Monthly update

December 2019

Statement of grades: All students who were funded by Advancing Futures for the Fall 2019 semester are required to submit a statement of grades to their Program Coordinator by January 15, 2020.

Holiday hours: The Advancing Futures office will be closed from December 24, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

Holiday resources: Students will receive a list of holiday resources from their Program Coordinator in early December and should contact their Program Coordinator for any additional resource needs.

Living allowance: Students who receive their living allowance payments via direct deposit can expect to receive their January payment by December 13.

Important dates

Next application deadline: February 1, 2020

Application deadline information for the 2020/21 academic year: Advancing Futures will begin accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year on March 15, 2020. The deadline to apply for funding for the 2020/21 academic year is June 1, 2020.

Winter course info submission for students currently supported by Advancing Futures: November 15, 2019

Role of program coordinators

Support

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:

  • stop by the office
  • call them
  • meet them for coffee
  • meet while they're at 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.

Updating information

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 cs.advancingfutures@gov.ab.ca.

Financial information

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

Living expenses

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 (PDF, 77 KB).

The form must then be submitted in person, by email or by fax.

Technology funding

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. For more information on the eligibility criteria, application process and selection method, view the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship application form (PDF, 117 KB).

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.

Income taxes

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.

Health benefits

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.

Forms and resources

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Contact

Connect with the Advancing Futures program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-0085
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-644-6905
Email: cs.advancingfutures@gov.ab.ca

Edmonton office/mailing address

Address:
3rd Floor, Sterling Place
9940 106 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2N2

Calgary office

Address:
Main Floor, Suite #100 Lancore Building
1021 10 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2R 0B7

Contact a program coordinator directly