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Student Loans

How to apply for student aid

Student aid is available to eligible students attending designated post-secondary programs. Once applications open, students can apply even before receiving program acceptance.

On your application use the NAIT school code:

Federal: BVAI
Out-of-province students, please use this on your government funding application

Provincial: 2221
Alberta students, please use this on your government funding application

Student aid resources

Applying in Alberta

In-province students can apply for financial aid through Student Aid Alberta. Student aid is awarded differently for full and part-time studies. Make sure you review your course load to know how to apply for funding.

Loan Eligibility

  • Full-time
    A student enrolled in at least 60 percent of a full-time course load; or a student with a permanent disability and approved through Learning Services to study at a reduced course load of at least 40 percent.
  • Part-time
    A student registered in less than 60 percent of a full course load.

Apprentice students

Apprentices can now apply for loans and grants through Student Aid Alberta if you are attending a designated technical training program in Alberta, including part-time funding for Weekly Apprenticeship Training (WATs) or Distance Delivery.

Check with your student funding provider

NAIT’s definition of a full-time student may not be the same as your loan provider, for example banks, government or other student funding sources. Check your Loan provider’s website to review your eligibility.

Getting your Student Award Letter

After your loan application is processed, you'll receive a Student Award Letter from Student Aid Alberta. In your letter, you will see your award for the upcoming academic year, when you can expect to receive your funds, and how your loan will be disbursed to you (for example, as a Canada Student Loan, Alberta Student Loan, grants, etc.).

Paying your tuition with your student loan

If you are approved for a loan through Student Aid Alberta before the tuition payment deadline, NAIT will electronically confirm your full-time enrolment and request that payment is sent directly from Student Aid Alberta.
If your loan does not cover the entire amount owing for tuition and fees, then you're responsible for paying the difference on or before the tuition payment deadline.

Out of province

Select your province or territory of residence to access the correct student loan application form.

Canada and international student aid

Apprentice students

If you're an apprentice registered in a Red Seal trade apprentice program there are also Canada Apprentice Loans available.

Canada Student loans

Your Provincial Student loans may consist of both Provincial and National loans.  To manage your Canada Student loans you can access the National Student Loans Service Centre.

International students

Funding options may be limited for International students. If you are receiving financial support through government sponsorship, please meet with an Academic Advisor at the Student Service Centre with the approved documentation prior to the tuition deadline.

For questions other than financial sponsorship, please contact NAIT’s International Centre.

Third Party Sponsorship

If your education is funded by a sponsor other than Provincial Aid or Alberta Works, you will need to follow the Sponsored Students process as noted under NAIT payment options.

Canada Job Grant

Your employer or potential employer can apply for the Canada Job Grant to provide training to upgrade your skills or help you develop new skills.

Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher

If you worked in the coal-fired electricity industry and were laid off due to the phase-out, you may be eligible for the Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher program.

If you have a voucher and wish to attend NAIT, please book an appointment with an Advisor in the Student Service Centre (CAT180) to discuss the process.