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:
- 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
Foundational Learning funding is still available for English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading. Please read eligibility and email email@example.com if you qualify.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
External emergency funding options:
Remember to contact your bank and other services for pandemic-related payment deferrals and other options.
Additional funding options
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.
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'.
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 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.
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.
Additional financial resources
Living in Calgary
Clothing and 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
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.
Free meal locations
- Calgary Drop-In Centre: 403.266.3600
- Calgary Urban Project Society: 403.221.8780
- Exit Community Outreach: 403.262.9953
- Feed the Hungry: 403.218.5532
- Inn from the Cold: 403.263.8384
- Mustard Seed: 403.269.1319
- Salvation Army: 403.410.1111
- Father Latour Native Pastoral Centre: 403.244.4248
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
- SAIT Residence
- Southern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association: 403.233.0969
- City of Calgary Affordable Housing: 587.390.1200
- Landlord and Tenant Programs & Services
- 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
- Child subsidy inquiries - Alberta Human Services: 403.297.6100
- General email inquiries: email@example.com
- General childcare subsidy inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Childcare lookup
- Childcare directory
- Calgary childcare providers
- Calgary day homes
- Alberta Family Childcare Association
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
Dealing with debt
- Credit Canada
- Money Mentors
- Credit Counselling Society
- Service Canada
- Office of the Superintendent Bankruptcy of Canada
- Managing your money
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
- SAIT Health Services on campus
- Sheldon Chumir, Mental Health Urgent Care: 403.955.6200
- Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
- Assured Income for Severely Handicapped: 403.297.8511
- Premium Subsidy Program: 310.0000/780.427.1432
- Women's Centre of Calgary: 403.264.1155
- Calgary Immigrant Women's Association: 403.263.4414
- Calgary Dream Centre: 403.243.5598
- Peer Support Services
- Neighbour Link: 403.290.1930
- Woods Homes Eastside Family Centre: 403.299.9696
- South Calgary Health Centre: 403.943.9300
- Distress Centre Calgary: 403.266.4357
- Recovery College: 403.297.1402
- Calgary Counselling Centre: 403.691.5991
- Alberta Health Services Indigenous Health Program: 403.955.6600
- Access Mental Health: 403.943.1500