Education and Living Costs


Arrows orange Helping you cover basic learning and living costs.

 Arrows light blue1 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. 

Arrows light blue1 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.

2013-14 Monthly Living Allowances

Your Living Situation


Single and living with parents


Single and living independently


Married or common law


Single parents




Each additional child add


Monthly child care costs for children under 12 years of age (no receipts)


Monthly child care costs for children under 12 years of age(documentation required)


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

Not sure if you qualify? Just apply.