What You Contribute
Most students use a range of different financial resources to fund their post-secondary education - such as family support, scholarships, earnings, and government student aid. When you apply, let us know what money you have, and what you expect to get throughout the year. This information helps us determine your eligibility for student aid.
Post-secondary students are encouraged to invest in their education.
- Student Aid Alberta expects you to provide a contribution of $1,500. Single parents, Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) recipients, and CPP Disabilty Benefits are not expected to contribute anything.
- The Canada Student Loans Program expects you to contribute income earned before you start your post-secondary studies. You are also expected to contribute any funds you have from savings, part-time earnings or RRSPs.
You will need to provide as much information as you can on your application. If you are not sure of exact amounts, simply provide estimates. When you need to update your estimates for your cost and resouces, you will need to submit a Change of Circumstance form to Student Aid Alberta. Access the Change of Circumstance form at:
Your Parents' Contribution
Student Aid Alberta does not expect your parents to contribute and will not use your savings, earning, RRSPs or assistantships to determine your eligibility for student aid.
However, information about these resources on your application are used to determine your eligibility for the Canada Student Loans Program (loans and grants). To estimate the amount of money your parents are expected to contribute, use the Canada Student Loans Program's online calculator at:
Learn more about the Collection Use and Disclosure of Personal Information for Parents/Step-Parents of Dependent Children who applied for Financial Assistance for Full-time Post-secondary Studies at:
Education Savings Plans
Your parents may have prepared for your post-secondary education by saving money in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), Canada Scholarship Trust Fund, or Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan (ACES). Be sure to let us know on your application if you will be receiving any money through an RESP or trust fund.
For more information about ACES, visit:
Your Spouse/Partner's Contribution
If you are married or living common law, your spouse/partner is expected to contribute financially towards your post-secondary education. You will be asked to provide details about your household income on your application.