LLP Conditions – Full-time student
You can participate in the LLP if the student (you or your spouse or common-law partner) is enrolled as a full-time student or as a part-time student if he or she meets certain disability conditions.
Usually, we consider the student to be enrolled when part or all of his or her fees are paid. If the student is not already enrolled in a program, the student must have received a written offer to enrol before March of the year after you withdraw funds from your RRSPs. A conditional written offer is acceptable.
The educational institution determines who is a full-time or part-time student. The requirement that the student enrol as a full-time student is separate from the qualifying educational program requirement. The qualifying educational program requirement can be met by a person taking courses by correspondence or by a person enrolled in a distance education program. Even if the student is enrolled in a program that requires spending 10 hours or more per week on courses or work in the program, the institution may consider the student to be enrolled on a part-time basis. If this is the case, you cannot participate in the LLP. The following section explains the only exception to this rule.
Part-time basis student
An LLP student who meets one of the disability conditions can be enrolled on a part-time basis. The program in which the student is enrolled must still be a qualifying educational program that usually requires a student to spend 10 hours or more per week on courses or work in the program. However, a student who meets the disability conditions can spend less than 10 hours per week on courses or work in the program.
We consider the LLP student to meet the disability conditions if one of the following situations applies:
- the student cannot reasonably be expected to be enrolled as a full-time student because of a mental or physical impairment, and the student has submitted a signed letter from a medical doctor, an optometrist, a speech-language pathologist, an audiologist, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, or a psychologist stating this
- the student is entitled to the disability amount for the year of the LLP withdrawal
If the student was allowed the disability amount on his or her income tax and benefit return for the previous year and still meets the eligibility requirements for the disability amount, the student will meet the disability condition for the LLP. The student will also meet this condition if someone else claimed the disability amount for the student in the previous year and the student still meets the eligibility requirements for the disability amount. If you have questions about the disability amount, call 1-800-959-8281.
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