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What is your student category?

Find Out Your Student Category:

Read the sections below to determine your student category.

You are a Dependent Student if:
  • You have not been out of high school for at least four years; and
  • You have not been in the labour force for 24 consecutive months while not studying full-time at a post-secondary institution; and
  • You have never been married and you do not have legal custody of any children.

You are an Independent Student if:

  • You have been out of high school for four years; or
  • You have completed 24 consecutive months in the full-time workforce with a minimum gross wage of $9,000 per 12 month period while not studying full-time at a post-secondary institution; or
  • Your parents are deceased and you have no legal guardian or sponsor; or
  • You are separated/divorced/widowed and do not have legal custody of any children; or
  • You are a permanent ward of a child and family services agency.

You are a Single Parent Student if:

  • You are a single person with a dependant and have primary custody of that dependant; or
  • You are separated/divorced/widowed and have legal custody of dependent children who live with you.

You are a Married or Common-law Student if:
 
  • You are married; or
  • You are living common-law and have claimed your marital status as common-law on your Income Tax and Benefits Return for the last two years; or
  • You did not declare your marital status as common-law on your 2012 Income Tax and Benefits Return but you and your common-law partner are the natural parents of a child or children living in the same household for whom you are financially responsible.
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