Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advancing Futures office is closed to walk-ins. The Advancing Futures team continues to work to support our students remotely. The Advancing Futures contact page provides contact information and email addresses for the Program Coordinators.
Application forms and other documentation must be emailed to [email protected] or to the appropriate Program Coordinator.
For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Students should watch their email inbox for updates from the Advancing Futures program and their Program Coordinator. Program Coordinators remain available to support students.
As a reminder, all funding provided by Advancing Futures is taxable. T4As were mailed to students in February. Students who have not received their T4A from the Government of Alberta by mail should look on their MyCRA Account for a copy (My Account – Overview – Related Services – Tax Information Slips). Students who cannot access their T4A through their MyCRA Account can contact their Program Coordinator to request a copy. Institutions issued T2202s for students who were enrolled in eligible studies in February. Students should also collect relevant tax documents for scholarships, grants, employment, federal COVID-related funding and so on. Canada Revenue Agency’s deadline to file 2020 taxes was April 30. Additional income tax information can be found at: Advancing Futures: Income tax information.
Spring/Summer 2021 course and tuition information
Students who were funded by Advancing Futures for Winter 2021 studies and who plan to continue their studies in the same program and at the same school were expected to submit their Spring/Summer 2021 course and tuition information to their Program Coordinator by March 15, 2021. Students who have not yet done so must submit this information to their Program Coordinator as soon as possible.
Applying for 2021/22 funding
The deadline to apply for funding for the 2021/22 academic year is June 1, 2021.
Students who receive their living allowance payments via direct deposit can expect to receive their June payment by May 21.
Next application deadline: Students who were funded by Advancing Futures for Winter 2021 studies and who are continuing with their planned studies in the 2021/22 academic year were provided a priority application period of March 1 to 31, 2021. Applications received from April 1, 2021 onward will not be prioritized. The deadline to apply for funding for the 2021/22 academic year is June 1, 2021.
Role of program coordinators
After students apply for the program, they will be connected with a program coordinator. Program coordinators review each application and support students through the approval process. Setting up student funding is just one part of their role; throughout the year, program coordinators will connect with students at least once a month and can provide:
- a friendly face (or ear, or keyboard) to listen to a student’s experiences
- coaching and mentoring as students plan for their future
- support with problem solving when facing challenges
- transition planning to help students achieve their goals
- referrals to resources or agencies that offer supportive services
- help figuring out life as a young adult
Learn more about the role of program coordinators.
Connecting with us
There are a number of ways students and program coordinators can connect, to make it easier to keep in touch. Students can:
- schedule a time to meet at the office
- call them
- meet them for coffee
- meet at or near a student's post-secondary institution
- chat via Skype or FaceTime
- email them
Each Advancing Futures program coordinator is responsible for a specific group of institutions. For a list of program coordinators, visit the Contact us page.
Program Coordinators strive to respond to phone calls and emails within 48-72 hours. Students are asked to avoid calling repeatedly, leaving multiple voicemails, or emailing repeatedly while waiting for a reply from their Program Coordinator.
Students are responsible for providing Advancing Futures with the most current contact information, including:
- email address
- phone number
- mailing address
If contact information changes after applying for Advancing Futures, students must email [email protected].
Students are expected to maintain a term Grade Point Average GPA of at least 1.7 on a 4-point scale. Where an alternate scale is used or the institution does not use a GPA scale, a minimum term average of 60% is required. A term average below the required level will result in the student being notified of the requirement to raise their GPA in the subsequent semester. Failure to achieve satisfactory grades 2 semesters in a row will result in termination from the Advancing Futures program.
Tuition and mandatory school fees
Once a student's funding has been approved, a sponsorship agreement will be established with the school. The agreement states that Advancing Futures will cover tuition and mandatory school fees for the academic term(s). The institution will invoice Advancing Futures directly.
Mandatory books and supplies
All students will have their own account created at the school’s bookstore to cover the cost of mandatory books and supplies. All students are required to submit a book and supply list at the start of each semester to Advancing Futures.
Students are provided with funding to buy basic school supplies at the start of each semester, to a maximum of:
- $50 per year for part-time students
- $100 per year for full-time students
Monthly living allowance payments are deposited into students’ bank accounts 5 to 7 days before the first day of each month. The living allowance payment provided at the end of each month is for the next month of study.
Details of the monthly student funding amount to be received can be found on the mailed and e-mailed approval letter. Each time a change is made to funding amounts, an updated letter will be sent.
Damage deposit funding
Students are eligible to receive up to 80% of their living allowance amount, to a maximum of $1500 per occurrence, to pay damage deposit charges throughout the time they are funded by Advancing Futures.
To request damage deposit funds, students must have their landlord complete the Damage Deposit Assistance Form.
The form must then be submitted in person, by email or by fax.
Advancing Futures will cover the cost of a computer and required software if it is mandatory for students enrolled in their program of study. For approval of this cost to be considered, students must submit:
- documentation from their institution confirming that a computer and software are required
- confirmation of the mandatory minimum specifications of the computer
- a minimum of three price quotes for computers matching the required specifications
If a computer or software are not mandatory, students may request reimbursement of 50% of the cost of technology purchases, up to a maximum of $250. This funding is available one time only throughout the time a student is funded by Advancing Futures.
Students are required to request approval of the cost of technology prior to making a purchase. Once approved, students are required to submit a receipt confirming the purchase.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship
The Alberta government established this scholarship to commemorate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Visit to Alberta in July 2011. The scholarship recognizes the exceptional educational achievements of students who have been in care.
The $2,000 scholarships are awarded solely to 25 Advancing Futures students each year based on their academic performance the previous year.
Eligibility criteria, application process and selection method information is outlined on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship application form, available on our forms page from August 1 – 31 each year.
Other scholarships and bursaries
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and bursaries through their institution and other sources. Students are entitled to keep scholarship and bursary funding, unless the funding is designated to be used for educational costs only. Students are required to inform their program coordinator of any scholarships or bursaries they are selected for.
All funding issued by Advancing Futures is taxable. This includes educational expenses and student funding amounts. A T4A slip will be issued by the program for the amount paid to and on behalf of each student. All inquiries related to tax regulations should be addressed to Canada Revenue Agency.
Advancing Futures enrols Alberta-based students who do not have alternate health care benefits in the Alberta Adult Health Benefit program. Their dependents are also eligible for coverage.
All Alberta-based students are required to opt out of their institution-based health and dental benefit plans. Students who opt in to, or fail to opt out of, their institution’s benefits are responsible for paying all fees related to this. Students can find opt out instructions on their institution’s website.
Students attending an institution outside of Alberta are not eligible for the Alberta Adult Health Benefit program and should not opt out of their institution’s health and dental plans. Advancing Futures will cover the cost of these plans for out of province students.