Financial Support

Financial aid is available for students who need additional financial support beyond awards, scholarships, and prizes. 

Student Loans 

All graduate students may have their student loan documentation completed at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). 

If you are a returning full-time student and not applying for another student loan this academic year, you must contact your provincial government to ensure your interest-free status.

For detailed information on graduate student loan procedures, please view the student loan memo.

Award/Scholarship Verification 

If you require a letter verifying your scholarship funding for the purpose of applying for loans, etc., the FGSR Scholarship Services Unit can verify FGSR-administered award funds that you hold or can expect to receive. Please contact us for more information about these services. 

There are several sources of financial support other than loans available to UAlberta graduate students. While the following are not handled directly by the FGSR, they are still options available to grad students. 

Department Support 

The University of Alberta offers financial assistance at both the Faculty and department level, however, graduate funding approaches vary among departments. Students should contact the department offering their program to find out how graduate students are supported. 

Student Connect at the Office of the Registrar 

A number of student financial support services can be found at Student Connect, the Office of the Registrar’s student service centre. Please visit the Financial Support section of the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information. 

You can inquire with Student Connect regarding the following: 

  • Government Student Loans 
  • Bursaries 
  • Emergency student loans 

Graduate Students’ Association 

The Graduate Students’ Association offers financial support, specific to graduate students, in the form of grants, awards and bursaries. Please visit the GSA Grants, Awards and Bursaries web page for more information. 

Tuition Payment Options 

For information on student tuition payment options, please visit the Financial Services website.  Please note: tuition payment options are not determined by the FGSR.