Upgrading/ESL/Certificates

If you are accepted to University Preparation, English as an Additional Language (ESL) or 89-Level courses and wish to study part time, you may be eligible for Alberta Works Income Support Program for Part-Time Training, the Advancing Futures bursary or a student line of credit through a bank or credit union.

Alberta Works Income Support 

The Alberta Works Income Support Program provides financial support for adult residents of Alberta who are attending part-time training.

The part-time initiative is designed to assist:

  • low-income, employed Albertans who require further skill development to maintain employment, increase earnings and to be self-sufficient
  • low-income, unemployed Albertans who are employment-destined and assessed as unable to participate in full-time training and will benefit from part-time training.

Eligible students will receive a Skills Investment Bursary (SIB) to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies, transportation and child care (if applicable).

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.

Student Line of Credit

If you do not qualify for the Alberta Works part-time grant, your other option is to apply for a student line of credit through a financial institution.