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Volunteer opportunities could lead to grant money for students

Athabasca University students struggling to find work during the COVID-19 global pandemic may want to consider the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) program.

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Athabasca University students struggling to find work during the COVID-19 global pandemic may want to consider the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) program.

The program will provide grant money of up to $5,000 to help offset tuition costs for students aged 30 and younger who complete volunteer opportunities between June 25, 2020, and Oct. 31, 2020, depending on the number of hours worked.

Student who complete more than 100 hours can get a grant of $1,000, those who complete more than 200 hours can get a grant of $2,000, and so on. The maximum grant amount will be $5,000 for students who complete more than 500 hours.

Students must register prior to Aug. 21, 2020, and will indicate their preferences for volunteering based on the list of volunteer opportunities available on the I Want to Help platform. An online onboarding and training program will be provided, and students can apply up to 20 training hours toward their grant application.

Please review the eligibility requirements before applying.

Who is eligible to participate in the Canada Student Service Grant volunteer opportunities?

Volunteer opportunities through the CSSG are open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian Citizens, permanent residents, First Nations, Métis or Inuit, or those with Refugee status.
  • Students who are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in September 2020 or recently graduated no earlier than December 2019.
  • This includes part-time or full-time studies in pursuit of a degree, diploma, or certificate at an accredited institution over a period of at least 12 weeks.
  • Accredited institutions include universities, colleges, and Indigenous learning institutions accredited by the province or territory in which they are located.
  • Canadian students who study abroad but are currently residing in Canada and do their volunteer hours in Canada.
  • Students currently attending spring/summer classes are also eligible.

While the volunteer opportunities are available based on the above criteria, only students and recent graduates up to the age of 30 who meet the eligibility requirements, including the number of volunteer service hours, will receive the grant.

Students receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) of $1,250 a month are eligible, but those receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) of $2,000 month are not eligible to receive the CSSG.

For detailed information about the program, including volunteer opportunities and eligibility, please visit the Canada Student Service Grant Program website.

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  • July 6, 2020
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