Important dates

Application period: January 1 to April 30

Overview

The Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program is focused on supporting Indigenous students in pursuing a post-secondary education to work in the social services field in Alberta. If you are Métis or Non-Status Indian, you may be eligible for funding to help pay for your diploma or degree in:

  • social work
  • psychology
  • psychoeducation
  • sociology
  • education
  • child and youth care
  • human ecology
  • anthropology
  • counselling
  • community rehabilitation
  • criminology
  • addictions
  • mental health services

Eligibility

Bursaries are available for full- and part-time undergraduate students. There are eligibility criteria all applicants must meet and additional criteria based on full- or part-time study:

All applicants

To be eligible for the bursary, you must:

  • be Métis or Non-Status Indian
  • demonstrate financial need
  • be an Alberta resident for at least one year before applying
  • show an investment in, and commitment to, Indigenous communities in Alberta
  • have a minimum 2.5 grade point average or C+ grade equivalent when you apply

Full-time applicants

To be eligible for funding for full-time study in a social services discipline, you must:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or diploma that takes at least 2 years to complete through a recognized university or community college in Alberta
  • be enrolled in at least 3 full-time credit courses per term as an undergraduate student, or
  • be enrolled in at least 2 full-time credit courses per term if you can show you have a disability that affects your academic performance
  • confirm you are registered full time before each term starts by providing documents from your school’s Admissions or Registrar office
  • not be receiving a full-time salary or equivalent income from another source during the academic year that bursary funding is provided

Part-time applicants

To be eligible for funding for part-time study in a social services program, you must:

  • be enrolled in no more than 2 courses per term in a program that takes at least 2 years to complete through a recognized university or community college in Alberta
  • confirm you are registered part time before each term starts by providing documents from your school’s Admissions or Registrar’s office

Funding

Each year, we award bursaries based on available funding and the number of eligible applicants. If you are eligible, you may receive funding for up to 60 months to cover:

  • school-related costs such as tuition, mandatory fees, computer, books and supplies
  • living expenses such as food, clothing, personal care, transportation, rent/mortgage, phone, basic utilities, and/or costs for dependents

The amount of funding you receive may vary and depends on:

  • the annual funding for the program and the maximum bursary amounts set each year
  • your family situation and financial need
  • the length of your study

2018-2019 funding amounts

Family situation 8 months (2 terms/year) 10 months (3 terms/year)
Full time no dependents $9,392 $11,740
Full time with one dependent $16,585 $20,730
Part time no dependents $4,696 $5,870
Part time with one dependent $8,292.50 $10,365

How to apply

New applicants

Step 1. Complete the application package

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Fill out the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program New Applicant (PDF, 371 KB) form using the tip sheet and checklist on the first 2 pages.

Step 2. Gather supporting documents

Include the following documents in your application package:

  • one education reference form completed by a teacher at a school you attended
  • one employment/volunteer reference form completed by someone you worked or volunteered for
  • official transcripts from the last school you attended such as high school, college or university
  • proof you have applied for, or are enrolled full or part time in a social services program at a recognized university or community college in Alberta
  • confirmation of your Métis status from a Métis association or organization such as a letter or copy of your membership card or application, or
  • confirmation from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada that you are Non-Status Indian such as their response to your application for status
  • proof you have one or more dependents younger than 18 years such as birth certificates or an Alberta Health Card
  • a copy of your Social Insurance Card for income tax purposes

If you have a disability that affects your academic performance and you want to be considered a full-time student with reduced course load, you must also include one of these documents:

  • a letter or statement indicating you receive or qualify for federal or provincial assistance for persons with disabilities
  • a medical certificate signed by a licensed medical practitioner such as a physician or specialist
  • a learning disability assessment provided by an educational institution or a clinical psychologist, educational psychologist or neuropsychologist

Step 3. Submit the application package

  • Review the tip sheet and checklist to make sure your application package is complete.
  • Keep copies of the documents for your files.
  • Make sure to submit your completed application between January 1 and April 30 to the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program office.

Returning applicants

Step 1. Complete the application package

Fill out the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program Renewal Applicant (PDF, 244 KB) form using the tip sheet and checklist on the first 2 pages.

Step 2. Gather supporting documents

Include the following documents in your application renewal package:

  • official transcripts from your last year in the full- or part-time social services program you attended at a recognized community college or university in Alberta
  • proof you are registered in the full- or part-time social services program for the upcoming school year
  • a letter or printed information from your school’s website showing your tuition and mandatory fees
  • a completed and signed direct deposit form you can get from the Bursary Administrator or a void cheque pre-printed with your current information (only required if you need to change your banking information)

If you have a disability that affects your academic performance, you must also include one current document such as a:

  • letter or statement indicating you receive or qualify for federal or provincial assistance for persons with disabilities
  • medical certificate signed by a licensed medical practitioner such as a physician or specialist
  • learning disability assessment signed provided by your educational institution or a clinical psychologist, educational psychologist or neuropsychologist

Step 3. Submit the application package

  • Review the tip sheet and checklist to make sure your application package is complete.
  • Keep copies of documents for your files.
  • Make sure to submit your completed application between January 1 and April 30 to the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program office.

After you apply

The Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program office reviews your application and verifies information. We may ask you to provide additional information, if needed.

Bursary selections happen in May. We will notify you by:

  • email if your application was successful and give instructions to set up direct deposit with your bank
  • letter if your application was not successful and give reasons why you were not selected

Receiving funding

The bursary is provided in 2 direct deposit payments to your bank account. One payment is in August before fall term and the other is in December before winter term. If you are enrolled in 3 terms, the funding is included in the August and December funding.

Bursaries are considered taxable income under the Income Tax Act, 1972 Canada. We mail T4A slips in February for funds you received the previous year.

Your responsibilities

When you receive a Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary, you are responsible for:

  • complying with the terms and conditions of your funding agreement and keeping receipts that are required
  • maintaining good academic standing – you will not be eligible for funding to repeat a course or academic year
  • contacting the bursary program office immediately if your situation, personal or banking information changes
  • successfully completing the social services program that was funded

Contact

To connect with the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program office:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: css.csmetisbursary@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program
Attention: Bursary Administrator
ATB Place

Alberta Health
Sector 2, Human Resources
2nd Floor, ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1S6