Obtaining Designation Status

For information on the designation of programs offered at Alberta publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and private career colleges, please see the relevant sections in this chapter.

All other types of post-secondary programs in Alberta and for educational institutions/programs outside of Canada, designation must be applied for by the educational institution or a student.  This is done by submitting a Request Designation Review form. Alberta Student Aid will notify the applicant of the designation request outcome approximately 6-8 weeks after receipt of the form. Post-secondary programs located outside of Alberta but within Canada must be designated by their own jurisdiction.

Note: Reviews can exceed the standard timelines in periods of high volumes and if additional information is required from either the student, the institution, or a jurisdictional partner.