Sponsorship & Other Funding

Sponsorship and other funding may be available in your particular circumstances. Some of these funding opportunities are listed in the drop downs below.
Funding for Indigenous Students

The following funding options exist for Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit students:

  • Band Funding: Aboriginal students may wish to contact their local band office for information regarding funding and sponsorship.  Most bands do have sponsorship options available.   
  • Funding for Métis students: Métis students from Saskatchewan may wish to contact Gabriel Dumont Institute to inquire about funding through the Individual Sponsorship Program (ISP). Métis students from Alberta may wish to contact Rupertsland Institute to inquire about funding through the Métis Training to Education program (MTE).
  • Métis Capital Housing Corporation: Alberta Métis students may also wish to apply for assistance through the Student Rental Supplement Assistance program.  This program ​assists with providing a security deposit for a rental property (up to $850), as well as monthly rent ($200 per month) while a student is enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Alberta Aboriginal Women's Society: Female First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students from Alberta, living off reserve, may wish to contact the Alberta Aboriginal Women's Society to discuss available financial assistance.  Funding is available for 2 year programs and the final year of 4 year programs.  The Alberta Aboriginal Women's Society does not have a website, but can be contacted Toll Free 1-877-622-3416, or by email aaws@telusplanet.net.  Additional details can also be found in the Alberta Aboriginal Women's Society funding program brochure.
  • Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program: administered by Alberta Human Resources, this funding is available to support Métis and Non-Status Indian students pursuing a diploma or degree in the Social Services field.  Bursaries are available for both full-time and part-time students.  For more information and the application form, visit www.humanservices.alberta.ca/department/15041.html.
  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples: Indigenous students living off-reserve may wish to apply for funding through the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) program, which is designed to help ​Indigenous Peoples prepare for, and find high-demand jobs that will help address Canada’s labour market challenges.  Funded through Employment and Social Development Canada, the program is targeted to Indigenous Peoples living in urban, rural and remote areas throughout Canada. Those eligible to apply include Indigenous youth, women, single parents, mature workers, persons with disabilities and those experiencing career change or transition.  For further details use the link above.
  • Funding administered by Freehorse Family Wellness Society through INAC: Funding is available to students from certain Alberta Bands whose status is because of Bill C-31, Inuit and NWT residing in Alberta for at least 12 months. Funding is provided for Academic upgrading/UCEP courses required for entrance into post-secondary programs, or an eligible certificate, diploma or a degree and may cover Tuition, books and Living Allowance. Visit the website www.freehorse.org and follow the directions provided in the Handbook section.  For questions call: 1-780-944-0172.
Funding for Apprenticeship Students

You may qualify for assistance beyond EI while you take your training. Have a look at these options:

  • The Government of Canada 'Supports for Apprentices' website outlining various funding options, including the Canada Apprenticeship Loan, Apprenticeship Incentive & Completion Grants, and the Alberta-Canada Job Grant.
  • As of 2015/16, Apprentices who are Alberta residents can now apply for Alberta Student Loans.  To do so, you will need to complete the Full-Time Application, which is available online at: studentaid.alberta.ca/
  • The Apprenticeship Training Award is available to registered apprentices who are unemployed in their trade and attending first, second, third or fourth period technical training at an approved technical training provider in Alberta.  For more details visit: tradesecrets.alberta.ca/financial-assistance/awards/apprentice-training-award/NEW - Effective September 1, 2020 the award amount will increase from $1,000 to $1,500
  • NEW - The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) helps you pay for expenses while you train as an apprentice in a Designated Red Seal Trade where women are underrepresented.  For more details visit: www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/apprenticeship-incentive-women-overview

You may also want to visit the AlbertaTradesSecrets website to learn about funding and scholarships that may be available to you.

To learn about scholarships and award you qualify for at Lakeland College, visit our searchable Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships Listings page.  Also have a look through our listing of external award opportunities for Trades, Apprenticeship, & Energy students.

Funding for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may qualify for additional financial assistance through the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities, and/or the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities.  Some provinces also offer provincial grant funding. 

To access any of these grants, you must first apply and qualify for student loan funding.  For further details on how to apply, visit the student loan website for the province you reside in.  A list of student loan websites ​is available at: www.lakelandcollege.ca/campus-life/financial-aid-and-awards/funding-your-education/government-student-loans/

If you are notified by student loans that you do not qualify for these grants, there may still be supports available to you.  To inquire, please contact Accessibility Services at Lakeland College.

You may also want to check out the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities or Special Needs section of our External Awards Links page.
Skill Upgrading and Work Retraining
Grant funding may be available to ​adults who require upgrading or basic training to get or keep a job.  Residents of Alberta ​should inquire with their local Alberta Works or Alberta Supports Centre about funding options.  For residents of Saskatchewan, the Provincial Training Allowance may be an option. Please note: High school students are not eligible for these programs.

If you current receive WCB benefits you may be eligible for assistance. Contact the WCB directly.
Alberta WCB
Saskatchewan WCB 
Funding for Military Personnel and Their Families

The Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund (CFPAF) administer​s ​a Student Line of Credit program (formerly known as the Education Assistance Loan Program) to meet the needs of the Canadian Forces Community in their pursuit of post-secondary education.  For more information visit:
Veterans Affairs Canada administers a program called the Veterans' Education and Training Benefit, which will ​provide funding for college, university or technical education to Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force and Reserve Force Veterans with at least six years of military service. For more information visit:
Canada Company began in May 2006 and has become an influential voice advocating for our troops at home and abroad. One of its roles is to support children of deceased military members in achieving their post-secondary education goals.  If you are a child of a decreased member of the military, you may qualify for funding through the Canada Company Scholarship Program or free tuition and services through Project Hero.  For full details, visit: www.canadacompany.ca/en/2019/10/31/canada-company-our-programs-projects/
 As of 2020, the Government of Alberta has made available the Alex Decoteau Award of Honour to Canadian Armed Forces members OR family members of Canadian Armed Forces Members who are deceased or were permanently disabled while serving (must be a spouse/common-law partner or child).  The family member/applicant must be enrolled at public post-secondary institution in Alberta in a post-secondary program that leads to an academic credential.  Up to 200 awards of $5000 each are available.  Full details and application available at: studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships/alex-decoteau-award-of-honour/

Canadian Cancer Society Financial Assistance Program
The Financial Assistance Program administered by the Canadian Cancer Society provides support to people in financial need for transportation and accommodation when travelling to and from treatment at cancer treatment facilities.

The amount of financial support available depends on:

  • household income
  • distance from the cancer centre where treatment will be received
  • additional medical expenses
  • extenuating circumstances
For more information, visit: www.cancer.ca/en/support-and-services/support-services/financial-help-ab/?region=ab

What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree