How to Apply

To Register & Apply

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Student Aid recommends you apply at least two months prior to the start of school:

  • Starting school on or after August 1, 2020 - apply on the 2020-21 application.
  • Starting school on or before July 31, 2020 - apply on the 2019-20 application.

Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship

Rutherford Scholarship applicants must use the 2020-21 application.

Providing Parent / Guardian Access to Your Application & Information

Your parent(s)/guardian may want to assist with aspects of your student aid. Alberta Student Aid respects your privacy by keeping in strict confidence all personal information pertaining to your application for financial aid and awards.

If you want your parent/guardian or another designated individual to be able to obtain information about your student aid application, you must grant them access. Read more about how to grant access to your personal information/accounts, or give someone else the authority to act on your behalf at:

Always have access to your account information!

Student Aid recommends you use your personal email address, rather than an email address provided by your school to create/verify your Alberta Student Aid account.

First Time Applying Online - Login to Your Account

Step 1 - Create an Account

  • You will need to create an account if you do not have one.

Step 2 - Verify your Identity

You need to provide personal information to verify your identity. Choose one of the options below:

1. MyAlberta Digital ID verified account

To verify your identity through MyAlberta Digital ID, you will need an Alberta driver's licence or identification card.

2. Secure Identity and Access Management System (SIAMS)

To verify your identity through SIAMS, you will need:

  • Two Alberta High School Diploma Level Official Marks, or
  • Alberta Student Aid agreement number or Canada Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement Number, or
  • Alberta or Canada Cashed Loan Certificate Number (loans prior to 2013)

If you have never applied before and cannot provide any of the above information, you can continue without verifying you identity. You can create your Student Aid account and submit an application, but if you are approved you must verify your identity before you can receive any student aid.

Levels of Access

You need to verify your identity to get full access to information and other features in your Alberta Student Aid account.

 Account Options Full Access  Limited Access
  • Complete your Alberta Student Aid agreement
  •  Access your Student Aid inbox to see your mail 
  •  Change your personal information and update your address
  •  Indicate your preferred notification preferences (email or text)
  •  Upload electronic documents
  •  Submit a Request for Review online
  •  View your current student aid application 

Step 3 - Complete the Application

Use our companion guide for help to complete the full-time application:

Keep Your Information Secure

It’s important to take precautions and keep your personal information safe and secure:

  • Always protect your personal information and never reveal information such as your user ID/password associated with your account.

  • Do not share your username and password with staff members at your school. If you need help from your school to manage aspects of your student aid or scholastic awards, log in to your personal account on your own before sharing the computer screen with others.

For more information on how to protect your privacy and security, visit:

Apply for Student Aid for 2020-21

Information you need to complete your application online:

Personal Information

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
    • Your SIN will be validated with the Government of Canada before your application is reviewed by Student Aid.

  • Alberta Student Number (ASN)
    • You can find your ASN on MyPass (Alberta high school transcript), or
    • You can look up your ASN at:
    • If you don't have an ASN, you can request one:

Program Information

  • Start and end dates of your period of study
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Books, supplies and instruments costs

*If you are studying outside of Alberta, check with your school to ensure you enter your program exact start/end dates and school costs on the application. Incorrect information will cause delays.

Financial Information

  • Your line 15000 from last year’s income tax return

Married or common-law students need to provide their spouse's or partner’s:

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Line 15000 from last year’s income tax return

Dependent students need to provide line 15000 of a parent/guardian income tax return to be considered for Canada/federal loans and grants and the Alberta Student Grant for Full-time Students.

Your application and any documents required to confirm your eligibility must be received at least 30 days before this year’s program ends.

Now you are ready to apply! Login to your account:

The Alberta Student Aid System is routinely unavailable from 3 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Sundays.