The bursary provides financial support to low-income students studying in qualified high-demand programs in sectors identified in Alberta’s Recovery Plan that support Alberta labour market needs and industry demand.
The bursary will be available for three years beginning in the 2022-2023 loan year.
$5,000 Up to 1,000 bursaries are awarded annually.
- Students must be eligible for full-time student loan funding from Alberta Student Aid for the 2022-2023 loan year. See eligibility requirements for full-time students.
- Have a family income from the previous tax year that is at or below the low income threshold.
For more information see, Income Thresholds for Canada and Alberta Eligibility.
- Be enrolled in one of the following high demand programs at a publicly funded post-secondary institution in Alberta:
- Civil engineering
- Electrical and electronics engineering
- Engineering physics/applied physics
- Materials engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Industrial production technologies/technicians
- Computer engineering technologies/technicians
- Physical sciences
- Computer and information sciences,
- Information technology
- Computer science
- Data modelling/warehousing and database administration
- Airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician
- Airline/commercial/professional pilot and flight crew
The post-secondary institution must confirm a student’s enrolment in one of the above programs.
- Preference will be given to students attending a study period that is at least two semesters in length.
- Students enrolled in apprenticeship technical training, integrated training, pre-employment or non-credential programs are not eligible.
Recipients are selected from applications received for full-time student loans for the 2022-2023 loan year. A separate application is not required.
Alberta Student Aid will deliver the program and select recipients by looking at the pool of student loan borrowers who have completed applications for full-time loans for the 2022-2023 loan year and by applying the bursary eligibility criteria.
Recipients will be selected on a first come first serve basis, as there will be more eligible applicants than number of bursaries available.
An individual may receive a lifetime maximum of two scholarships. Recipients may hold other scholarships and accept remunerative assignments depending on the policy of the institution they attend.