Alberta Grants

When you apply, you are automatically assessed for eligibility for loans and grants. There are grants provided by Alberta Student Aid and grants from the Canada Student Loan Program.

Alberta Student Aid Grants

Alberta Maintenance Grant

To be eligible for Maintenance Grant, you must meet all three of the following criteria:

1. You are financially responsible for:

    • a child; or
    • a parent; or
    • a spouse/partner; or
    • another individual with whom you are in an adult interdependent relationship.

2. You have received:

    • the annual maximum Canada and/or Alberta student loan(s) for the current study period; or
    • a loan of at least $1,000 for the current study period if you have reached the Lifetime Loan Limit for your current program.

3. You require special financial help as determined by Alberta Student Aid.

You are considered to be in need of special financial help in the following situations:

      • Single with at least one dependent child
      • Married/common‐law with a dependent child under 12 months old
      • Financially responsible for a parent
      • Required to make alimony or child support payments

If you are financially responsible for an individual and require special financial help for a reason not outlined above, an explanation of the situation must be submitted in order to be considered.

Example: You may be eligible if you are married/common‐law with a spouse/partner who is unemployed due to:

    • medical issues or chronic illness; or
    • lack of work visa or permanent SIN; or
    • a language barrier. 

The amount of Maintenance Grant awarded is the lesser of:

    • $3,000 per semester (or $4,500 per semester if the student is in an accelerated program); or
    • the student’s remaining calculated need; or
    • the actual value of specific costs the Maintenance Grant is being issued to cover (e.g., medical costs or alimony/child support payments).

Maintenance Grant will not be issued for an amount less than $50. If both you student and your spouse/partner are attending school, you can each receive up to the maximum Maintenance Grant per semester, if you meet the other eligibility requirements.

If you apply for one semester you will receive 100% of their funding at the beginning of their study period.

If you apply for 2 or 3 semesters:

  • 50% is disbursed at the beginning of your study period
  • 50% is disbursed at the midpoint of your study period

 

Alberta Low-Income Grant

To be eligible for the Alberta Low-Income Grant you must meet the following conditions:

    • Have a family income, as reported on Line 150 of the previous year’s tax return that is equal to or below the Low‐Income Threshold listed in the Income Thresholds for Alberta Low‐Income Grant table.
      • For single independent students, the family income is only the student’s income
      • For married or common‐law students, the family income is the combined income of the student and spouse/partner
      • For single dependent students, the family income is the combined income reported on Schedule 1, Part B Parental Personal and Financial Information. To qualify for this grant, dependent students must provide parental financial information when applying.
    • Demonstrate financial need in either federal or provincial calculation. If you have at least $1 of financial need, the entire grant amount is awarded.

Income Thresholds for Alberta Low-Income Grant

Low-Income Table

Students in Open Studies, University Transfer, or graduate level programs are not eligible.

If a student or family member did not file taxes for the previous year, an estimate of total income for that year may be accepted.

Applications will not be reassessed to increase the amount of Alberta Low‐Income Grant funding if:

    • parental information (Part B of the Schedule 1 or Schedule 1C) is provided after other funding has been paid,
    • you originally indicated “No” to “I wish to be considered for federal grants and loans, and the Alberta Low‐Income Grant.”, or
    • changes to student, spouse, or parental line 150 amounts are provided after funding has been paid.


If you are eligible for the Alberta Low-Income Grant you could receive $250 per month of studies, to a maximum of $3,000 per loan year.

If you apply for one semester you will receive 100% of your funding at the beginning of your study period.

If you apply for 2 or 3 semesters:

    • 50% is disbursed at the beginning of their study period
    • 50% is disbursed at the midpoint of the study period

Disbursements of the Alberta Low‐Income Grant cannot be moved to earlier in the study period.

Full-time students in one-year undergraduate certificate programs may be eligible to receive $250 for each month of study. This grant is available to low-income students whose total program duration is 12 months or less.

 

Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities 

The Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities may be issued to a full‐time student with a documented permanent disability who is not eligible to receive the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities or has costs that are not covered by that grant.

Costs that may be covered by the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities include all services and equipment that are covered under the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities, and some costs not covered under that grant.


Disability related transportation costs not covered by the Canada Grant for Service and Equipment, such as parking and fuel for distance travelled, could be considered eligible. For these costs to be allowed under GFD, an explanation needs to be provided that clearly establishes that public transportation is not an option.

To be eligible for the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities, the student must:

    • have a documented permanent disability and the requirement for services and/or equipment,
    • complete a Schedule 4 and have it approved by an authorized official,
    • be enrolled in a full‐time program (at least 60% of a full course load or at least 40% for a student where the reduced course load was documented),
    • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving provincial funding, and
    • have at least $1 of provincial calculated need.

The maximum amount of the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities that may be issued is $3,000 per loan year (not to exceed the costs of the services and/or equipment required).

When a student meets the eligibility criteria for both the the Canada Grant for Service and Equipmentand for the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities, the Canada Grant for Service and Equipment funds are always allocated first.

Students in study periods of less than 10 months may receive a maximum of $8,000 in combined
the Canada Grant for Service and Equipment and the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities in that study period.

Students in study periods of 10‐12 months may receive a maximum of $11,000 in combined the Canada Grant for Service and Equipment and the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities in that study period.

By the end of the study period, the student must provide receipts to show that the grant was used for its intended purposes for the study period. Any unused or undocumented grant funding must be returned or it will be deemed an overpayment and converted to direct loan.

Funding is disbursed at the beginning of the study period.

Alberta Part-Time Grant

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