How much are my parents (or step parent) expected to contribute?

Although contributions based on parental income are not required by Alberta Student Aid, you must report any money you expect your parents will voluntarily provide.

If you are a dependent student, the Canada Student Financial Assistance Program expects your parents to help pay for your education. The amount they are expected to contribute depends on their income, the size of your family, and how many children are pursuing post-secondary studies.

The federal government provides a Parental Contribution Calculator tool to help students and parents estimate expected contributions.