US Student Aid

Types of Loans

Direct Loans

Direct PLUS Loans

Private Loans

Veterans Affairs (GI Bill)

Please contact the Awards and Financial Aid office for more information.

Eligibility

General eligibility requirements include that you have financial need, are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, and are enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program at your college or career school. For more details on, visit https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility.  

Undergraduate Eligibility

You must:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time (at least 9.0 credit hours) in each term of funding.
  • Be registered only for in-person and on-campus courses.
  • Registered courses must be for credit; audited and waitlisted courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Not register in certificate, diploma, online courses or any nursing program.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress throughout your studies with a cumulative average of 60% and by completing ⅔ (67%) of cumulative credits attempted at the end of each funded term

Graduate Eligibility

You must:

  • Be considered full time and enrolled in at least one course for the entire term in which you are applying for funding.
  • Be registered only for in-person and on-campus courses
  • Registered courses must be for credit; audited and waitlisted courses do not meet this requirement

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress throughout your studies by maintaining continuous registration in each term and to complete your program of study in a timely manner (within 5 years for master’s students, and within 7 years for doctoral students).

Ineligible Courses

There are restrictions on the University's ability to offer federal loan funds to students in certain courses. Ineligible courses include those which are less than half-time, not degree-bearing, include any online element, or involve distance learning. Students taking ineligible courses may be eligible for private funding.

Loan Amounts and Limits

The US Direct Loan Program has annual as well as lifetime loan limits that vary according to a student's:

  • Grade level
  • Status (dependent or independent)
  • Loan type: need-based (subsidized) or non-need based (unsubsidized and PLUS)
  • Cost of attendance (student cannot borrow more than this amount)

For detailed breakdown of amounts you may borrow, see https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized#how-much.

How to Apply

As a US student attending the University of Winnipeg, you must complete the process for applying for Direct Loans while attending a school outside of the US. Please follow the steps below to ensure disbursement of funds.

Application process

  1. Complete your FAFSA. University of Winnipeg's school code: G08148
  2. Complete a University of Winnipeg US Loan Request Form 2022-23.
  3. Apply for Parent PLUS Loans here if you have unmet need.
  4. Fill out a Master Promissory Note (MPN) here.
    • Complete an MPN for each type of loan you wish to receive.
      NOTE: MPNs for Direct Subsidized/Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Parent PLUS Loans must be completed separately.
    • You must complete MPNs every year you wish to receive funding.
  5. First-time borrowers must complete the Entrance Counselling here. Loans will not disburse until Entrance Counseling is completed.
Release of US Loan Funds

Funds cannot be released to first-time loan borrowers until they've attended at least 30 days of school.

US loan funds are sent directly from the US Treasury to The University of Winnipeg in two installments – 50% at the start of the session and 50% at the mid-point of the session.

The funds are converted into Canadian dollars and applied directly to your student account. This process takes 1-2 weeks.

Refunds

If a credit results on your student account after the required tuition fees are paid in full, you will receive a refund cheque in Canadian dollars. You can use these funds towards your living, and books and supplies costs. The cheque issuing process takes 2-4 weeks.

NOTE: You may not qualify for a refund each term or at all.

Resources for Students with US Loans
  • Title IV School Code: G08148
  • OPEID: 00814800
  • Sallie Mae School Code: 008148-00
  • Veterans Affairs Certifying Code: 1-1-1023-75
  • UWinnipeg Consumer Information [PDF]
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements [PDF]
  • R2T4 Withdrawal and Return of Funds Policy [PDF]
  • Tuition Tax Receipts
    • As an eligible educational institution, we can only provide Canadian federal (T2202) tax receipts. If you are filing taxes in the US you can use the information on the T2202, along with other expenses as can be identified on WebAdvisor. Go to Student Finance Admin. -> Account Summary -> Select each Term and detail into the various sections for invoice and charge details. Some additional charges are eligible for US taxes such as student association fees and course material costs that are billed by the University. There may be other expenses that are eligible, therefore you should consult with the IRS or their websites for further information. UWinnipeg’s IRS number is 98-1209275.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much US Direct Loan funding am I eligible for?

The University of Winnipeg determines the loan types and the actual loan amount you are eligible to receive each academic year base on the cost of attendance. However, there are limits on the amount in subsidized and unsubsidized loans that you may be eligible to receive each academic year and the total amounts that you may borrow for undergraduate and graduate study. These limits vary depending on:

  • what year you are in of your degree, and
  • whether you are a dependent or independent student.

For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized#how-much.

Are Direct Loans maximums applied to each term or each year?

The loan maximums set by the US Department of Education apply to the academic year (September - August of the following year). This means, if you received the maximum amount in Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loan funding for the September - April period and then decide to take summer courses, you are not eligible for any further Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized loan funding for the summer session.

What type of funding can I apply for?

You can apply for Direct Loans, which may include Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized, and Parent PLUS funding, depending on your personal eligibility. Undergraduate students may be eligible for Direct Subsidized funding, while graduate students are only eligible for Direct Unsubsidized funding.

If you are not eligible for Direct Loans, you have the option of applying for private loans through other funders.

Am I a dependent or an independent applicant?

Independent

For the purposes of federal aid, a student is considered independent if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The student is at least 24 years old by 31 December of the award year;
  • The student is an orphan or ward/dependent of the court, or was a ward/dependent of the court until he or she reached age 18;
  • The student is a veteran of the US Armed Forces;
  • The student is working on a master's or doctorate program at the beginning of the award year for which the FAFSA is completed;
  • The student is married as of the date the FAFSA is completed;
  • The student has at least one child who receives more than half of his or her support from the student; and/or
  • The student has a dependent, other than a spouse or a child, who lives with the student and receives more than half of his or her support from the student at the time the FAFSA is completed and through 30 June of the award year.

Dependent

The student is considered dependent if they do not meet any of the above criteria for an independent student.

Can I get Pell Grants or Perkins Loans?

US students attending foreign institutions are not eligible to receive these types of federal aid.

When will I receive my Direct Loan (Subsidized, Unsubsidized or Parent PLUS) funds?

Once received by the University, your Direct Loans will be applied to your tuition and student fees. If there are housing costs, funds can also be directed to Campus Living if you select this option. If there is any money left over from your loan after these fees are paid, you will be refunded the balance through a cheque.

Can I receive loan funding for Distance Education or Courses Abroad?

Distance Education courses and courses done abroad are ineligible for US Direct Loan funding.

How does repayment work?
  • Subsidized Loans: No interest or payments required as long as you are enrolled on an eligible course at least half-time.
  • Unsubsidized Loans: No payments required as long as you are enrolled on an eligible course at least half-time. Interest accrues whilst you are studying.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: No payments required as long as student is enrolled on an eligible course at least half-time. Interest accrues whilst studying.

For more information on Repayment, visit: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/plans.