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Paying for Your Apprenticeship

COVID-19 update

With the health and safety of our students and employees top of mind, SAIT is following the Government of Alberta’s guidance specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please refer to the frequently asked questions at  sait.ca/covid19 for the most up-to-date information about your studies, and for the latest details on SAIT's pandemic preparedness measures.

Tuition and fees

Class Length Tuition SAIT Fees Saitsa Fees Lab & Material Fees Total
4 Weeks $420 $50 $35.96 $72 $577.96
6 Weeks $630 $50 $53.94 $72 $805.94
7 Weeks $735 $50 $62.93 $72 $919.93
8 Weeks $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
10 Weeks $1050 $50 $89.90 $72 $1,261.90
12 Weeks $1,260 $50 $107.88 $72 $1,489.88

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


Technology fee: $25
Student support fee: $25

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 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.

Student line of credit

A student line of credit allows you to borrow money from a financial institution to help you cover your expenses before you start receiving employment insurance cheques. Monthly interest payments are generally required on any balance carried forward.

Alberta student loans and grants

Loans and grants are available for apprentices registered in Alberta that are attending full-time technical training.

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.

Tax receipts

Students get tax breaks - be sure to get yours. Log on to mySAIT.ca to print a copy of your T2202A form.


Apprentice Financial Advising

Lamb Learner Success Centre
Stan Grad Centre, MC221

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