Loans for Pre-Employment
FAQ - Loans for Pre-Employment
Learn more about how to apply and repaying your loan.
Funding Resources for Pre-Employment Programs
Students in pre-employment programs can apply for loans and grants through Student Aid Alberta. Pre-employment programs provide occupational/job readiness skills training to continue your career in an apprenticeship program and help you obtain employment.
To be considered, you must be attending a specific institution that has pre-employment program(s) designated by the Minister. Pre-employment programs are certificate level programs lasting one year or less (no minimum program length). They must also be recognized for at least one period of technical training.
You must also meet all of the basic eligibility criteria for full-time post-secondary students. Your application for student aid is processed following the same rules as all other post-secondary loan applications.
Students in approved pre-employment programs may qualify for provincial grants. Learn more about the Alberta Maintenance Grant at:
If you are taking a pre-employment program, you are only eligible for provincial/Alberta loan funding and grants. You cannot receive federal/Canada Student Loans.
How to Apply
Apply online through the Students Finance System (SFS) on the Student Aid Alberta website. You will need to follow the same steps to apply as all other post-secondary students. To find out more about what you need to apply, visit:
When applying online in the Students Finance System (SFS: Login), select the following:
- Pre-Employment as your program
- Your specific trade as the Program Specialization
You must submit your loan application 30 days prior to the end of study date.
Keeping Your Loans Interest-Free
Your Alberta student loan remains interest-free for the duration of your pre-employment program. You do not have to make any payments while you are studying. You may have to do a few things to keep your loans interest-free:
You will have a six month interest-free grace period before your loan begins accumulating interest. Following this six month grace period, your loan goes into repayment status and begins accumulating interest.
Repaying Your Loan
Student Aid Alberta allows flexible repayment terms. If you need help making your loan payments, there are repayment assistance options available to you:
For more information:
Contact the Student Aid Alberta Service Centre (SAASC):