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Funding for Courses Within Extended Education

Students who are registered in the Division of Extended Education programming have limited and specific funding opportunities. If you do not believe you would qualify for the government funding sources listed below, you may wish to explore the option of a student line of credit through your bank. To discuss this option further, please contact your bank directly. 


Awards and Scholarships

Various award and scholarship opportunities are available throughout the year. Applicable courses/programs, eligibility criteria and deadlines will vary. View our current opportunities or contact the Student Connect Centre for more information. 

Student Loans

Government student loans are only available for students enrolled in the following Division of Extended Education programs: 

Click here for more information on student loan eligibility and application steps.  

If you are enrolled in a course or program that is not listed above, or if you do not believe you qualify for government student loans, you may wish to explore the option of a student line of credit through your bank. To discuss this option further, please contact your bank directly. 

Foundational Learning Assistance (FLA)

Foundational Learning Assistance offers grant funding to adult learners enrolled in Red Deer Polytechnic's English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English as a Second Language (ESL) to Health Care Aide (HCA) and the Foundational Learners programs. For more information on these programs and the registration process contact the Division of Extended Education at extended [dot] ed [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca or 403.356.4900.

Basic Funding Eligibility: 

  • You must have an Alberta address 
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee 
  • You must be 18+ years old, or be 16-17 and a single parent, legally married, in a cohabitating relationship or pregnant.
  • Individuals must be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week to be eligible for Foundational Learning Assistance. If you are working 20 hours or more per week, you must be approved for a Counsel to Leave Employment before leaving your job to attend school. Submit the online application for Full-Time Foundational Learning Assistance indicating you work more than 20 hours per week. You will receive a Counsel to Leave Employment Approval letter if approved.

If you meet the basic funding eligibility criteria listed above, please proceed as follows:

Step 1: Complete the Foundational Learning Assistance Request Form. Once you are given admission to your desired program. Completing a Foundational Learning Assistance Request Form is the first step in applying for Foundational Learning Assistance (FLA). The information you provide on this form will be used to create your student file with the FLA program. Once Red Deer Polytechnic enters your personal information with the FLA program and confirms your enrolment, you will receive an email to the address you provided on this form. This email will contain a link to the online FLA application. Please ensure the information you provide on this form is complete and accurate.   


Step 2: Complete the online application for Foundational Learning Assistance.

You will receive an email from the Foundational Learning Assistance program approximately 3-7 business days after you’ve submitted your Foundational Learning Assistance Request Form. This email will contain a link to the online FLA application.

To complete the application, you will require:

  • A Verified MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account
  • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Your Alberta Student Number (ASN)
  • Not sure what your ASN is? You can look it up here.
  • Banking information for direct deposit

Step 3: Stay connected with the Red Deer Polytechnic Student Connect Centre.

Be sure to monitor your mail and email for important follow-up information. 

If you have any questions about the application you submitted or would like an update on the status of your application, please contact the Student Connect Centre.

Alberta Works Exposure Course Funding

If you are employable, but lack a specific skill which could be obtained by attending a short-term training course, you may be a suitable candidate for Exposure Course Funding.

  • Is your training less than two weeks in length?
  • Are you unemployed or marginally employed?
  • Are you job ready, except for certain job-specific skills?
  • Are you committed to obtaining employment at the conclusion of your training?
  • Are you an Alberta resident, Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or convention refugee (and legally entitled to work and train in Canada)?

If so, contact the Red Deer Alberta Works Centre at 403.340.5353 to discuss this funding option. 

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Are you an employee looking to develop your skills and achieve greater success in the workplace? Are you an employer who is interested in sending their employee(s) for additional training?  

This government program will help employers invest in employees. Employers can apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant in order to send an employee for training. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will reimburse up to two-thirds of the direct training costs for qualifying programs and courses, with the employer paying the remaining third.  

If you are employed and are interested in furthering your education in order to enhance your current professional capacities, talk to your employer about the Canada-Alberta Job Grant today! 

If you are an employer wishing to provide your employees with an opportunity for training, but are not sure where to start, contact RDC’s Division of Extended Education at 403.356.4900 for a complimentary training needs assessment. 

Click here for more information on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, including applicant, employer and program eligibility as well as application steps.


Student Connect Centre 
Room 1102 | Red Deer Polytechnic
Box 5005 - 100 College Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5 
t: 403.342.3254 | f: 403.342.3262 | e: studentconnect [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca


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