Indigenous admissions

At NorQuest, you are part of something larger. You are part of a community who understands, honours, and respects both you and your culture. By removing barriers to education for Indigenous students, we are walking beside you, offering our support and encouragement, while you take the first step towards a new, fulfilling future.

No application fees or tuition deposits

To help remove financial barriers for Indigenous students, NorQuest waives both the application fee and tuition deposit for students who self-identify as Indigenous. This waived fee is automatically applied to your account when you complete the application process on ApplyAlberta.

For more information on how to apply to NorQuest College, please visit this page.

Indigenous admissions

Indigenous learners can always find a home in NorQuest programs. NorQuest holds space for Indigenous students in high-demand programs. This represents part of NorQuest’s commitment to Indigenous peoples, communities, and learners.

Indigenous peoples are often excluded from many professions and post-secondary education. By prioritizing Indigenous learners, NorQuest creates more opportunities for Indigenous peoples to take part in the post-secondary system. At NorQuest, Indigenous learners gain the education and training needed to live full and meaningful lives, succeed in the workforce, and model the way for future generations of Indigenous learners and leaders.

Grades, missing courses, or other hurdles can be overcome. The Open Admissions Pathways remove barriers to entry for learners who may not meet program admission requirements. This pathway allows students to begin their studies, earn credits towards their certificate or diploma, and earn entry into the program of their choice.

Holding space in popular programs

Many of our programs fill up quickly, such as the Practical Nurse and Social Work diplomas. By holding space for Indigenous applicants in these programs, we’re committed to creating an inclusive environment where you can learn, grow, and start a meaningful career.

While we do our best to hold adequate space in these programs, we still recommend you apply as soon as possible.

To learn more about the programs available at NorQuest, explore our programs and courses page. If you have questions about any of the programs, connect with a Student Recruiter at

Open Admissions Pathways

NorQuest’s Open Admissions Pathways helps you gain entry into select programs even if you don’t meet the admission requirement. By starting your educational journey in Open Studies and earning credits towards your program, you can fast track your post-secondary education and avoid upgrading courses.

Available programs:

  • Accounting Technician
  • Administrative Professional
  • Business Administration
  • Community Support Worker
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Learning and Child Care (certificate and diploma)
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Justice

To learn more about NorQuest’s Open Admissions Pathways, please visit this page.

Funding options for Indigenous students

Indigenous Legacy Access Bursary

Indigenous students who pursue an Open Admissions Pathway can also receive bursary funding to help cover the cost of their tuition and fees. The Indigenous Legacy Access Bursary provides self-funded Indigenous students with funding up to $2235 for a single academic year.

To apply for the bursary or if you have any questions, please contact

Advising on funding for Indigenous Learners

Do you need help navigating or accessing band funding? NorQuest’s Indigenous Student Advisors can help you understand the application process. They can also share other funding options that may be available to you.

Apply for your program today!

If you need assistance applying, connect with an Indigenous Student Advisor for one-on-one support.

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