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What post-secondary funding is available through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)?

AANDC has two funding programs that could provide you with financial assistance to help offset the cost of tuition, travel and living expenses.

  • The University and College Entrance Preparation program provides funding to eligible students enrolled in programs that help them achieve the academic requirements necessary for entrance into a post-secondary degree or diploma program.
  • The Post-Secondary Student Support program provides funding to eligible students enrolled post-secondary programs, such as: community college, diploma or certificate programs; undergraduate programs; and advanced or professional degree programs.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this program:

  • you must be registered under the Indian Act; this means you have a status card and status number;
  • you must have lived in Canada for 12 consecutive months before applying for funding;
  • you must be accepted in an eligible program, at an eligible education institution and must maintain satisfactory academic standing.

Which First Nation you are from affects how you apply for post-secondary funding. See "How do I apply?" for more details.

How do I apply?

Which First Nation you belong to affects where you should apply for post-secondary funding.

*If you are registered with the Kluane First Nation, Ross River Dena Council, Daylu Dena Council and Dease River First Nation you can apply through AANDC.

Application deadlines are:

If you belong to another First Nation or you are non-status then you should contact:

  • your First Nation
  • your territorial/provincial government
    • Yukon  
    • Northwest Territories

If you are an Aboriginal student from the Northwest Territories who has lived in Yukon for 12 consecutive months you can apply for funding through the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.  

What costs are covered?

Financial assistance may be provided in the following areas:

  • Tuition support - Part-time and full-time students can receive funds for tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Books and supplies – Part-time and full-time students can receive an allowance for books and supplies.
  • Travel support – Full-time students who must leave their permanent place of residence to attend college or university may qualify for funding to return home twice per academic year.
  • Living allowance – Full-time students can receive an allowance to help cover costs such as food, shelter and transportation.

Remember the funding available is not intended to cover all of your costs while attending school. You can supplement your funding with a part-time job, student loans, scholarships, bursaries, or a Registered Educations Savings Plan. Make sure you plan ahead to ensure you have all the funds you need to complete your education.

How much could I receive?

Depending on your program and where you live and go to school, you could be eligible for the following types of funding:

Education Funding
Type of fundingAmount PossibleEligibility

Tuition and mandatory fees

The eligible cost of your tuition and mandatory fees

  • Eligible student
  • Eligible institution
  • Part-time and full-time students

Books and supplies

Allowance of $1,000 per year ($500 per semester)

  • Eligible student
  • Eligible institution
  • Part-time and full-time students

Travel

The actual cost of your travel up to $2,000 per year
($1,000 per return trip, 2 return trips per year)

  • Eligible student
  • Eligible institution
  • Full-time students only
  • Students whose program is not offered in their place of residence
  • You must provide receipts

Living allowance

Rates are according to Canada Student Loan Program

  • Eligible student
  • Eligible institution
  • Full-time students only

What do I need to do throughout the year to receive funding?

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  1. Apply for funding
  2. Fill out the application form
  3. Complete and sign the Designated Representative Consent Form
  4. Provide a letter of acceptance or proof of registration from your school
  5. Provide your most recent transcripts
  6. Provide a copy of your current status card (front and back)
  7. Provide proof of dependants; if you have any (National Child Benefit report from the Canadian Revenue Agency or birth certificates)
  8. You will receive a letter telling you whether or not your application was successful.
  9. The letter will tell you how much money you will receive.
  10. You will need to sign three copies of a tuition letter. This letter allows us to pay your tuition to the school. It also allows the school to share information with us about what courses you are taking and your grades. Give one to AANDC, one to your school and keep one for your records.
  11. Once your school has received the signed tuition letter they will be able to invoice us directly for your tuition and mandatory fees.
  12. If you are eligible for living expenses you will receive a monthly cheque. We try to make sure this cheque arrives at the beginning of the month.
  13. When you submit your receipts for travel (if you are eligible) AANDC will reimburse you  up to the maximum amount allowable. You will be mailed a cheque or it will be added to your monthly cheque. You should confirm your travel allowance before you travel.
  14. You must submit a new application by March 1st, if you will be in school in April. This is because April 1st is a new fiscal year for the federal government. Don't forget, otherwise you will stop receiving your monthly cheques in April.

