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Paying for Your Apprenticeship

Tuition and fees

Class Length Tuition SAIT Fees Saitsa Fees Total
4 Weeks $449 $197.80 $35.96 $682.76
6 Weeks $674 $197.80 $53.94 $925.74
7 Weeks $786 $197.80 $62.93 $1,046.73
8 Weeks $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
10 Weeks $1,124 $197.80 $89.90 $1,411.70
12 Weeks $1,348 $197.80 $107.88 $1,653.68

*Cook and Baker Apprentices will have an additional laundry fee of $75.00.


Campus recreation fee: $45.80
Lab and material fee: $77
Student technology fee: $37.50
Student support fee: $37.50

Keep in mind, you’ll need to purchase books or modules and other items for class — the average cost is about $600. 

Financial tips

As an apprentice, you will need to purchase books, modules, and other items for class — wait until classes begin before you purchase these as they are revised often.

Reduce expenses
  • Read community listings to find free events.
  • Meet friends for dessert or appetizers instead of dinner.
  • Create a meal plan for the week.
  • Take public transit instead of driving.
  • Have roommates and split your rent.
  • Shop at stores that offer student discounts.
  • Use Facebook, Skype, or FaceTime to stay in touch.

Track all spending for one month such as:

  • rent or mortgage expenses, including property taxes
  • utilities (electricity, water, heat, phones, internet, cable)
  • food, clothing and personal care
  • transportation (transit pass, car payment, insurance, gas, parking)
  • school expenses (tuition, books, mandatory fees and supplies)
Stay on track
  • Use cash whenever possible.
  • Use prepaid and refillable grocery cards, coffee cards, gas cards, etc.
  • Only use credit cards for emergencies or when cash isn't accepted.
  • Pay all bills on time to avoid interest and late fees.

Financial aid

Apprentices get to learn while they earn, but there are still costs to consider. There are many resources available at SAIT and federally to help support apprentices along their way.

Employment Insurance

Unlike other post-secondary students, an apprentice has the benefit of being able to collect employment insurance while in technical training classes.

Apply for employment insurance online no more than seven days before your last day of work. Apprentices should consult Service Canada, Employment Insurance for Apprentices, or 1.800.206.7218 for further details.

You will need an employment insurance reference code to access the apprentice application form. Please contact Office of the Registrar at 403.284.7248 for this information.

Be aware that you may not receive employment insurance payments for as long as four to six weeks after you start classes. Plan to have alternative financial arrangements in place during this time.

Canada Apprenticeship Loan (CAL)

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade may be eligible for up to:

  • $4,000 in loans per period of technical training
  • five funded periods of technical training
  • six years of interest-free status.

Find out more about Canada Apprenticeship Loans.

Registered Apprentices through AIT can apply for an Alberta Student loan as long as they are in a designated technical training program. Must be an Alberta resident for more than 12 months. 

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) and Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade may be eligible for up to $4,000 in federal apprenticeship grants to help you progress in, or complete your apprenticeship training.

An award of $1,500 is available to apprentices unemployed in their trade for at least 30 consecutive days prior to their training period and who are attending second, third or fourth-year technical training at an approved training provider. Make sure your information is up-to-date in MyTradesecrets

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training offer more than 250 awards of $1,000 and $1,500 to apprentices every year. Find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.

SAIT student awards

We offer many student awards in support of SAIT apprentices. Find out what SAIT awards you could be eligible for.

Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsored students are those for whom tuition and fees will be paid directly to SAIT by a department of the federal government of Canada, a department of the Province of Alberta, an Aboriginal band, or by a business or organization.

How do I get started?

  1. Meet with your sponsor to arrange sponsorship agreement details.
  2. Submit a SAIT application form with complete transcripts and the application fee. If the sponsor is paying for the application fee, a company letter indicating the billing address and/or a purchase order must also be included.
  3. Submit a sponsorship letter to the Office of the Registrar after you have been accepted into the program. The letter must indicate the company would like to register as your sponsor, confirm in writing the terms for your sponsorship such as the amount of tuition your sponsor will cover, the semester (time period) covered, and a contact number and billing address. A signed purchase order for services may be provided in lieu of a sponsorship letter. Do not include books and supply costs in the sponsorship letter — your sponsor should do this online. Note: The sponsorship will need to be renewed each term with a new sponsor letter or purchase order.
  4. Request that your sponsor contact the SAIT Bookstore at T.Koslowski@follett.com if they are covering the cost of your books and supplies. This is applicable if you are picking up your materials at the SAIT Bookstore or if you are ordering online.

Your sponsor will be invoiced in accordance with the conditions of the sponsorship agreement. Invoices are payable 30 days from the date of the invoice. Sponsor invoices not paid within the net 30-day term may be cancelled by SAIT and you'll be required to pay their outstanding fees or withdraw from your program.

Your sponsor may cancel their sponsorship via written notice 30 days prior to your course or program start date. Cancellations by either the sponsor or student are subject to the terms and conditions contained within SAIT’s administration policies, including cancellation fees.

A change in sponsorship resulting in a refund owing will be issued by cheque to the sponsor’s address on file.


Apprentice Financial Advising

Lamb Learner Success Centre
Stan Grad Centre, MC221

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