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Students can now apply for CESB in Canada and they're starting to stress out

Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) open today, and students across the country are scrambling to ensure they qualify before signing up to receive their monthly cheques.

The new benefit provides financial support to post-secondary students  and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to the pandemic, and it was introduced following significant criticism of the federal government for failing to include students and grads in pandemic aid packages. 

Those who qualify to receive the financial assistance will be given $1,250 per month from May to August, and any students with dependants or a disability will receive $2,000 for each four-week period.

In order to qualify, you must not have already applied to or be receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

Applicants must also be currently enrolled in a post-secondary program, planning to start school in September or have graduated in December 2019 or later. 

The new benefit functions similarly to the CERB in that residents must apply for each individual four-week period based on continuing eligibility. The four periods for post-secondary students are May 10 to June 6, June 7 to July 4, July 5 to August 1 and August 2 to August 29.

"Each eligibility period is a 4-week period with a specific start and end date. When you apply, you will receive a payment for the specific eligibility period you applied for," notes the government's website.

"You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period."

And for those who do qualify, it seems this day couldn't come soon enough. 

Students across the country have been struggling in recent months due to school closures, cancelled internships, no job prospects and more — so many feel this benefit is long overdue. 

Many have taken to social media today to praise the new program and its application process, as was the case when the CERB first launched as well.

But others have said they've found the process stressful, especially when it comes to determining whether or not they're eligible. 

"If we find that you are not eligible, we will contact you to make arrangements to repay any amounts you may owe," notes the CESB webpage. 

Some have also criticized the program for not including international students. 

Still, overall, it seems Canadian students are genuinely grateful to finally be acknowledged and recognized as one of the groups experiencing significant hardship as a result of the pandemic.

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