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Foundational Learning Assistance Program

**Foundational Learning funding has been exhausted for the 2023-24 year.**

The Foundational Learning Assistance program provides financial support for Albertans in designated programs, on a first-come, first-serve basis to help complete their studies.


Eligible programs:

For complete eligibility requirements visit Foundational Learning Assistance.

Academic Upgrading  3 courses/semester
English Language Foundations 2 courses/semester
Indigenous Pathways program*  3 courses/semester
Employment: Must be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week

*Students taking the Indigenous Pathways program are only eligible for funding for with a 9 credit course load per semester. 

Academic Upgrading  1 or 2 courses/semester
English Language Foundations 1 courses/semester

A part-time student and their spouse/partner must not have combined net incomes (from line 23600 of their most recent tax return) that exceed the yearly income threshold levels.

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For each additional child add $5,000

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Do you require a reduced course load?

Foundational Learning Assistance students requiring a reduced course load, due to a permanent disability or medical condition must meet with Accessibility Services for assistance in starting the process.


Approved funding may include:

  • Standard educational costs – e.g. tuition, mandatory fees, books, supplies
  • Additional educational expenses (up to $525 per academic year) - e.g. computer hardware, software, internet access
  • Other exceptional expenses – (up to $1500 per academic year) – e.g. additional transportation costs, health, dental, optical costs not covered by insurance, special diets.
  • Monthly childcare costs – for dependent children under the age of 12, amount dependent on full-time or part-time funding and with or without receipts.
  • Standard living costs (Full-time funding only) – provided monthly determined by family size.

Before you apply

Before completing a funding application, you'll need the following ID and documentation. 

The first step in applying online for Foundational Learning Assistance is to create an account through MyAlberta Digital ID. This account will need to be a verified account not a basic account. To verify your account, you will require:

  • an Alberta driver’s license, or
  • an Alberta identification card.

A valid driver’s license or identification card is proof of residency in Alberta. Having a verified account ensures the personal information provided belongs to you.

** You will need to submit us proof that you have a verified account before a funding application will be requested.

Program plans are required to apply for funding at SAIT. This helps us to determine:

  • your academic goals
  • the courses you are required to take
  • How many terms are required to reach your goals.

To request a program plan, email the program in which you will be applying to inform them that you would like a program plan created so that you may apply for Foundational Learning funding.

Program contact information:

Academic Upgrading – You must apply, be accepted and have enrolled yourself into courses as shown on your program plan created with Academic Upgrading

Indigenous Pathways Program – You must apply, be accepted and enrolled (by the program) into your courses

English Language Foundations – You must be registered into your courses by the program. The courses in which you will be enrolled will be based upon either a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA minimum 4 in all categories), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS minimum band score of 3.5 in all categories), or an English Proficiency Placement Test.

Foundational Learning application dates and deadlines

Please pay close attention to the below Foundational Learning application dates. There are no exceptions.

English Language Foundations (ELF)


Foundational Learning application opens – New students only
(funding applications cannot be submitted until after this date)
Foundational Learning application deadline
(funding application must be requested by this date for advance tuition payment not to be required)
Spring 2023 (May 8) March 1, 2023 April 21, 2023
Summer 2023 (July 4) May 24, 2023 June 16, 2023
Fall 2023 (Aug. 28) June 28, 2023 August 11, 2023

Academic Upgrading (AU)/Indigenous Pathways Program (IPP)


Foundational Learning application opens
(funding applications cannot be submitted until after this date)
*Must be registered in all courses
Foundational Learning application deadline
(funding application must be requested by this date for advance tuition payment not to be required)
Spring 2023 (May 8) March 1, 2023 (on-campus and online synchronous delivery)
March 15, 2023 (online asynchronous delivery)
April 5, 2023
Fall 2023 (Sept. 5) June 28, 2023 August 8, 2023

Application process

AFTER you have been registered into your courses:

Email funding@sait.ca to request a Foundational Learning funding application. You must include a copy of your program plan and a screenshot showing your verified MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account. The screenshot needs to include your name and the account status with expiry. See example below:


Within 3 business days of your request (if ALL above requested information is provided), SAIT Financial Advising will request a funding application from Foundational Learning Assistance. We will notify you that the request has been sent.

Once Financial Advising sends the request for you to apply for Foundational Learning Assistance, you will receive an email from foundational.learning.assistance@gov.ab.ca to invite you to complete the funding application within 72 hours. Please check all folders in your inbox for the Foundational Learning Assistance email. (spam, junk mail and other inboxes)


To complete the application, you will require the below information:

  • Application ID number – This is included at the top of the email with the application link from Foundational Learning Assistance.
  • Your verified MyAlberta Digital ID account login information
  • Your Social Insurance Number
  • Your Alberta Student number (ASN) Look up or create your number.
  • Your direct deposit information (transit #, bank #, and account #)


Once you have submitted your complete funding application, a funding decision will be sent by email in 1-2 weeks. If you have questions about your funding application, you can contact Foundational Learning at 1-800-222-6485

Financial Advising tracks all Foundational Learning funding approvals directly from the Foundational Learning program. If you have been approved for Foundational Learning funding, Financial Advising will notify SAIT’s Office of the Registrar to delay tuition deadlines until funds are received.

Approved education costs (Tuition, mandatory fees, student association fees) will be sent to SAIT directly. All other costs will be deposited into the bank account that you provided on your funding application. It may be a one-time deposit or a monthly deposit depending on what has been approved.


Note: Funding applications are only requested by term (AU, IPP) or by level (ELF). You will need to complete a new funding application for each new registration.


Financial Advising

MC221, Stan Grad Centre, SAIT Main Campus


Monday - Friday | 8 am - 4 pm