Overview

Student Aid provides loans and grants from both Alberta’s government and Canada’s government. You only have to apply once to be considered for both.

Using the information you give us on your application, Student Aid calculates how much money you can get from each source. We base our calculations on the policies set by both Alberta and Canada.

Learn more about the details of the two sources of student aid.


Full-time loans

Student loans help you pay for tuition, fees, books and living expenses. Student loans are like any other loan: you eventually need to pay them back.

You only submit one application, but you may receive loans from Alberta and Canada. This means you have two separate debts to repay.

Student loans are interest-free while you’re in school, and you don’t need to start paying them back until 6 months after you leave school.

Who can get full-time loans?

Loans are for students enrolled in certificate, diploma, undergraduate and graduate programs at designated post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility for loans depends on financial need, resources and other factors.

How much money can I get?

There are limits to how much money you can get. The majority of students can receive up to $7,500 per semester in combined Alberta and Canada student loans.

To estimate how much money you’ll get, use the Student Financial Assistance Estimator.


Full-time grants

Grants are free money, which can also help cover your educational costs. Grants don’t have to be repaid unless your eligibility changes.

Who can get full-time grants?

Grants are for students with special circumstances including, but not limited to, students from lower income families and students with permanent.

You’re automatically considered for grants based on the information you provide on your application.

List of full-time grants

Below is a list of all the grants full-time students are automatically considered for.

If you qualify for a grant, Student Aid tells you in your award letter.

To estimate how much money you’ll get, use the Student Financial Assistance Estimator.

Grant

Value

Who it’s for

Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities

Up to $3,000/year

Students with permanent disabilities who need financial support for services and equipment

Alberta Student Grant for Full-time Students

Up to $375/month

Students whose yearly income is below the numbers set by the Alberta government

Alberta Maintenance Grant

*amalgamated into Alberta Student Grant for full-time students. You may be eligible for this grant if your period of study begins on or before July 31, 2020.

$3,000-4,500/semester

Students who are financially responsible for a child, parent, spouse/partner, or another adult

Canada Student Grant for Full-time Students

Up to $750/month

Students whose yearly income is below the threshold set by the Canadian government

*this grant has been increased from $375 to $750 per month of study to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada Student Grant for Full‐Time Students with Dependants

$400/month

Students with dependants under the age of 12, or 18 and with a permanent disability

*this grant has been increased from $200 to $400 per child, per month of study, to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Up to $20,000/year

Students with permanent disabilities who need financial support for services and equipment

Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

$4,000/year

Students with permanent disabilities

*this grant has been increased from $2000 to $4000 per loan year to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Skills Boost Top-Up to the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students

$200/month

Students who have been out of high school for at least 10 years

Losing grant money if your situation changes

There are circumstances where you have to pay back some or all of your grant money. This is called grant overpayment.

This happens when your living or education situation changes and you are no longer eligible for the grant. In this case, Student Aid converts the money into a loan.

The most common reason students have grant overpayments is because they drop classes and are no longer eligible for full-time grants.

  • If you withdraw from classes within 30 days of your start date all your grant money will be converted to a loan 

  • If you withdraw from classes more than 30 days after your start date
    Student Aid will determine how much of your grant money will be converted to a loan.

Grant overpayments can also happen if:

  • you contact Student Aid to report a change in your personal information that reduces your financial eligibility.
  • you complete your application incorrectly.