There are several government grant funding options available to students, with specific eligibility criteria for each client stream. In all funding streams, eligible candidates may be considered for grant funding as required to assist in funding training goals. Employment Insurance learners may also be eligible to receive regular EI benefits while in training. (The duration is based on original eligibility).
Alberta Works pre-screening begins September 19, 2016 for winter term 2017.
After applying, you MUST
see a Student Navigator BEFORE
the following deadlines* to apply for full-time or part-time Alberta Works funding:
- For initial pre-screening – October 21, 2016
- Funding submission deadline – November 4, 2016
As of April 1, 2016 Alberta Works requires training providers to submit a Training Provider Information Form with all applications.
**The dates and type of Alberta Works funding available are subject to change**
Employment Insurance (EI) Client Stream
Requirements to apply under this stream:
- you must have an EI attachment. This attachment can either be
- an active EI claim (if you are currently receiving EI or will be applying for EI), or
- a Reachback EI claim (if you have received EI in the past 3 to 5 years; 3 years for a regular claim and 5 for a maternity/parental claim).
- Other basic criteria must also be met to access this funding. This will be determined through an assessment conducted by NorQuest student advisors.
Non-Employment Insurance (Non-EI) Client Stream
To apply under this stream of funding, you must
- be able to demonstrate that you are financially disadvantaged and require training to obtain and maintain employment and
- also have been out of the regular school system for at least 12 consecutive months at some point in your education.
- meet other basic criteria to access this funding. This will be determined through an assessment conducted by NorQuest student financial advisors.
Part-Time Bursary Stream
To apply under this stream of funding, you must be able to demonstrate that
- your last years' income is below the eligible threshold and
- you need training to improve your employment status.
- you meet other basic criteria to access this funding. This will be determined through an assessment conducted by NorQuest student financial advisors.
Applying for Alberta Works Income Support (Grant Funding)
- Initial assessment: All prospective students will have an initial assessment to help determine whether they qualify for grant funding. Most students attend a funding information session for this initial assessment. Students in some programs will have their assessment completed under Item 3 below, "Referral to training," when they meet with a NorQuest student financial advisor. Call 780.644.6130 to find out which option is for you.
- Career study: Assistance is available from NorQuest's Student Career and Employment Services.
- Referral to training: Meet with a NorQuest student advisor to approve your training plan.
- Commencement of training: Training commences, and you enter "Service Management." This is your support system. It monitors your attendance and progress while you are in school.
- Completion of training: You successfully complete training and start looking for work.
- Follow-up: You will be contacted twice over a 6-month period, once at 3 months and once at 6 months, for a report on your job search or employment situation.
From the time you apply at NorQuest College, it can take from 6 to 8 weeks to receive funding. Apply early!