service department at 418-643-3750 (Québec City), 514-864-3557 (Montréal) or 1-877-643-3750 (toll free throughout Canada and the U.S.A.).