Need help paying for your tuition and fees? Investigate these options to see if you qualify. Also, consider scholarships and awards.
Canada-Saskatchewan Career Employment Services (CSCES)
Students may be able to access CSCES funding towards tuition, books and supplies. To complete the process required to determine eligibility, contact a local CSCES office before applying for admission.
Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act
The Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act provides fees and monthly allowances for approved educational programs for children of veterans whose deaths were attributable to military service.
Contact the nearest District Office of Veteran Affairs Canada.
As a Sask Polytech student, you can now fund school fees by converting Aeroplan® Miles through HigherEdPoints.com. Convert 35,000 Aeroplan® Miles and you receive $250 worth of credits at Sask Polytech. You can also convert the Aeroplan® Miles of family members and friends to help pay for school.
Anyone can donate their points to an individual student, or directly to Sask Polytech for students in need.
For more information and to set up an account, please visit www.higheredpoints.com.
Indigenous Student Emergency Bursary
These bursaries are intended to provide short-term financial assistance to students of Indigenous ancestry. Indigenous ancestry includes Indian, Metis and Inuit. These bursaries are valued up to $500.
Students must be enrolled in a program 20 weeks or more in length at any Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus. Students must also meet with a student advisor or counselor to review their application. A one or two paragraph explanation on how the funds will be spent must also be included.
Basic education students and apprenticeship students are not eligible for this bursary.
Veterans’ Education and Training Benefit
This benefit can provide Veterans with funding for post-secondary education. Veterans with six years of service may be eligible for up to $40,000 and Veterans with at least 12 years of service may be eligible for up to $80,000 to cover tuition, course materials, as well as some incidentals and living expenses.
Learn more about the Veterans’ Education and Training Benefit.
Full-time students may receive financial assistance under the Canada and Saskatchewan Student Loans Program. To qualify as full-time, students must carry at least 60 per cent of a full course load in each semester of a program that is at least 12 weeks long (at least 40 per cent of a full course load for students with verified disabilities).
Part-time students may receive assistance under the Canada Student Loans Program for Part-time Students. To qualify as part-time, students must carry 20 - 59 per cent of a full course load (20 - 39 per cent for students with verified disabilities). Part-time student loans are intended to help students meet tuition, books and miscellaneous costs, but not living expenses.
- What's new? (pdf)
- Financial assistance for adult learners (pdf)
- Financial assistance for Indigenous students (pdf)
- Financial assistance for students with disabilities (pdf)
Estimating Your Eligibility
You can estimate your eligibility for a full-time or part-time student loan by following the procedure below.
- Whether you are attending Saskatchewan Polytechnic on a full-time or a part-time basis, add together the number of credit units granted for each course you are registered in for the semester (credit units are available under each course on the program web page or in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic calendar).If the total number of credit units matches or exceeds the number of weeks in training, you are likely eligible for a full-time student loan. If the total number of credit units is less than the number of weeks in training, you may be eligible for a part-time student loan.
- If you are attending a program that is at least 12 weeks long, compare the total credit units to the total number of weeks that you are in training for the semester (based on the defined start and end date for your program's semester).
- If you are taking Continuing Education courses, count the number of calendar weeks between your earliest course start date and your latest course end date in the semester, to determine the total number of weeks that you are in training for the semester.
Note: If you have a break in study of 3 weeks or more, at any point during the academic year, you may not be eligible for a student loan.
Example: If your registered courses total 12 credit units and your weeks of training total 12, you may be considered full-time.
Contact Registration Services to confirm your full-time or part-time student loan eligibility.
Student loan application forms for the current year, for both full-time and part-time assistance, are available from www.saskatchewan.ca/studentloans.
Student Loan Repayment Webinar
The National Student Loans Service Centre offers a specialized webinar for students. To learn about repayments, ask questions, and gain clarification, simply click here to register and join a session using your computer or mobile device.