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The provincial and federal governments provide student loans and grants to help you achieve your post-secondary educational goals. When you apply as a full-time student, you are considered for financial aid for both Alberta and Canada student loans and grants. Financial assistance is also available for students studying part-time.

  • Loans are determined based on your financial need, and you will repay them after you graduate or leave school - six months after your completion date you will be expected to start making payments. 

Full-time loans: Alberta and Canada
You could receive up to $7,500 per semester in combined Alberta and Canada student loans.

Part-time loans: Canada Student Loans
You could receive up to $10,000 in Canada student loans. Click here to access the Part-Time Application for financial aid

Follow the instructions provided with the application and give as much information as possible. A good resource for the student loan application is listed below under item number 3.

​IMPORTANT: There is only one NLC campus listed on the Student Aid Alberta online application. You must select "Northern Lakes College - Grouard Campus" regardless of the location you will be attending, including distance learners. 

How to Apply

It is recommended to apply at least two months before you will start school. 

Please visit the Student Aid Alberta webpage 'How to Apply' or follow this link:

  1. For this step you will need to create an account (for a full-time application) as the application is completed online. Part-time applications are completed on paper and mailed to Student Aid Alberta, you can find this application here:
  2. You will also need to verify your identity with two Alberta high school diploma level final marks.
  3. Complete the online application. A great resource is the "Student Loans and Grants Funding Guide 2016-17" found here:  You will also require: 
    • ​Your Social Insurance Number and Alberta Student Number;
    • Your program information (start & end date and fees) this is usually provided with your acceptance letter, or you can contact Admissions at​ or call 1-866-652-3456.
    • Your personal (and your spouse's, if applicable) financial information, this can be found on line 150 of your most current Tax Assessment. 

If you are unable to apply online, call:
Student Aid Alberta Service Centre
Toll-Free: 1-855-606-2096

Your application must be received at least 30 days before this year's program ends. The Student Finance System is​ unavailable on Sundays from 3 a.m. until 11 a.m.