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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

Application Process

Recipients are selected from applications received for full-time student loans for the 2022-2023 loan year. A separate application is not required. 

Selection Process

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.