Alberta Student Aid Supports
The Government of Alberta is committed to supporting students during this time. There is no change to the application process. If you want to apply for student aid, login at studentaid.alberta.ca.
Before you apply, check with your institution to ensure your program is still available.
Learn more about post-secondary supports for students during COVID-19 on alberta.ca.
Applying for Student Aid
The Government of Alberta will not use Canadian Government emergency benefits as a resource on student's applications. You do not need to disclose these benefits:
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
- Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
Applying for Scholarships
All 2020-2021 scholarship and award applications including the Rutherford Scholarship are now available.
Due to course interruptions, many high school and post-secondary students may receive a pass/fail mark for the 2019-20 winter semester and the upcoming school year.
To help high school students achieve an Alberta Education Credential, Alberta Education has made the following program changes:
- A school awarded mark will be used to determine all, or part, of the official diploma course mark on the Alberta High School Transcript of Achievement.
- Introduced three new course codes to enable principals to recommend credits for courses students are unable to complete remotely.
Additionally, school closures and changes to grading systems in other national and international jurisdictions may have also impacted scholarships and awards provided to Albertans.
Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship
Alberta Advanced Education will assign a 90 per cent grade to the three new course codes introduced by Alberta Education. These courses can be used to determine eligibility for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year.
Dr. Ernest and Minnie Mehl Scholarship | Rutherford Scholar
Alexander Rutherford Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive these two awards. Students who have completed their diploma exams are eligible for this award for the 2020-2021 school year.
Jason Lang Scholarship
Students must have received a minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average in the 2019 Fall Term, AND have received a pass mark for all courses completed in the 2020 Winter Term (based on an 80% full-course load in the 2019-2020 academic year).
If institutions assigned a Grade Point Average in Winter 2020, students are eligible for the Jason Lang scholarship as usual.
Alberta Graduate Students Travel Incentive
This grant program is suspended for the 2020-21 Academic Year.
Students in Repayment
The Government of Alberta is committed to providing financial relief during the pandemic.
As information will be posted as it becomes available, please check this webpage often for updates.
Spring 2020 Repayment Pause
To provide immediate financial relief to student loan borrowers, Alberta and Canada student loan repayments and interest charges were suspended for 6-months from March 30 to September 30, 2020.
Paused student loan repayments and interest charges will resume on September 30, 2020. This applies to borrowers in good standing and those in collections.
Alberta Student Loan Supports
We recognize that some borrowers may still be facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, and continue to support borrowers with flexible repayment terms and the Repayment Assistance Plan.
If you are having difficulty repaying your Alberta student loans, please contact Alberta Student Aid Service Centre to explore the repayment options and supports available.
Canada Student Loans
For more information on your Canada student loan, sign-on to your National Student Loans Service Centre account.
If you have further questions, call the Alberta Student Aid Service Centre. Please note we are currently receiving high call volumes, and callers may experience longer than average wait times.