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The Alberta and Canada governments provide student loans and grants to help you reach your post-secondary educational goals.

When you apply as a full-time student, you are considered for financial aid for both Alberta
and Canada student loans and grants. Financial assistance is also available for students studying part-time.

  • Loans are determined based on your financial need, and you will repay them after you 
    graduate or leave school.
  • Grants are also awarded based on financial need or to those who require special financial assistance. Grants do not have to be repaid. 

Full-time Loans - Alberta and Canada

Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Graduate Students

You could receive up to $6,650 per semester in combined Alberta and Canada student loans.

Commercial Flight Training

You could be eligible for financial aid for you to complete four components of fixed wing training or a helicopter training program. For more information access the Aviation Training Form in the Resources section at:

Part-time Loans - Canada Student Loans

You could receive up to $10,000 in Canada student loans. Access the Part-time Application for financial aid in the Resources section at:

Follow the instructions provided with the application and provide as much information as possible. 

Grants

Student Aid Alberta Grants:

Alberta Maintenance Grant

You may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 per semester if you are a:

  • single parent
  • married/common law student whose spouse/partner cannot work for medical reasons, work visa or language barriers
  • single student making maintenance payments

Alberta Completion Incentive Grant

Full-time student aid recipients are eligible to receive between $1,000 and $2,000 in the last semester of their program of study. Find out about whether you will automatically receive a grant or you need to submit an application form at:

Alberta Low-Income Grant


Full-time students in one-year undergraduate certificate programs may be eligible to receive $120 for each month of study. Here are the low-income thresholds: 

Family Size Income
1 $23,978
2 $29,853
3  $36,700  
4 $44,557
5 $50,537

   Source: Canada Student Loans Program
 

Alberta Part-Time Grant

The Alberta Part-Time Grant is available to Alberta residents taking their post-secondary education on a part-time basis. Up to $600 per semester is available to eligible students. 

Canada Student Grants

The Canada Student Grants Program provides several grants to full-time students, including students from low- or middle-income families, or those who have dependents or a permanent disability. Grants for part-time students are also available. To learn more, including eligibility criteria, visit: