Students can finally get the help they need. However, there are some conditions that they should know about when it comes to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. Specifically, high school students should be aware of the limitations.

Applications for the CESB were officially opened today, and post-secondary students and recent graduates can apply for the months of May through August.

Recent graduates are defined as anyone who completed a post-secondary program after December 2019.

However, students who are still enrolled in secondary school (and plan on attending university or college before February 2021), but aren't graduating until after June 7 can only apply for the months of July and August.

Despite the short eligibility period for high school students, they can still get the same monthly amount, which is still $1250.

Anyone who is a Canadian citizen, registered under the Indian Act, a permanent resident, or a protected person (as recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) is eligible.

This means that international students who are studying in Canada are not eligible to receive the CESB.

You can also only apply for the CESB if you aren't already receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or EI benefits.

The government has provided information about all other guidelines for applying to get the benefit. 

After determining your eligibility, you can find out how to put in an application. If you have a CRA My Account, you can apply online. 

You can also call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 and follow the recorded prompts.

Students who receive the benefit should also be aware that they will have to declare that they are looking for work. The CRA may ask for proof that you've been trying to find a job.

The CESB can be applied for every month. The program covers four-week eligibility periods at a time, starting with the upcoming dates of May 10, June 7, July 5, and August 2.

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