ESL and Academic Upgrading Funding 

The Foundational Learning Assistance Program, formerly known as Alberta Works, provides funding for Albertans in designated full-time and part-time programs.  Advance Education determines learner eligibility and may include a monthly living allowance depending on full or part-time study status and a financial need assessment.

ESL and Academic Upgrading

Applications for the Foundational Learning Assistance program for the spring term are now closed. Check back here in late June for applications for fall and winter funding.

To prepare for your application, please  apply for a verified Alberta Digital ID. Please note that it may take up to 10 days to receive your verified digital ID. 

Please note that the government has discontinued the Training Provider Information (TPI)  Form. This means you do not need to complete this form  to apply for funding.

How to access funding for ESL and academic upgrading

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1. Determine your eligibility for funding

Get a head start exploring your eligibility for Foundational Learning Assistance funding. If you can answer "yes" to all of the following questions, you may qualify for funding:

  • Are you planning to attend ESL or Academic Upgrading at NAIT?
  • Do you have an Alberta address?
  • Are you a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or convention refugee?
  • Do you have limited financial resources? 

For complete eligibility criteria and forms, you can visit Alberta Advanced Education, Financial Support for Training.

2. Apply and be accepted to NAIT

Academic Upgrading

You must apply, be accepted, and have enrolled in classes. To be considered a  full-time Academic Upgrading student, you are required to be enrolled in 60% of a full-time course load (minimum of 2 classes). 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

You must have completed the NAIT ESL placement test. To be considered a full-time ESL student, you are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 20 hours of instruction per week.

If you require a reduced course load

Foundational Learning Assistance students requiring a reduced course load, due to a documented chronic or permanent disability, must have the appropriate approval from Alberta Human Services.

3. Complete the web form

Continuing Students – you are considered a continuing student if you have previously attended ESL or Academic Upgrading at NAIT and received Alberta Works funding within the previous 2 semesters. 

New Students – You are considered a new student if you are new to NAIT, or have attended NAIT but have not received Alberta Works funding within the previous 2 semesters.

Academic upgrading students must have enrolled in classes, and new ESL students must have completed the ESL Placement test.

Once you have been registered in the Foundational Learning Assistance Program system, you will receive a confirmation email or text message from the Foundational Learning Assistance program with instructions on how to apply for funding.

4. Apply for funding

Once you have completed the web form indicating you would like to apply for Foundational Learning Assistance, you will receive an email or text message from the Foundational Learning Assistance program with a link to the funding application.  You must have a verified Alberta Digital ID to access the application.

You can apply for funding up to eight weeks prior to the start dates of your Academic Upgrading or ESL classes.  Applying late may result in funding not being approved in time.

If you are experiencing difficulties or need additional support in completing the application,  please contact Alberta Supports at  780-644-9992.

5. Inform NAIT if your funding is approved

Once approved, please scan and email your Funding Decision Letter to  Financial Aid will review and determine if a sponsorship indicator can be applied to your account.

If you plan to scan and email your Funding Decision letter to NAIT, please note it can take up to 5 days to be processed.

Academic Upgrading students must inform NAIT of funding before the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped for non-payment.

ESL students  must inform NAIT of funding before the first day of classes.

6. While attending NAIT

If you have any changes to your situation, you must update the government by submitting a Change in Circumstance form.

Foundational Learning Assistance Program Contact Information

For questions regarding applying for Foundational Learning Assistance Program funding, contact Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992.

For information about your application after you have applied, contact the Learner Income Support Office (LISO)at 1-800-222-6485 or in Edmonton 780 427 3722

Learner Income Support Office Mailing Address:  Learner Income Support Office, Box 17000, Station Main, Edmonton, AB T5J 4R4

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