What Is a Professional Student Line of Credit

Professional Student Lines of Credit are designed to supplement government loan programs and Faculty's Financial Aid program. All students, not just those applying to the Financial Aid program may apply to receive Professional Student Lines of Credit.  Lines of credit allow students to borrow only what they need; in that way they function more like a credit card then a loan.  The interest is charged only on the amount borrowed.  Financial institutions assess student's credit rating and notify the student as to the amount of credit the student is eligible to draw upon.

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When to Apply for a Line of Credit

Students should apply for a Line of Credit as early as possible.  Applying is free, however the process may take a while if the student does not have an acceptable credit rating and a student may require a guarantor to arrange a Line of Credit.  You can access your credit report online for free from Equifax and TransUnion. Accessing your credit report online allows you to see it right away. Other companies may also offer to provide your credit report for free.

The lack of a positive credit history, including no credit history, can be a significant obstacle to accessing financing for your legal education. Prospective students who do not have a positive credit history are encouraged to take the steps necessary to establish or to rehabilitate their credit histories well in advance of seeking financing for educational expenses. The Faculty of Law is not a lender and is unable to provide loans to students who are unable to secure credit from banks. 

Learn more about Credit Reports and Credit Scores.

Where to Apply for a Line of Credit

The Faculty of Law has a working relationship with Scotiabank and T.D. Banks.  These lenders agreed to provide lines of credit to our students at prime rates in addition to offering other services summarized below. It is student's responsibility to confirm that the terms outlined below are valid at the time of application, as conditions may have changed:

Comparison of Line of Credit Products Between Scotiabank Professional Student Plan and TD Student Line of Credit
Lending InstitutionScotiabankTD
Maximum Line of Credit Granted$160,000$180,000
1st Year borrowing limit$53,300$60,000
2nd Year borrowing limit$53,300$60,000
3rd Year borrowing limit$53,400$60,000
Access to funds after articlingAllowed to borrow remaining funds on the Line of Credit up to 24 months after articlingUpon completion of articling, the LOC is converted into a loan
Interest ratePrime
Interest calculationInterest is calculated daily on the closing balance and is charged every monthly billing cycle. The monthly interest is added to the principal amount outstanding. Monthly statements show the amount of interest charged.
Deferred Principal Repayment PeriodStudents are given 24 months grace period in which they can pay interest only on the loans after completion of their articling period
Principal Repayment PeriodMaximum 15 years10 years for amounts up to $10,000; 15 years for amounts between $10,001 and $100,000, and 20 years for amounts over $100,000
Optional Other featuresLine of credit protection, no monthly or annual fees, free cheques, pre-approved credit card, unlimited debit transactions and Interact e-Transfer transactionsLine of credit protection, no monthly or annual fees, free cheques, pre-approved credit card, free All Inclusive Bank account and no fee credit card for the duration of the program including articling
Credit Scoremust have a good credit score, otherwise require co-borrower
Approval5 days

Students should use the following branches and contacts when arranging lines of credit as these individuals are familiar with our arrangement. Using other branches or banks will not guarantee the terms negotiated above.

Scotiabank - 222 Queen Street West (at McCaul St.)

  • Students with last names  beginning with A-H, please contact Caroline DaBreo 416-866-3940 ext. 4300 
  • Students with last names beginning with I-P, please contact Aaron Siu 437-655-3291
  • Students with last names beginning with Q-Z, please contact Lynne Owen 416-866-3940 ext. 4206

TD Bank 77 Bloor Street West (at Bay St.)

Enrollment Confirmation

Students will be asked to provide the bank with the Confirmation of Enrollment when requesting a Professional Line of Credit and every year thereafter.  The Enrollment Confirmations are available on ACORN.

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Interest Reimbursement on Professional Student Line of Credit

Applicants to the Faculty's financial aid program are automatically considered and assessed for interest reimbursement. The applicants are notified in late September on the amounts of bursaries they are eligible to receive as well as the authorized line of credit amount on which the interest will be reimbursed. If students take out larger amounts on their lines of credit, only the interest on the authorized amounts will be reimbursed.  If students take out smaller amounts, only the interest charged on the amount will be reimbursed.

Students who don't take out the authorized amounts in one year, will not be able to take out those amounts in the following year. The need is assessed each year and LOC authorizations are not cumulative if not used.

Students can use the Financial Aid Estimator to predict the amount of bursaries and interest reimbursement they may receive.  For further questions, contact the Financial Aid Office (416) 978-3716.

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