Canada Grants

When you apply, you are automatically assessed for eligibility for loans and grants. There are grants provided by Alberta Student Aid and grants from the Canada Student Loans Program.

Canada Student Loan Program Grants

Canada Student Grant for Full-time Students

To be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students, you must:

  • apply and be eligible for student loans, and have $1 of assessed federal financial need; and
  • be pursuing full-time studies leading to an undergraduate degree, certificate, or diploma in a program that is more than one year in length at a designated school.

Use the Income Threshold Chart below to determine your eligibility for the Canada Student Grant:

  • Eligibility is based on family income (Line 150 of 2017 income tax form or Expected Reduced Yearly Income on the application) and family size.
  • The maximum amount awarded is $375 per month of studies for income equal to or below the income amounts below in column (A).
  • The grant amount per month gradually decreases as income increases, with the rate of reduction varying by family size. Eligibility for the grant is cut-off when family income is equal to or greater than the income amount in column (B).

Income Threshold Chart (CAN$) 

Family Size (A) Family Income Threshold
Maximum grant amount

(B) Family Income Threshold
 Grant cut-off

1 person 30,600 62,113
2 persons 43,275 86,880
3 persons 53,001 103,677
4 persons 61,200 114,017
5 persons 68,424 123,571
6 persons 74,955 132,647
7 persons
or more
80,960 140,484
Family Income is determined from Line 150 of 2017 income tax form or
from the Expected Reduced Yearly Income on the student's application for student aid. 

 

Skills Boost Top-Up to the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students

Students who receive the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students may receive a Skills Boost Top-Up Grant. This grant is available for students who have been out of high school for at least ten years before their program start date and are entering full-time post-secondary studies to retrain or increase their skills. The amount of the grant is $200 per month of studies. 

Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants

To be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students with Dependants you must:

  • have at least one dependant under the age of 12 at the start date of studies, or 12 years of age or
    older requiring daily care due to a permanent disability,
  • have a family income that is equal to or below the Low‐Income Threshold, and
  • have applied for full‐time student aid, and demonstrate at least $1 of assessed federal calculated need.

Eligibility for the Canada Student Grant is based on family income (Line 150 of 2017 income tax form or Expected Reduced Yearly Income) and family size.

Use the Income Threshold Chart below to determine your eligibility for the Canada Student Grant For Full-time Studies with Dependents:

  • The maximum amount awarded is $200 per month of studies for each dependant for income equal to or below the income amount in column (A). 

  • The grant amount per month gradually decreases as income increases, with the rate of reduction varying by family size. Eligibility for the grant is cut-off when family income is equal to or greater than the income amount in column (B).

Income Threshold Chart (CAN$) 

Family Size (A) Family Income Threshold 
to receive maximum grant amount 

(B) Family Income
Grant Cut-Off

2 persons 43,275 86,880
3 persons 53,001 103,677
4 persons 61,200 114,017
5 persons 68,424 123,571
6 persons 74,955 132,647
7 persons 
or more
80,960 140,484
Family Income is determined from Line 150 of 2017 income tax form or
from the Expected Reduced Yearly Income on the student's application for student aid. 


You do not have to receive the Canada Student Grant for Full‐time Students to be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants.

If you are eligible, your grant would be calculated as $200 per month of study, per eligible dependant.

If you apply for one semester you will receive 100% of your funding at the beginning of your study period.

If you apply for more than one semester: 

  • 50% is disbursed at the beginning of your study period 
  • 50% is disbursed at the midpoint of your study period
  • Disbursements of the Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants cannot be moved to earlier in the study period.  

Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is provided to address the financial need of students with a documented permanent disability. It can be granted once per loan year. To be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities, you must:

  • be a full-time student
  • have a documented permanent disability,
  • complete a Schedule 4, and have it approved by an authorized official,
  • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal funding, and
  • have at least $1 of federal calculated need.

Students must submit documentation with the Schedule 4 that describes the permanent nature of the disability, for example:

  • a medical certificate
  • a learning disability assessment
  • a document proving that the applicant is in receipt of federal and/or provincial disability assistance (e.g., Canada Pension Plan – Disability documentation or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped documentation)

If the student receives this grant for one year, in subsequent years that student will not have to provide documentation describing the type of permanent disability or submit a new Schedule 4. The student will only have to:

  • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal funding, and
  • have at least $1 of federal calculated need.

If you are eligible, you could receive $2,000 per loan year, in addition to your loan eligibility.

Part‐time students may also by eligible for this grant, if they meet federal part‐time eligibility criteria.

If you apply for one semester you will receive 100% of your funding at the beginning of your study period. 

If you apply for more than one semester:

  • 50% is disbursed at the beginning of your study period
  • 50% is disbursed at the midpoint of your study period
  • Disbursements of the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities will not be moved to earlier in the study period.

 

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities grant is designed to support exceptional education‐related costs associated with the student’s permanent disability. For a list of costs that may be covered by this grant, see the Permanent Disability Chapter in the Student Aid Operational Policy Manual.

To be eligible you must:

  • have a documented permanent disability,
  • complete a Schedule 4, and have it approved by an authorized official,
  • meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal funding, and
  • have at least $1 of federal calculated need.

You need to submit the following with each new application for financial assistance for which this grant is being requested:

  • The services and/or equipment being requested, along with costs, must be listed on the Schedule 4 or attached.
  • Documentation that describes the need for services and equipment due to the particular type of disability must also be included, if not previously provided.

Students applying for this grant for the first time must submit documentation that describes the permanent nature of the disability, for example:

  • a medical certificate
  • a learning disability assessment
  • a document proving that the applicant is in receipt of federal and/or provincial disability assistance (e.g. Canada Pension Plan – Disability or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped documentation)

The maximum amount of Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities is $8,000 per loan year (not to exceed the costs of the services and/or equipment required).
This grant money is disbursed at the beginning of the study period. By the end of the study period, you must provide receipts to show that the services and equipment grant was used for its intended purposes for the study period. Any unused or undocumented grant funding must be returned or it will be considered overpaid.

Part‐time students may also by eligible for this grant, if they meet federal part‐time eligibility criteria.

If you are a full‐time student and not eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities or if you have disability related transportation costs, you may be eligible for the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities.