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Indigenous Student Funding

Take advantage of the various financial aid and award opportunities available to Indigenous students. Questions about your options? RDC’s Indigenous Student Services and Student Connect Centre are here to help you.  

Indigenous Services Canada (ICS)

The following ISC programs provide financial assistance to Indigenous students throughout their educational journey: 

Rupertsland Institute

4945 49 St, Red Deer | 403.342.6636 | rupertsland.org 

Rupertsland Institute supports Metis learners in their pursuit of higher education and employment. Financial aid is available for the following training opportunities:

  • Post-Secondary
  • Apprenticeship
  • Pre-Employment
  • Self-Employment Improvement
  • Barriers to Employment
  • Summer Work Experience
  • Disability Services
  • EI or Income Support

In order to access these financial supports, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be of Metis ancestry
  • Must currently reside in Alberta 
  • Must demonstrate a need for training or re-training
  • Must be ready, willing and able to begin training

If you meet the eligibility listed above, contact Rupertsland Institute to begin the application process. Don't wait until the last minute! Applications must be submitted one month prior to your training start date.

Community Futures Treaty 7 (CFT7)

Suite 300 – 6011 1A St SW, Calgary | 403.251.9242 | t7edc.com

Community Futures Treaty 7 (CFT7) provides financial assistance and employment counselling to urban (off-reserve) Indigenous students who are First Nations, Inuit and Non-Status. Financial aid is available for the following:

  • Post-Secondary (final year of study)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Pre-Employment
  • Self-Employment Improvement
  • Barriers to Employment, Job Insecurity and Wage Subsidies
  • Summer Work Experience

In order to access these financial supports, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must have a Certificate of Indian Status or proof of Non-Status or Inuit Status
  • Must reside in Red Deer or surrounding area and must not be living on-reserve
  • Must demonstrate a need for training or retraining
  • Must be ready, willing and able to begin training

If you meet the eligibility outlined above, contact CFT7 to begin the application process. Do not delay! It is recommended you begin the application process at least 6 weeks prior to your program start date.  

Student Loans and Grants

If you are unable to obtain Indigenous funding for your studies, you may wish to apply for government student loans and/or grants. Click here for more information.

Awards and Scholarships

RDC Awards & Scholarships: Click here to view RDC’s current award and scholarship opportunities.

Aboriginal Business Leadership Award: Are you an indigenous student pursuing education in business and/or commerce? You may be eligible for an Aboriginal Business Leadership Award! Apply annually each fall. 

AltaLink Indigenous Student Awards: Click here for more information.

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program: Click here for more information. 

Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards: Click here for more information.

First Nation, Metis and Inuit Northern Alberta Development Council Bursary: Receive bursary funds in exchange for post-education work in the north. Click here for more information. 

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool: Use this search tool to uncover many hidden scholarship, award, and bursary opportunities available to you!

Indigenous Careers Award: Available to apply for twice annually (Fall and Winter terms). Application dates vary by year. When available to apply for, the application is accessed here. 

Indspire: Various award, scholarship and bursary opportunities - click here for more information.

National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund: First Nations and Metis citizens seeking pursuing education aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building may apply for the NIB Trust Fund. Click here for more information.  

 

Student Connect Centre
Room 1102 | RDC
Box 5005 - 100 College Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5
t: 403.342.3254 | f: 403.342.3262 | e: studentconnect [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
Click here to book an online appointment with the Student Connect Centre

Contact Us

RDC Main Campus 
Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca


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Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5