Money Talks

Managing your financial and academic success can be difficult, but you don't have to conquer it alone. We can help advise on available resources and funding programs to help support you financially throughout your degree. Check out our Paying for Your Degree brochure to learn about the many available financial supports offered by the University of Alberta that can help you make the most of your degree.

Visit our FAQ page for more information about general financial concerns, government student loan funding, and international student supports.

Our Programs 

Supplementary Bursary Program

The Supplementary Bursary program provides funds for students who demonstrate a financial shortfall for the current school year's academic and basic living costs. Bursaries - unlike loans - do not have to be repaid. To be eligible for bursary funding, you must be able to demonstrate financial need for the current academic year after exhausting all available funding resources and meeting the academic and enrollment requirements.

Emergency Loan Program

The Emergency Loan program provides immediate funding support for temporary financial shortfalls due to delays in funding (e.g. government student loan is late), unexpected expenses (e.g. necessary car repairs, emergency dental work), or temporary inability to cover essential living expenses, such as rent or groceries. Emergency loans are not issued to pay for any university tuition or fees.

In order to qualify for an Emergency Loan, you must apply online and demonstrate the ability to repay the loan within a six-month time period. Your financial situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and eligibility is not guaranteed. If your financial shortfall is not temporary or short-term, please review the Supplementary Bursary section above. 

Graduate Students’ Association Emergency Bursary Program
The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) Emergency Bursary program is a non-repayable bursary program for graduate students at the University of Alberta who need assistance due to an unanticipated emergency. For more information about this program, visit the GSA Emergency Bursaries webpage.

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Decision Making & Spending

Life is about balance, and knowing when it's appropriate to treat yourself and when it would be better to save is important.

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Budgeting & Planning

How many times have you tried to set yourself a budget but failed to stick to it? Having a clear plan for your future is key to creating a budget that will set you up for financial success.

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Managing Credit & Debt

Managing credit is an important part of your financial future, but it comes with responsibility.

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Life after Graduation

Congratulations - you graduated! Before your student loans come knocking, it is important to plan ahead for your new financial future.


Need further advising?

If you have any further questions or require any assistance with the applications, please contact Student Connect.