Applications for admission to the Alberta Foundation Program are closed. The program is under review.

If you have questions about the application process or the status of your application, please email for assistance.

Application process

When you apply to the Alberta Foundation Program, it is helpful to know which post-secondary program you are preparing for. This helps us develop your educational plan. Your post-secondary goal also keeps you focused on attending classes and doing well in your studies.

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. This program requires proof of CLB scores of 5 in at least 3 categories (with no skill under 4), an overall IELTS score of 4.0 (with no skill below 3.5), or equivalent.

The Duolingo English Test (online test) has been added as an option to demonstrate fulfillment of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for all preparation programs. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are delivering online at-home versions of their English language assessment tests. The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Test and IELTS Indicator test will be accepted in the same way as the regular TOEFL and IELTS tests are today. The tests, which will be available until testing centres reopen, are not available in all countries.

Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB-PT)

Scores of 5 in at least 3 categories (with no skill below a 4). This test is only available for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.


Duolingo English Test

Minimum overall band score of 55.



Overall score of 4.0 (with no skill below a 3.5).


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Minimum total score of 31.


Other ELP testing options are accepted. Scores are assessed on a case by case basis.

The application deadline for programs at MacEwan University is based on when you want to start your studies (the intake term). Check admission dates & deadlines to learn when you can start (fall, winter or spring/summer intake) and the last possible date to apply.

If you apply after a deadline has passed, your application fee is not refunded.

Online applications are processed through ApplyAlberta, an application service used by most post-secondary institutions in Alberta. You need to pay a non-refundable application fee to complete your online application.

Track your application and confirm admission

Throughout the admission process, you need to track your application and monitor the email account you used on your application to ensure you meet requirements and to respond to any requests for additional documentation.

After you apply, we send your Network ID to the email account you listed on your application. This is the username and password you use to log in to If you have not received your Network ID within two weeks of your application, contact the Office of the University Registrar.


myStudentSystem is MacEwan's online student enrolment system. Use myStudentSystem to track your application.

Once you receive an offer of admission or conditional admission, you must accept or decline the offer by the deadline. You log in to myStudentSystem to give your confirmation of admission.

If you are unable to access myStudentSystem from your location, contact the Office of the University Registrar for assistance.

Pay your admission confirmation deposit by the deadline indicated in your offer letter. This deadline is also posted in myStudentSystem. If you do not pay your deposit by the deadline, your offer of admission will be withdrawn.

Make a payment

There are several ways to make a payment.

Deposit receipts

When your payment for the admission confirmation deposit arrives at the university, a receipt is automatically sent to your MacEwan student email account. If you do not receive the receipt within two weeks, contact the Office of the University Registrar to inquire about the funds or your receipt.

Office of the University Registrar

Next steps

Students may be eligible to receive funding for the Alberta Foundation Program through the Government of Alberta. Please review the eligibility requirements for the Foundational Learning Assistance Program at the Government of Alberta website.

Note that you must be registered in classes before you can apply for funding. Funding is limited and not guaranteed.

Government of Alberta // foundational learning assistance

Visit our frequently asked questions about the new Foundational Learning Assistance Program.

Once you have received your login information, please contact our office by email and indicate your 7-digit MacEwan ID number and your goal post-secondary program (this can be a program at any institution you plan to attend after completing the Alberta Foundation Program).

Once you have confirmed your eligibility and are registered in classes, you must complete a funding information form and apply for funding through the Foundational Learning Assistance Program. 

More information is on the Tuition, Fees & Aid page.