How to Apply

Student Aid Alberta 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
    • Starting school before July 31, 2016 - apply by using 2015-16 online application

When you are ready to apply:

 If you cannot apply online, you can request a printable application in Applications and Forms.

Apply for the 2016-17 Application (including the Rutherford Scholarship)

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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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
You must enter the above program information on your application. Tip! To avoid funding delays - check with your school to ensure you enter 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.

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