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ESL and Academic Upgrading Funding 

Alberta Works - Foundational Learning program (formerly Skills Investment Program) provides funding for Albertans in designated Full-Time and Part-Time programs. Advanced Education determines learner eligibility and may include Income Support and health benefits depending on full or part-time study status and a financial needs assessment. 

ESL and Academic Upgrading

If you are planning to attend NAIT and enrol in ESL Level 1 to 6 or Academic Upgrading courses, you may be eligible for some funding options.

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Determine your eligibility for funding

Get a head start exploring your eligibility for Alberta Works. 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?
  • Have you been out of high school for 12 consecutive months?
  • 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.

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 a minimum of 18 hours of instruction per week.

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

Alberta Works funded students requiring a reduced course load, due to a documented chronic or permanent disability, must have the appropriate approval from Alberta Human Services

Attend an information session

As part of the Alberta Works Learner Income Support application process, students must submit a completed Training Provider Information form along with any other forms required for the application.

Students who register and attend an information session will be eligible to receive a Training Provider Information form from NAIT. However, the government determines funding eligibility.

If you arrive late or fail to attend the information session, you will not receive a Training Provider Information form and will have to re-register for a later date (if seats are still available).

Register in an Alberta Works Information Session

Sessions are organized into Continuing Student and New Student sessions.

  • Continuing Student sessions are for NAIT students enrolled in the present or immediate upcoming term at NAIT with approved Alberta Works funding.
    • Register for a Continuing Student Information Session (sessions are now closed)
  • If you are not a Continuing Student as defined above, you will enrol in the New Student session

Academic upgrading students must have enrolled in classes, and new ESL students must have completed the ESL Placement test to avoid being dropped and losing their seat.

If dropped from an information session, you will need to complete the requirements (enrol in academic upgrading/ESL Placement test) before registering again (if seats are available). 

Only enrol in one session.  Multiple registrations will result in cancellation.

Apply for funding

You may apply for Alberta Works funding no sooner than five months before the start date of the training. You can apply online at My Alberta Supports or print and complete the paper application at Financial Support for Training.

  • Apply early as it can take up to 8-weeks to assess an application. Applying late may result in funding not being approved in time.
  •  If you apply online, you will need to mail the completed application declaration form, Training Provider Information form, as well as any other documents or forms identified in the Next Steps document posted on your My Alberta Supports portal.
  • If applying on paper, you will need to mail the original application along with any other required forms and the Training Provider Information form as outlined on the website.
  • If you are having any difficulties completing the application (either online or on paper) you can refer to the Learner Income Support Application Instructions (found under How to Apply).

Inform NAIT if your funding is approved

Once approved, you must bring your Funding Decision letter into The Student Service Centre or scan and email it to financialaid@nait.ca. NAIT 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: Inform NAIT of funding before the first day of classes.


While attending NAIT

Alberta Works Contact Information

For questions regarding applying for Alberta Works 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