Student Loans, Grants & Scholarship

College education is not cheaper anymore. Students, families, colleges and Government all know about it but everyone recognizes the advantages of post-secondary education. At Prairie Western College we recognize the struggle for individuals to pay for their post-secondary education and therefore the following financial aids to our students are available:

  • Student Loans & Grants (Government Funded)
  • Scholarship (College Funded)

For details please feel free to contact at or book an appointment by calling at (825) 733 1306 or (403) 454 0948.

You may want to bring your latest Notice of Assessment and some identification (Passport or Driving license) and Social Insurance Number.

Student Aid is a government service that provides student loans, grants, scholarships, and awards to help you pay for your post-secondary education. Student aid may not cover all of your costs, so you’ll need to plan to make up the difference.

You only have to submit one application to be considered for loans and grants from both Alberta’s government and Canada’s government. Most students get money from both, which means you may get two smaller loans instead of one big one. Learn more about scholarships and awards.

You should:

  • Apply early. The only way to know for sure how much money you’ll get is to apply and wait for your award letter. You should apply at least 60 days before your classes start so that you have time to figure out your finances.
  • Apply every year. You can apply for student aid for up to 12 months at a time. If your period of study is longer, you need to submit another application.
Student loans are interest-free while you study. You don’t make any payments while you’re a student, and they won’t acquire interest until 6 months after you leave school.

To qualify for student aid, you must:

  • maintain academic progress
  • meet residency or citizenship requirements
  • have financial need
  • be enrolled in a program approved by Student Aid

Use the Student Financial Assistance Estimator to predict roughly how much money you can get. Full-time student aid is calculated based on program type and financial need. Part-time student aid is calculated differently.

Full-time students need to create a Student Aid account to apply online. Use your account to access your inbox, where you’ll receive important messages from Student Aid.

For part-time students, this account is optional. You will also receive important messages by mail.

To create your account, you must verify your identity. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Verify your identity through MyAlberta Digital ID, using:
    1. an Alberta driver's license, or
    2. an identification card.
  2. Verify your identity through Secure Identity and Access Management System (SIAMS), using:
    1. two Alberta High School Diploma level official marks, or
    2. Alberta Student Aid Agreement Number or Canada Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) Number, or
    3. Alberta or Canada Cashed Loan Certificate Number (loans prior to 2013).
If you’ve never applied before and can’t provide any of the above information, you may still be able to apply online. However, you’ll have limited access to your account until you verify your identity.

You may view and download the 2020-21 Operational Policy and Procedures manual as a PDF.

Repayment Assistance Plan

Canada and Alberta Student Loans

You only have to complete 1 application. Apply online or print the paper application:

Alberta Student Loan Only

Call the Alberta Student Aid Service Centre. When you are ready to apply, complete and submit the application:

You may view Student AID Worksheet for application assistance.