Education and Living Costs


Helping you cover basic learning and living costs.

Education Costs

Student Aid Alberta provides funding to cover your basic educational costs, including your tuition, mandatory fees, and any books and supplies. If you apply online, these costs are automatically included. If you are applying on paper, talk to your post-secondary institution to determine what costs and fees you are expected to pay.

Living Costs

When you apply, Student Aid Alberta will automatically assess your living costs using a standard monthly budget that helps us determine how much student aid you need. These amounts are based on meeting the basic costs of living in Alberta.

Medical coverage for dependents

If you are a post-secondary student with dependents, you may be eligible for coverage of medical, optical, dental and ambulance services through the Alberta Child Health Benefits Program.

2014-15 Monthly Living Allowances

Your Living Situation Monthly
Single and living with parents $432
Single and living independently $941
Married or common law $2,004
Single parents $1,710
Each additional child add $449
Monthly child care costs for children under 12 years of age (no receipts) $75
Monthly child care costs for children under 12 years of age(documentation required) $724

If you find out you are eligible for student aid and feel your costs are higher than the amount you will receive, complete a Change of Circumstance. We may ask you to provide documentation about your expenses before re-evaluating your application.