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Financial Advising

Fall 2021 hours of operation

Lamb Learner Success Centre (MC221) is open and offering in-person and virtual services Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm. 

Foundational Learning funding is still available for English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading.

Please read eligibility and if you believe you qualify, contact funding@sait.ca to start the process.

The Lamb Learner Success Centre is here to help you figure out how to pay for your education. We can provide options and assistance with:

  • Foundational Learning funding for English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading
  • Alberta Student Aid (government student loan) qualifications for credit and apprenticeship programs
  • Canada Apprentice Loans
  • Canada-Alberta Job Grant inquiries
  • Information about other funding resources
  • General funding inquiries

Financial challenges during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional financial challenges to many students. Support is available.

If you're a current SAIT student experiencing financial hardship, we may be able to help. Please contact  early.alert@sait.ca.

External emergency funding options: 

Remember to contact your bank and other services for pandemic-related payment deferrals and other options. 

Foundational Learning

Foundational Learning funding is provided on a first-come, first served basis to qualified applicants. There are a limited number of funded seats available so it is highly recommended that you apply for funding 6 - 8 weeks prior to the start of your program. 

Learn more about Foundational Learning


Get your finances into shape

Invest some time in mastering your money. Start now with some quick tips from SAIT's Financial Advising team.

Get started with budgeting for school

School is an investment and, yep, it can be expensive. Knowing in advance what your expenses are and having a plan will help you avoid financial stress.

Additional funding options

Federal government registered plans (RESP, RRSP)

Check whether any of your family members have set up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) in your name or withdraw from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) as part of a Lifelong Learning Plan.

A student line of credit

Many financial institutions offer a student line of credit for those studying at a post-secondary level. For more information, visit financial institution websites and search 'student line of credit'.

Foundational Learning Program

Alberta Community and Social Services offer limited funding for eligible students enrolling in English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading through the Foundational Learning Program.

To discuss this program, contact a funding advisor in the Lamb Learner Success Centre.

Funding for Indigenous students

Indigenous students have access to many sources of financial support. We encourage all SAIT Indigenous students to explore these financial assistance opportunities available from the government, the community and private organizations that offer bursaries, scholarships and other awards specifically for Indigenous students.

Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending assists immigrants and refugees that have professional skills and knowledge from their country of origin but are facing barriers to employment in Canada in their field. They provide microloans of up to $15,000 to internationally trained immigrants so they can obtain their Canadian licensing or training they need to work in their field.

The loan can pay for exams, training, qualification assessments, professional association fees, books and course materials, living allowances and other expenses related to obtaining the Canadian licensing or training they need.

Canadian Armed Forces paid education and training

Find out how the Canadian Armed Forces will pay for your university or college tuition, reimburse members for educational opportunities and provide funding grants for projects related to defence and security policy challenges.

Veteran Affairs Canada Education and Training Benefit

Are you a Canadian Veteran looking to attend SAIT? Depending on your years of service, you could be eligible for up to $80,000 with the Veteran Affairs Canada Education and Training Benefit.

Student awards outside of SAIT

In addition to SAIT Student Awards, there are several external awards, scholarships and bursaries offered by the government and private companies for which SAIT students may be eligible.

Additional financial resources

Bills, bills, bills

Talking to your financial institution or service agencies when you are experiencing financial difficulties may be wise prior to having utilities shut-off or collection agencies contacted.

  • Electricity (Enmax): 403.310.2010
  • Telephone (Telus): 1.888.811.2323
  • Cable TV (Shaw Cable): 1.888.472.2222
  • Gas (Direct Energy): 1.866.420.3174
  • Alberta Consumer and Corporate Affairs: 1.877.427.4088
Clothing | household goods

Free or inexpensive clothing and household goods are available from:

  • Interfaith Thrift Stores Association
  • Salvation Army Thrift Stores
  • The Thrift Shop
  • Value Village Stores Ltd.
  • Women in Need Thrift Store
  • Walk In Closet (Free Interview Clothing)
  • Community Garden: 403.260.2600 ext. 227
  • Collective Kitchens: 403.275.0258
Courtesy phones/faxing

Phone use is available at SAITSA Resource Centre (MC107 Stan Grad Building) or Chinook Lodge (N108 Senator Burns Building). Faxing is available, at a nominal fee, through the SAITSA Resource Centre.

Emergency food and food box
  • Calgary Food Bank: 403.253.2059
  • SAITSA Food Bank: MC107 Student Resource Centre (all you need to bring is your student ID)

Good Food Box

Service for SAIT students and staff that provides fresh fruit and vegetables at a reduced price on a monthly basis. For more information or to place an order, visit the SAITSA office (MC107 SAITSA Resource Centre - 403.210.4323).

Free meal locations

Christmas hampers - registration recommended by mid-December

  • Salvation Army - Community & Family Services: 4 self-referral for families with children 12 years of age and under. Hampers include Christmas dinner and all the trimmings and a toy hamper is also provided: 403.410.1158

Emergency Housing

  • YWCA Emergency Shelter - 24-hour crisis line: 403.266.0707 | Shelter information line: 403.266.4111
  • YWCA Crisis and transitional housing facility - Mary Dover house phone: 403.263.1550
  • Calgary emergency women's shelter - 24-hour family violence helpline: 403.234.7233 | Shelter administration: 403.290.1552
  • Children's cottage - Brenda's house: 403.242.8575 ext. 0
Student legal assistance
  • Calgary Legal Guidance: 403.234.9266
  • University of Calgary: 403.220.6637
  • Legal Aid Alberta: 403.297.2260 | 1.866.845.3425
  • Lawyer referral service: 403.228.1722
Other resources

Contact Financial Advising

Experiencing financial difficulty? Need help managing your money and loans or budgeting while in school? Please come see us, we may be able to help.

Room MC221,  Stan Grad Centre  

Hours of operation

Days Times
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm

If you need to book an appointment outside of regular business hours please contact us directly at:  funding@sait.ca

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