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Learner Income Support Program

What is Alberta Works?

Alberta Works is a program designed to help Albertans get into the work force so they can provide for themselves and their families. Financial support may include any or even all of the following:

  • Tuition and books
  • Monthly living allowance
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Child Care Expenses

What Programs are eligible for funding through Alberta Works?

  • Academic Upgrading (Foundation levels 6-9)
  • College Preparation (Grades 10-12)

How do you know if you’re eligible?

If you can answer “yes” to all the questions below, you may be eligible:

  1. I am 18 years of age or older.
  2. I have been out of high school for the last 12 consecutive months.
  3. I am currently unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week making less than $20 per hour.
  4. I do not have any employment training or degree/diploma/certificate from a post secondary institution.
  5. I do not have the skills I need to obtain gainful employment, nor do I have an alternate source of income to meet the needs of my household.
  6. I am ready willing and able to attend training at this time with no outstanding personal issues. Child care, housing and transportation have all been arranged.
  7. I am not looking to upgrade courses I’ve already been given credit for.
  8. I have an employment goal and an academic plan that will help me get there.

How do you maintain funding?

You must:

  1. Attend all of your classes regularly. Documentation must be provided to excuse any absences. Once you accumulate 6 days of unexcused absences your funding will be withdrawn. If there are extenuating circumstances, make an appointment to see your Alberta Works Advisor as soon as possible.
  2. Follow your approved academic plan. You must discuss any changes to your plan with your Alberta Works Advisor. This includes things like adding or dropping a course, or taking a different course not listed on your plan.
  3. Achieve and maintain academic progression in all classes. In addition to passing all of your courses, you must receive a grade high enough to progress to the next level of training.

How do you get more information?

See a Student Advisor at the Office of the Registrar.