Program Updates

Program Updates outlines the changes to the Alberta Student Aid program, systems and policies. Continue to visit this page to make sure that you are up-to-date on all changes and revisions.

2019-20 Academic Year

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship Application

The 2019-20 Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship online application will be available in early August.

Alberta Scholarships and Awards

All scholarship and award application cycles have been aligned to be effective in late fall of each year.

Canada Student Loan Program Changes

Interest Charges

As of November 1, 2019, interest will no longer accrue during the 6-month non-repayment Grace Period. Prior to this date, interest will accrue during the non-repayment period. This also applies to part-time Canada student loans.

Increase to the Income Thresholds and Maximum Caps used to calculate eligibility for:

  • Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students
  • Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students with Dependants
  • Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Students
  • Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Students with Dependants
  • Canada Student Loan Assessment for Student Contribution & Spouse/Partner Contribution

For more information, see the Canada Grants section:

Increase to the Eligibility Thresholds used to calculate eligibility for:

  • Canada Student Loan for Part-Time Students
  • Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment

The maximum amount students are eligible to receive for the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment has increased from $8,000 to $20,000 per loan year. This will help more students with disabilities afford the equipment and assistive services required for their studies.

Living Allowance Increased

There is an increase to the living allowances used to calculate eligibility for the 2019-20 school year. This amount is used by Alberta Student Aid as part of the calculation of your total costs.

Loan Agreements | Getting Your Part-time Loans & Grants - Effective as of June 10, 2019

Introduction of an electronic part-time student loan agreement. First-time applicants will now submit their Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) online, replacing the existing paper process. 

The MSFAA is a legal agreement detailing the terms and conditions of your part-time student loan. The new online process is convenient, secure, and will make it easier for you to receive your funding. 

For more on part-time studies, see: 

Workers’ Compensation Benefits (WCB)

Workers’ Compensation benefits will not be used to calculate the amount of student aid you are eligible to receive. You no longer need to tell us about any payments from the Workers' Compensation Board.

Student Contribution

The term ‘Ward of the Crown’ is replaced with the term ‘Youth in Government Care’ on the full-time application and other resources as it more relevant language. This change affects students who may be eligible for Special Independent Status.

If you have questions about the youth in care policy, see:

Alberta Children’s Services administers the Advancing Futures Bursary for youth who have been in government care.

Special Independent Status

Updates to the definition of Legal Guardian to clarify language for students.