Student loans/government funding
There are a number of forms of funding available through the provincial and federal government, including student loans, grants and bursaries.
The toughest part of the application process might be determining what kind of funding to apply for. Since there are different categories of funding available, depending on the program and/or course load you will be taking, it's important to determine whether you should apply for full-time, part-time or Skills Investment/Alberta Works funding.
If you are not sure which type of funding you should apply for, please contact the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office for assistance.
Full-time student loan/grant fundingFor more information, check out our full-time student loan/grant funding FAQs.
In order to qualify for a full-time student loan (government funding):
- You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) or have Protected Person status under Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. If you have a study permit please visit the International Students page for more information on how to fund your education.
- You must be enrolled at least 60% of a full course load in a post-secondary program which leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate or one of our Occupational Diplomas & Certificates through the Faculty of Continuing Education.
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- At Mount Royal, 60% of a full course load for the fall and winter semester is normally equal to at least three university-level courses and minimum of nine credits each semester.
- Open Studies is not recognized as leading to a credential. While in Open Studies you are only eligible to receive student loan funding for twelve cumulative months. You also need to know that time spent in Open Studies will count as the first year towards your intended program for loan purposes.
If you are enrolled in less than a full-time course load, as outlined above, please see the part-time student loan/grant funding section below.
Aviation students taking flight training components at MRU are now eligible for loan funding, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Aviation Training Form is a requirement for funding.
Part-time student loan/grant fundingFor more information, check out our part-time student loan/grant funding FAQs.
In order to apply for part-time government funding:
- you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant).
- International students should visit the International Students page for more information on how to fund their education.
- you must be enrolled in at least 20% and no more than 59% of a course load which is defined by the following criteria:
Part-time funding is income based so you must demonstrate financial need based on last year’s income.
Skills investment/Alberta Works fundingSkills investment/Alberta Works funding provides financial assistance for learners in the following programs:
- English Language programs
- Transitional Vocational Program (TVP) / Employment Preparation Program
- Aboriginal Education Program