Continuing Education Funding

Students enrolled in non-credit programs have several funding options available to help cover the cost of tuition.

Funding and payment options

Third-party sponsorship

If your education is funded by a sponsor that is not Provincial Aid or Alberta Works, you will need to follow the sponsored students process as noted under NAIT payment options.

Continuing Education flexible payment option

We now offer a payment option that allows students greater flexibility in paying for their Continuing Education tuition. 10% is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable). The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. This video explains how to use the flexible payment option when registering for Continuing Education courses.

Grants and government programs

Canada-Alberta 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.

Canada Job Grant information

To qualify for funding, training must:

  • be 21 hours and over in length
  • be completed within one year of the program start date
  • be provided by a third party
  • not replace prior training investments
  • result in a record of completion, a mark, a certificate or an industry-recognized credential
  • Training can be done online, on-site and in the classroom. Classes can be part-time or full-time.

Application forms, instructions and frequently asked questions are available on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application Guide (pdf).

Please note: if you're unemployed and live in Alberta, the Canada Job Grant will now cover training costs for eligible unemployed hires up to $15,000. Please see the Canada-Alberta Job Grant webpage for more information. 

The Canada Training Benefit

The Canada Training Benefit works to give workers money to help pay for training, provide income support during training, and offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills relevant and in-demand.

Canada Training Benefit information

The Canada Training Benefit program includes: 

  • A new, non-taxable Canada Training Credit to help Canadians with the cost of training fees. Eligible workers between the ages of 25 and 64 would accumulate a credit balance at a rate of $250 per year, up to a lifetime limit of $5,000. The credit could be used to refund up to half the costs of taking a course or enrolling in a training program. 
  • A new Employment Insurance Training Support Benefit to provide workers with up to four weeks of income support through the Employment Insurance (EI) system. 
  • New leave provisions to protect workers’ ability to take time away from work to pursue training. 

Using the Canada Training Benefit: Simple and Straightforward

  1. Workers who identify a training course would discuss their plan with their employer, letting them know they’ll need a few weeks of leave to attend the course.
  2. Workers register for the course and provide their employer with proof of enrolment, so that the employer will know the leave is for training.
  3. Once on leave, workers would apply for the EI Training Support Benefit to take advantage of the paid training leave. Once the application is processed, they will start to receive up to 55 per cent of their average insurable weekly earnings, for up to four weeks.
  4. After completing the course, workers would return to work. When they file their income tax return, workers can claim up to half the fees against their Canada Training Credit balance.

Foundational Learning Assistance

Foundational Learning Assistance (formerly known as Alberta Works) provides funding for Albertans in designated upgrading and English Language studies programs. Advanced Education determines learner eligibility and may include Income Support depending on full or part-time study status and a financial needs assessment.

Learn more about Foundational Learning Assistance

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.

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