Frequently Asked Questions - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Frequently Asked Questions

How is funding allocated?
What does the grant amount cover?
How is financial need calculated?
How are funding maximums determined?
Why are graduate studies in the social services program not eligible?
When can I apply for the bursary?
When and how do I learn of the decision?
If I do not receive funding for this bursary program, how will I know the reason for my unsuccessful application?
How do I receive the funding?
What allowable expenses does the grant amount cover and what receipts should I keep for reporting purposes?
Do I have to pay taxes on my bursary?
How do I apply for the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program?

How is funding allocated?

The Ministries of Children’s Services and Community and Social Services support Métis and Non-Status Indian students who have interest or are engaged in a social services program of study through the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program. The funding is intended to supplement resources for those students who demonstrate the greatest financial need as supported in the information provided in the application form.

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What does the grant amount cover?

  • The program provides funding to cover basic educational and living costs. Basic educational costs include tuition, mandatory fees and any books and supplies. Applicants’ living costs will be assessed based on the basic monthly cost of living in Alberta.
  • The amount of funding is determined by the applicant’s personal and financial information, circumstances and length of study period.

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How is financial need calculated?

  1. Funding is limited and grants are distributed according to the greatest financial need. This is determined by deducting allowable expenses from available resources.
  2. If the calculation results in a positive amount, then the student is eligible to receive a grant, up to established maximums.
  3. If the calculation results in negative amount, this indicates that the student has sufficient resources.

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How are funding maximums determined?

Bursaries are available for both full-time and part-time students. Applicants are eligible to receive up to the maximum amounts identified below:

 

8 Months
(2 semesters/year)

10 Months
(3 semesters/year)

Full-time, single, no dependents

$8,792

$10,990

Full-time, with dependents

$15,520

$19,400

Part-time, single, no dependents

$4,396

$5,495

Part-time, with dependents

$7,760

$9,700

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Why are graduate studies in the social services program not eligible?

The program has limited funding. To support the program’s objectives, funding is limited to diploma and undergraduate programs in the social services field.

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When can I apply for the bursary?

Bursary applications are accepted annually from January 1st to May 31st.

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When and how do I learn of the decision?

  • You will be notified by email if you have been selected to receive funding.
  • Applications are reviewed and selections are made in July.

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If I do not receive funding for this bursary program, how will I know the reason for my unsuccessful application?

  • The letter you will receive by email from the Bursary Administrator will indicate why the application was unsuccessful.

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How do I receive the funding?

  1. The bursary is granted in two installments: one in August (prior to the fall semester), and the other in December (prior to the winter semester).
  2. If you are enrolled in a tri-semester program, you will receive the greater portion of your grant in the second installment.
  3. Grant amounts are deposited directly into the student’s bank account – a direct deposit form must be completed. Please contact the Bursary Administrator if you need to update your banking information.

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What allowable expenses does the grant amount cover and what receipts should I keep for reporting purposes?

The grant should only be used for:

  1. School related expenses (i.e. tuition & mandatory fees, books, supplies, computer costs) and;
  2. Living expenses (i.e. food, clothing, personal care, transportation, rent/mortgage, basic utilities, phone, child care/dependents costs etc.).

Please retain invoices/receipts for these items excluding food, clothing and personal care items as they may be required for financial reporting purposes.

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Do I have to pay taxes on my bursary?

  • Bursaries are considered taxable income under the Income Tax Act, 1972 Canada. T4A slips are mailed every February to grant recipients.

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How do I apply for the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program?

  • Go back to our main page for complete information on how to apply.

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Modified: 2017-03-31
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