Special Edition Online Loonie Line Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund

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Make a difference immediately.
Support a John Abbott College student who is living in a precarious situation due to COVID-19. Even the smallest donation helps.

The balance for many students is a delicate one. Full-time classes, hours of work to pay the bills over and above their homework, but it works, most of the time. Now their College semester has been turned upside down, many have lost their jobs whether in a store, restaurant, or other due to the province-wide closure, and they are faced with the fact that they can no longer pay their expenses despite having cut out to their most basic needs.

Your entire donation, 100%, will go to this Student Emergency Assistance Fund.


“The help I get with groceries, tuition etc from the financial aid office has allowed me to stay in school and will allow me to graduate. It may not seem like much but to me and my family [it] is priceless. I’m a single parent with 3 kids, and feeding them and finding money for tuition and books is hard while working only part-time.
The help I get allows me to have less worries and be able to concentrate on my studies to be successful.”

“The financial help that I get from you guys has definitely taken a huge weight off my shoulders. We don’t need to worry about grocery money as much as we did before, which was very stressful because I would skip meals so that we could have enough for my younger brothers. The help I’ve gotten from all of you has really made me feel more secure, and calm.”

“The financial assistance provided by JAC makes a substantial difference in my life…
As a single mother of three, we are living below the poverty line. There are times I can’t even buy milk. Food is becoming increasingly expensive, making it barely affordable with my income. I can’t even imagine what I would do without the assistance received. Honestly, I don’t think I would be able to pursue an education without your assistance. There’s almost no money left for groceries after I pay the rent, bills, and daycare fees.”

“I feel as there is a group of people who care about us, about students and shares with me the importance of education…it is like a constant happy hug. Your support, your donations are appreciated and they do more good that you think.  Thanks, thanks for your generosity and for your support towards education and family.”

I am a student who needs financial assistance

You were a student at John Abbott College on March 13, 2020 and are experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic?
You are not eligible for any other type of government assistance?
You need financial assistance to complete your session remotely?
The Emergency Fund can help you through this crisis.

The John Abbott College Foundation as well as John Abbott College have implemented this temporary funding to help our student community.

A committee that will meet three times a week will make the decision on eligibility for these emergency funds. The decision will be made based on the following criteria:

  • A student who has lost his or her job as a result of COVID-19 and no longer has a source of funding (letter of dismissal) and who does not have access to the Québec Bursaries and Loans program or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be considered to be in a situation of critical urgency.
  • A student who retains their job but whose salary was reduced because of COVID-19, who is no longer able to meet their financial obligations, who does not have access to the Québec Bursaries and Loans program or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be considered in a medium priority.
  • A student who has lost their job, had their salary reduced but has access to the various programs (Québec Bursaries and Loans program or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Employment Insurance) will be considered in a low priority minimum situation.

Depending on the amount available in the Emergency Fund, the decision will be made according to the above criteria. The decision may be a gift or a loan depending on the student’s situation.

All you have to do is fill and submit the form below.

Student Assistance Request