I am begining to sludge my way through all the requirements for acquiring a student visa in Canada as an American. It looks like I have to prove I have tuition and plus 11,000 living expenses before I can even apply for a student visa. I am looking into how I determine what kind of loans I am eligible for based on financial need. The program has not determined awards yet.

Has anyone been through this process and can warn me if possible pitfalls or suggest other helpful information when studying abroad?

I want to make sure this is doable before I accept.