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This line of credit is for you if you want:

  • Access to funds while attending an accredited Canadian university, college or trade school to cover tuition, textbooks and other daily personal expenses
  • Pay interest only on the amounts you actually use while you are in school, and for 24 months after graduation (or 6 months if you leave your program without graduating)
  • $80,000 throughout the program as a full-time or part-time student
  • A $20,000 yearly limit as a full-time undergraduate student 
  • A $10,000 yearly limit as a part-time undergraduate student, provided you complete your degree within 10 years
  • No yearly limit as a graduate student, only the program recommended limit of $80,000

Note: Recommended limit guidelines are based on programs offered through Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Other line of credit details:

  • View your monthly eStatement in CIBC Online Banking®. Set up text or email alerts to notify you when a new eStatement is available
  • Access your money, transfer funds and make payments on your line of credit
  • Withdraw money from your Education Line of Credit at any CIBC bank machine or anywhere you see the Interac symbol, using your CIBC debit card
  • Set up automatic payments through CIBC Online Banking or at a CIBC Banking Centre
  • Deposits made to your Education line of credit are considered payments and are applied to the principal

Repayment options upon graduation:

  • Two years after graduation (or 6 months without graduating) the ELC can be converted to a personal loan or remain a line of credit — the choice is yours
  • You can spread your line of credit payments out (up to 20 years), making your monthly payments more manageable
  • Pay off all or part of the loan at any time without penalty

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Step 1

Get a new CIBC student bank account, credit card or line of credit

You have until December 31, 2024.

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Already a member? Just remember to open your new CIBC bank account, credit card, or line of credit before December 31, 2024 to enter the contest.


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