How to Apply

Ready to apply:

When you cannot apply online, you can request
a printable application in
Applications & Forms.

Student Aid recommends you apply at least two months prior to the start of school:

    • Starting school after August 1, 2016 - apply by using 2016-17 online application.
    • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship applicants must use the current application.
    • Starting school before July 31, 2016 - apply by using 2015-16 online application.

Providing Parent / Guardian Access to Your Application & Information

Your parent(s)/guardian may want to assist with aspects of your student aid/scholastic awards. Student Aid Alberta respects your privacy by keeping in strict confidence all personal information pertaining to your application for financial aid and awards.

If you want your parent or guardian to be able to obtain information about your student aid application, you must grant them access. Read more about how to grant access to your personal information/accounts, or give someone else the authority to act on your behalf at:

Always have access to your account information!

Student Aid recommends you use your personal email address, rather than an email service hosted by your school to create/verify your account in the Students Finance System (SFS).

First Time Applying Online - Access the Students Finance System (SFS)

Step 1 - Create an Account

    • You will need to create an account if you do not have one.
    • If you applied to your school through ApplyAlberta, you already have an account.
      Use the same Username and Password to access SFS.

Step 2 - Verify your Identity

To access the Students Finance System (SFS), you need to provide personal information so we can verify your identity before you can apply. Choose one of the three options below:

1. Transcript of High School Achievement Information (2 Alberta high school diploma level official marks)

2. Master Student Financial Assistance Agreements (MSFAAs)

3. Loan Certificate Cashed Loan Information

If you have never applied before and cannot provide any of the above information, you may still be able to apply online. However, you will not be able to access SFS again until you verify your identity.

Step 3 - Complete the Application 

Use our companion guide for help to complete the full-time application:

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Keep Your Information Secure

It’s important that you take precautions to keep your personal information safe and secure:

  • Always protect your personal information and never reveal information such as your user ID/password associated with your account in the Student Finance System (SFS).

  • Do not share your username and password with staff members at your school. If you need help from your school to manage aspects of your student aid or scholastic awards, log in to your personal account on your own before sharing the computer screen with others.

For more information on how to protect your privacy and security, go to:

Apply for Student Aid for 2016-17 Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Information you need to complete your application online:

Personal Information

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Alberta Student Number (ASN)
    • Your ASN can be found on your Alberta high school transcript
    • If you do not have an ASN, you can request one

Program Information

  • Start and end dates of your school year
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Books, supplies and instruments costs

Studying Outside of Alberta

To avoid funding delays - check with your school to ensure you enter your program exact start/end dates and school costs on the application.

Financial Information

  • Your line 150 from last year’s income tax return
  • Your income and savings prior to starting this school year
  • Your expected income and resources while you are in school

Married or common-law students need to provide their spouse's or partner’s:

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Monthly income
  • Line 150 from last year’s income tax return

Dependent students need to provide line 150 of a parent/guardian income tax return to be considered for Canada/federal loans and grants and the Alberta Low-Income Grant.

Now you are ready to apply!

Your application must be received at least 30 days before this year’s program ends.


Step 1: Submit your online application when:

  • Your final high school marks are available, and
  • You are planning on attending full-time post-secondary studies between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017


  • You have completed high school on or after September 30, 1980.

Your will be notified in writing of the results of your assessment.

Step 2: If you are eligible, Student Aid Alberta will ask your post-secondary institution to confirm your registration.

  • If you apply before you start post-secondary studies – your school will be asked to confirm your registration by the end of your first month of study.

  • If you apply during or after your post-secondary studies, your school will be asked to confirm your registration one month after your application has been assessed.

Step 3: Your school must confirm your registration before your cheque can be issued. Student Aid will mail a cheque to you approximately 1 month after confirmation of registration is received. 

Information you need to complete your application online:

Personal Information

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Alberta Student Number (ASN)
    • Your ASN can be found on your Alberta high school transcript
    • If you do not have an ASN, you can request one

School Information

  • Post-secondary school you are going to attend
  • Start date
  • High School you attended

Now you are ready to apply!


 The Students Finance System is routinely unavailable from 3 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Sundays.