Other Options

Aboriginal/First Nations Funding

If you are aboriginal/First Nations, you may be eligible for funding through your band, Oteenow Employment, the Metis Settlement, Metis Employment or Freehorse Family Wellness.

Find out more at the Indigenous Education Centre »

Advancing Futures Bursary

If you had a Permanent Guardianship Order (PGO) between the time you were 13 and 18 years old or have been in the care of custody of Alberta Children and Youth Services between the ages of 13 and 22, you might be eligible for the Advancing Futures bursary.

This funding will cover upgrading, certificate, diploma, applied degree and degree programs and is open to full- and part-time students.

Advancing Futures Bursary »

Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund

The aim of the Education Assistance Loan Program is to encourage and assist members, former members and recognized dependents of the Canadian Forces, Regular Component, in obtaining post-secondary education.

Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund »

Immigrant Access Fund

With a small loan, immigrants can fund an accreditation/training process that allows them to work in their chosen field.

Loans support internationally trained/educated professionals and tradespeople for a period of study and examination fees, or short-term training.

Immigrant Access Fund »

Lifelong Learning Plan

The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows you to withdraw amounts from RRSPs to finance training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. You cannot use the RRSP funds to finance your children's training or education, or the training or education of your spouse or common-law partner's children.

Canada Revenue Agency's Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) webpage »

Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) Bursary

Meant to encourage students to train for jobs that are in demand in northern Alberta, the NADC Bursary is a return service bursary of $6,000 per year for a maximum of two years and is offered to students in their final two years of post-secondary studies.

NADC Bursary »

The NADC Nurse Practitioner Bursary

The Nurse Practitioner Bursary is a return service bursary of $9,000 or $18,000 per year for up to 3 years. It is an incentive to encourage nurse practitioners to practice in northern Alberta upon graduation.

Nurse Practitioner Bursary »

Parent Employer Scholarships/Higher Education Awards

Many companies have scholarships/bursaries available for children of employees, e.g., the Higher Education Awards in the petroleum industry.

Parent/Grandparent Contributions

Part-time Earnings