COVID-19 Pandemic | Alberta Student Aid Supports

The Government of Alberta is committed to supporting students during this time. There is no change to the application process. If you want to apply for student aid, login at studentaid.alberta.ca.

Before you apply, check with your institution to ensure your program is still available.

Learn more about post-secondary supports for students during COVID-19 on alberta.ca.

Applying for Student Aid

The Government of Alberta will not use Canadian Government emergency benefits as a resource on student's applications. You do not need to disclose these benefits:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  • Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

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COVID-19 Funding Allowance

You may be eligible to receive up to $3000 in additional Alberta student loans if you are facing financial hardships such as added technology costs due to the shift to remote classes, or loss of income or earnings during the COVID-19 pandemic. You must submit a Request for Review. You do not have to submit documentation or proof of additional expenses or loss of income.

*Important Notice
You may still be eligible to receive this grant if your study period begins on or before July 31, 2020.

Applying for Scholarships

All 2020-2021 scholarship and award applications including the Rutherford Scholarship are now available.

Due to course interruptions, many high school and post-secondary students may receive a pass/fail mark for the 2019-20 winter semester and the upcoming school year.

To help high school students achieve an Alberta Education Credential, Alberta Education has made the following program changes:

  • A school awarded mark will be used to determine all, or part, of the official diploma course mark on the Alberta High School Transcript of Achievement.
  • Introduced three new course codes to enable principals to recommend credits for courses students are unable to complete remotely.

Additionally, school closures and changes to grading systems in other national and international jurisdictions may have also impacted scholarships and awards provided to Albertans.

Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship

Alberta Advanced Education will assign a 90 per cent grade to the three new course codes introduced by Alberta Education. These courses can be used to determine eligibility for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year.

Dr. Ernest and Minnie Mehl Scholarship | Rutherford Scholar

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive these two awards. Students who have completed their diploma exams are eligible for this award for the 2020-2021 school year.

Jason Lang Scholarship

Students must have received a minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average in the 2019 Fall Term, AND have received a pass mark for all courses completed in the 2020 Winter Term (based on an 80% full-course load in the 2019-2020 academic year). 

If institutions assigned a Grade Point Average in Winter 2020, students are eligible for the Jason Lang scholarship as usual.

Alberta Graduate Students Travel Incentive

This grant program is suspended for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

Language Teacher Bursary Program

Due to travel concerns related to COVID-19, student international travel related to the Language Teacher Bursary Program is put on hold. This bursary is offered through Alberta Education. 

To learn more about how to participate online or to determine whether you may be eligible to claim a reimbursement for incurred expenses for the program, contact:

Alberta Education
Phone: 780-644-5274
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Students in Repayment

The Government of Alberta is committed to providing financial relief during the pandemic. No Albertan should be worried about their student loan repayment obligations during this time.

As information will be posted as it becomes available, please check this webpage often for updates.

Repayment Pause for Alberta Student Loans

All student loan repayments are deferred from March 30 until September 30, 2020. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. You do not need to apply for the repayment pause. This applies to student loan borrowers in good standing and those in collections. These changes mirror the approach of the Canada Student Loans Program.

If you want to make payments during this time, you can do so through your online banking. Any payments you make will go towards your loan balance, and interest will continue to be waived until September 30, 2020.

Currently making payments/In grace period

  • If you are making pre-authorized debit payments, payments will not be withdrawn from your account.
  • If you are making payments through online banking or cheque, you are not required to send in payments due during this period. If you set up automatic bill payments, remember to cancel them.
  • If your six-month grace period ends before September 30, 2020, your payments would be paused and no interest would accrue until September 30, 2020.

This payment deferral applies to student loan borrowers in good standing and those in collections.

Canada Student Loans

The Canada Student Loans Program is offering the same repayment and interest pause for Canada student loans.

For more information on your Canada student loan, sign-on to your National Student Loans Service Centre account.

Questions

If you have further questions, call the Alberta Student Aid Service Centre. Please note we are currently receiving high call volumes, and callers may experience longer than average wait times.