Paying for Your Apprenticeship
Tuition and fees
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- Cook and Baker Apprentices will have an additional laundry fee of $50.00.
- Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.
- Keep in mind, you’ll need to purchase books or modules and other items for class — the average cost is about $600. Don’t buy modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.
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.
- 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)
Use the Cost Calculator on sait.ca to see how much you will need each month.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Loans and grants are available for apprentices registered in Alberta that are attending full-time technical training.
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.
An award of $1,000 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 offer more than 250 awards of $1,000 and $1,500 to apprentices every year. Find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.
We offer many student awards in support of SAIT apprentices. Find out what SAIT awards you could be eligible for.
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
- Choose a Trade
- Apprenticeship and Pre-Employment Programs
- How to Become an Apprentice
- Why Choose SAIT for Apprenticeship Training
- How to Register
- Next Steps for Apprentices
- Paying for your Apprenticeship
- Apprenticeship Success Services
- Contact Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
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