Canada 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 Loans Program.

Canada Student Loan Program Grants

Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Studies

To be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Studies, you must:

    • apply and be eligible for student loans, and have $1 of assessed federal financial need; and
    • be pursuing full-time studies leading to an undergraduate degree, certificate, or diploma in a program of at least two years’ (60 weeks) duration at a designated school.

Eligibility for the Canada Student Grant is based on your income and family size. Depending on your financial situation, you could receive $100 - $4,500 per loan year.

Canada Student Grant Eligibility 

If your total family income (line 150) is at or below the Income Threshold, you could receive the maximum amount of Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Studies. The maximum amount is based on the number of weeks you are in full-time studies. The amount is $86.54 per week up to a maximum of $375 per month to a maximum of $4,500 per loan year. The minimum amount of grant money that will be issued is $100.

If your total family income (line 150) is between the Income Threshold and the Grant Cut-Off, you could receive a proportional amount of the grant.

If your total family income (line 150) is higher than the Grant Cut-Off, you are not eligible for the grant.  

 

Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants

To be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students with Dependants you must:

    • have at least one dependant under the age of 12 at the start date of studies, or 12 years of age or
      older requiring daily care due to a permanent disability,
    • have a family income that is equal to or below the Low‐Income Threshold, and
    • have applied for full‐time student aid, and demonstrate at least $1 of assessed federal calculated need.

Income Thresholds for Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students with Dependants

Low-Income Table

You do not have to receive the Canada Student Grant for Full‐time Students to be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants.

If you are eligible, your grant would be calculated as $200 per month of study, per eligible dependant.

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

If you apply for two or three semesters: 

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

Disbursements of the Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants cannot be moved to earlier in the study period.

  

Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is provided to address the financial need of students with a documented permanent disability. It can be granted once per loan year. To be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities, you must:

    • be a full-time student
    • have a documented permanent disability,
    • complete a Schedule 4, and have it approved by an authorized official,
    • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal funding, and
    • have at least $1 of federal calculated need.

Students must submit documentation with the Schedule 4 that describes the permanent nature of the disability, for example:

    • a medical certificate
    • a learning disability assessment
    • a document proving that the applicant is in receipt of federal and/or provincial disability assistance (e.g., Canada Pension Plan – Disability documentation or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped documentation)

If the student receives this grant for one year, in subsequent years that student will not have to provide documentation describing the type of permanent disability or submit a new Schedule 4. The student will only have to:

    • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal funding, and
    • have at least $1 of federal calculated need.

If you are eligible, you could receive $2,000 per loan year, in addition to your loan eligibility.

Part‐time students may also by eligible for this grant, if they meet federal part‐time eligibility criteria.

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

If For students funded for more than one semester:

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

Disbursements of the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities will not be moved to earlier in the study period.

 

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities grant is designed to support exceptional education‐related costs associated with the student’s permanent disability. For a list of costs that may be covered by this grant, see the Permanent Disability Chapter in the Student Aid Operational Policy Manual.

To be eligible you must:

    • have a documented permanent disability,
    • complete a Schedule 4, and have it approved by an authorized official,
    • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal funding, and
    • have at least $1 of federal calculated need.

You need to submit the following with each new application for financial assistance for which this grant is being requested:

    • The services and/or equipment being requested, along with costs, must be listed on the Schedule 4 or attached.
    • Documentation that describes the need for services and equipment due to the particular type of disability must also be included, if not previously provided.

Students applying for this grant for the first time must submit documentation that describes the permanent nature of the disability, for example:

    • a medical certificate
    • a learning disability assessment
    • a document proving that the applicant is in receipt of federal and/or provincial disability assistance (e.g. Canada Pension Plan – Disability or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped documentation)

The maximum amount of Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities is $8,000 per loan year (not to exceed the costs of the services and/or equipment required).
This grant money is disbursed at the beginning of the study period. By the end of the study period, you must provide receipts to show that the services and equipment grant was used for its intended purposes for the study period. Any unused or undocumented grant funding must be returned or it will be considered overpaid.

Part‐time students may also by eligible for this grant, if they meet federal part‐time eligibility criteria.

If you are a full‐time student and not eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities or if you have disability related transportation costs, you may be eligible for the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities.