How to Access Your RESP Savings
You planned; you saved; you did it -- congratulations! Your decision to invest in an RESP is about to pay off in a world of possibilities for your student. The time has come to reap the rewards of your commitment by turning your RESP into funding for post-secondary education.
With a Flex First or Family Single Student Plan, you may choose to withdraw contributions or an Educational Assistance Payment. We are here to help you understand what’s best for your student.
When your student reaches the post-secondary years, it’s time to take the first step in accessing your savings from your RESP. With a Flex First or Family Single Student Plan, this means requesting a withdrawal of your net contributions.
Maturity Application for Heritage Plans: In a Heritage Plan this process is called ‘maturing your plan’ and is accomplished by selecting the appropriate option on your maturity application before the August 15 deadline.
Educational Assistance Payments
Payments from your RESP during the post-secondary years are called Educational Assistance Payments (EAPs). Once enrolled in an eligible program, your student will request an EAP which includes the government grants and income earned while in the plan.
Watch our video to learn more about how you can manage your EAP online:
Flex First and Family Single Student Plans video
Are you a student? This information is for you.
As a student, you can learn more about the RESP that was set up for you, including how to access the funds to pay for your studies after high school. You can also check on the status of your Educational Assistance Payments.
Other Withdrawal Types
There may be circumstances when you need to access some or all of your contributions prior to the time when your child is ready to attend post-secondary education. Or there could be remaining funds in your RESP after your student is finished school. We are here to help you through the options for withdrawing your funds.