What You Contribute

Student aid is meant to supplement, not replace, your own resources. The amount of student aid you are eligible to receive may not cover all your costs.

If you discover there will be a gap in the amount of funding you need and what you are eligible to receive, you are responsible to make up the difference. How you plan to make up the difference is up to you. Some students work part-time, others find ways to reduce their living costs (e.g. living with roommates). Whatever you choose to do, it's important to plan ahead.

To determine how much funding you are eligible to receive, we ask you about your financial resources. This is money that we expect you to use towards the cost of your education.

Monthly Resources

You DO NOT have to tell us about:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  • Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
  • Savings
  • Registered Investments (RRSPs, TFSAs, or LIRAs) 
  • Salary, Part-time Earnings, Tips
  • Canada or Alberta Child Benefit
  • CPP Children’s Benefits
  • GST/Income Tax Refunds
  • Workers' Compensation Benefits (WCB)
  • Stipends from Assistantships

Tell us about:

  • Voluntary Contributions from Parents (including RESPs) 
    • Divide the total contribution for the year by the number of months you will be in school 
  • Alimony and/or Child Support you receive 
  • Employment Insurance 
  • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) 
  • Alberta Works Income Support Benefits
  • Indigenous Services Canada/Band Funds 
    • Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)
    • Métis Nation Post-Secondary Education Strategy
    • Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy to eligible First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students
  • Income from Other Sources
    • Retirement Pensions, net rental property income, business income 

Additional Resource Information

Tell us about:

  • Non-Registered Investments 
    • Mutual Funds, GICs, stocks, bonds, ETFs in non-registered accounts 

  • Scholarships/Bursaries/Fellowships 

  • Annual Resources Targeted To Your Education Costs 
    • Gifts or contributions from individuals other than your parent(s)

Flat Rate Contribution

You are expected to contribute to the cost of your education. Alberta Student Aid expects students to contribute $1,500 toward their post-secondary education each loan year.

There is no expected contribution if you are:

  • a single parent, or 
  • receiving Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), or 
  • receiving Alberta Works Income Support Benefits. 

You can request to have the $1,500 expected contribution waived if you are receiving Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits or if received Income Support anytime during the 4 months prior to your period of study start date. Login to your account to submit a Request for Review.

What You Contribute - Canada Student Loans Assessment

The resources used by Canada student loans to calculate your eligibility are slightly different from the resources used by Alberta Student Aid.

To receive Canada loans and grants, you must be eligible to receive at least $1 using the Canada student loan assessment.

Canada Student Loan Assessment Resources

Used as a Resource:

  • Parental Contribution based on income 
  • Scholarships/Bursaries/Fellowships
    • $1,800 exempt

Not Used as a Resource: 

  • Income Support for you or your spouse/partner
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada/Band Funds 
  • Income from Other Sources
    • Retirement pensions, net rental property income, business income 
  • Child Support/Alimony you receive

Student Contribution – Canada Student Loans

The Canada Student Loans Program does not expect students to contribute financially towards their post-secondary education for 2020-21. There is no minimum contribution expected from you. 

There is also no expected contribution if you:

  • have a dependent, or
  • have a permanent disability, or
  • are a current or former Youth in Government Care (foster or kinship care), or
  • have declared Indigenous Status

The Canada Student Loans Program does consider scholarships and bursaries, and contributions from parents to help determine your eligibility for Canada Student Loans and Grants.

Family Contributions

If you are a dependent student, Canada student loans may calculate an expected contribution from your parents. 

Changes to Income
If your parent(s) expects their annual income from all sources (work, government, or other) to be lower than the Total Income they reported on line 15000 of their 2019 income tax form, you can enter an expected reduced yearly income.

Parental Contribution

If you are a dependent student receiving funding based on the Canada student loan assessment, you can estimate what your parents are expected to contribute using the online calculator:

Spouse/Common-Law Contribution

The Canada Student Loans Program does not expect spouses/common-law partners to contribute financially towards your post-secondary education for 2020-21. There is no minimum spouse/partner contribution expected from you.

No contribution is expected from spouses/partners who are full-time students, in receipt of:

  • Alberta Works Income Support Benefits,
  • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH),
  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits or Employment Insurance (EI Benefits).