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Student Awards and Funding Options 

If you have applied for Alberta student aid funding for Fall 2021, NAIT will be notified of your funding approval in early August. At that time you will receive an e-letter in your MyNAIT portal with additional details. If you are approved for Alberta student aid, you will not be dropped for non-payment.

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Most students rely on a blend of savings, income, government loans, and awards to cover the cost of school.

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year.

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Student Aid 

Government loans and grants can be a great option for students who need additional assistance covering tuition and living costs while attending post-secondary. Students enrolled in Apprenticeship, Degree, Diploma, Certificate or Open Studies programs may be eligible for financial aid options.

To be eligible for student aid, you must be a Canadian citizen, have permanent resident status or protected person status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

NAIT’s definition of a full-time student may not be the same as your loan provider. Please check your Loan provider’s website for their definition.

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Scholarships

Depending on the individual scholarship, other criteria may also be considered, such as volunteer work. The most important consideration for selecting recipients of scholarships is academic achievement.

Funds awarded to students who:

  •   Demonstrate excellent academic achievement
  •   Are enrolled in 80% or more of a full course load (current term and one of the previous two terms)

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Bursaries

Unlike loans, bursaries don't need to be paid back. Depending on the individual bursary, other criteria may also be considered, such as volunteer work. The most important consideration for selecting recipients of bursaries is financial need.

Funds awarded to students who:

  •  Are maintaining satisfactory academic achievement, although students who have a recorded failure or incomplete may still be eligible for bursaries
  •  Demonstrate financial need
  •   Are enrolled in 60% or more of a full course load (current term and one of the previous two terms)

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Application Deadlines

NAIT has different application periods for specific groups of students. The last day of an application period is the application deadline. You must submit your application by the application deadline to be considered for NAIT Scholarships and Bursaries.

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Entrance Students

Degree, Diploma, Certificate programs

There is one application period for entrance students. The September 8, 2021 to October 8, 2021 application period is open to students who are newly admitted to NAIT for the Fall term. 

  • September 6, 2021 to October 8, 2021

Continuing Students

Degree, Diploma, Certificate programs

There are two application periods (one for the Fall term and one for the Winter term) for continuing students. They are open to students who are continuing in a program at NAIT- this includes students who are undergoing program transfers.  

  • September 6, 2021 to October 8, 2021

  • January 3, 2022 to January 31, 2022

Apprenticeship Students

There are five application periods (intakes) for NAIT apprenticeship students. These intakes run continuously throughout the year.

  • Intake 1: August 30, 2021 to October 24, 2021
  • Intake 2: October 25, 2021 to December 17, 2021
  • Intake 3: December 18, 2021 to February 27, 2022
  • Intake 4: February 28, 2022 to May 1, 2022
  • Intake 5: May 2, 2022 to June 24, 2022
  • Apprentice full-year selection: August 30, 2021 to June 24, 2022

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Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries have a significant role in the educational success of more than 4,000 students at NAIT every year.

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship or bursary, NAIT’s staff are on hand to help you get started. We will discuss the following options with you

  • Type of Award: scholarships, bursaries, awards or prizes are available for disbursement.
  • Funding Options: awards may be funded by an annual gift, a pledge agreement or an endowment.
  • Selection Criteria: determine the eligibility of applicants for your award.

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Endowments

You can establish an endowment at NAIT by making a lump-sum donation of $25,000 or more.

That amount will be held in a long-term investment account, of which the residual is disbursed toward the scholarship or bursary

Learn more about endowments