How to Apply

To Register & Apply

Login to your Account:

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

    • Starting school after August 1, 2017 - apply by using 2017-18 online application.
    • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship applicants must use the current application.
    • Starting school before July 31, 2017 - apply by using 2016-17 online application.

Providing Parent / Guardian Access to Your Application & Information

Your parent(s)/guardian may want to assist with aspects of your student aid/scholastic awards. 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 or guardian 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 service hosted by your school to create/verify your account in the Students Finance System (SFS).

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.
    • If you applied to your school through ApplyAlberta, you already have an account. Use the same Username and Password to access your Student Aid account

Step 2 - Verify your Identity

You need to provide personal information to verify your identity before you can apply. Choose one of the three options below:

1. 2 Alberta High School Diploma Level Official Marks

2. Alberta or Canada Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement Number

3. 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 may still be able to apply online. However, you will have limited access to your account until you verify your identity.

Step 3 - Complete the Application 

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

Funding Guide 2017-18

Keep Your Information Secure

It’s important that you take precautions to 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 2017-18

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)
    • Your ASN can be found on your Alberta high school transcript

    • If you do not have an ASN, you can request one

Program Information

  • Start and end dates of your school year
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Books, supplies and instruments costs

Studying Outside of Alberta

To avoid funding delays - check with your school to ensure you enter your program exact start/end dates and school costs on the application.

Financial Information

  • Your line 150 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 150 from last year’s income tax return

Dependent students need to provide line 150 of a parent/guardian income tax return to be considered for Canada/federal loans and grants and the Alberta Low-Income Grant.

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

Your application must be received at least 30 days before this year’s program ends.

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

The Students Finance System is routinely unavailable from 3 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Sundays.