What is considered full-time?

On average a full-time course load is at least three courses or nine credits per semester. Some schools have unconventional course loads that may not fit this model. If your school considers your course load full-time, then we will also consider you a full-time student.

What is considered part-time?

On average a part-time course load is less than three courses or nine credits per semester. Some schools have unconventional course loads that may not fit this model. If your school considers your course load part-time, then we will also consider you a part-time student.

Are all trades eligible?

Trades can be a really great career choice. To be considered for funding through the PSSSP/UCEP, the program must lead to a trade that has been designated in the given province or territory that the training is being offered in. The information you provide in your application will help us determine whether or not your selected trade is eligible for funding through the PSSSP/UCEP. After you submit your application, we will contact you to let you know if your selected trade is eligible for funding through the PSSSP/UCEP.

If your chosen program is not eligible for funding through the PSSSP/UCEP, there are other programs that can provide you with financial assistance if you pursue a trade. Contact your school, your First Nation, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, or the Government of Yukon for more information.

Is my program eligible?

Eligible programs are "transferable." That means that other schools recognise the program. Your school will know which of their programs are transferable. Contact us or your school for more information. Transferable programs could include – college or university preparation programs, certificates, diplomas, an undergraduate degree, masters or doctorate. If you are taking an online course or distance education it is important to Contact usto make sure your program is eligible.

Is my school eligible?

An eligible post-secondary institution must be recognised by a province or territory as a degree, diploma or certificate granting institution. Contact us or your school for more information.

What if I fail a course and have to repeat it?

AANDC will only pay for a course once. If you fail a course and have to repeat it, you will have to pay for it yourself.

What if I drop out or drop a course?

If you drop out or drop a course, you have to let us know. You may have to pay back the money you received for that course(s). If dropping a course means that you are no longer considered full-time by your institution you will no longer be eligible for the travel funding or living allowance. Dropping out or dropping a course and not telling us is considered fraud. You may have to pay back the funding and you could face criminal proceedings. 

What type of fees will AANDC pay?

Along with tuition, AANDC will pay for any fees that your school considers mandatory. Depending on your school, this could include health insurance, laboratory activity, registration, or bus fees. If the fee is not mandatory then you must pay it yourself. Contact your school to find out which fees are mandatory. Make sure you are aware of any fees that you will have to pay.

How long can I receive funding?

It depends on what type of program you are taking.

How long can I receive funding?
Type of ProgramHow long can I receive funding?

University and College Entrance Programs

  • one academic year as defined by your school

Level 1:

  • Community college
  • CEGEP diploma
  • Certificate programs
  • the official length of your program as defined by your school ( at least one academic year in length)
  • plus one year extension if it is approved in writing by your school's dean or the department head

Level 2:

  • Undergraduate University programs
  • the official length of your program as defined by your school (usually 4 years)
  • plus one year extension if it is approved in writing by your school's dean or the department head

Level 3:

  • Advanced,  professional or Masters degree programs
  • Examples: dentistry, medicine,

Level 4:  

  • Doctorate, PHD
  • the official length of your program as defined by your school (usually 1 to 3 years)
  • plus one additional year for medical or personal reasons
  • the official length of your program as defined by your school (usually 1 to 3 years)
  • plus one additional year for medical or personal reasons

 

I've done some schooling, but I want to go back. Can I receive funding?

You can receive funding as long as you are progressing forward in your education.  

  • Students who have completed a Level 1 program are eligible for funding in Level 2 3, or 4 programs.
  • Students who have dropped out of a Level 2 program, can receive level 1 funding as long as they have not been previously funded at that level. If a student resumes Level 2 studies, the previous time spent at Level 2 will be counted.
  • Students who have completed a Level 2 program, with or without funding from AANDC, cannot receive funding for Level 1. 
  • Students who have completed a Level 3 program, with or without funding from AANDC, cannot receive funding for Level 1 or Level 2.          
  • When a student changes programs within one of the levels, the years used for each program within each level will be counted.

I didn't know that I was eligible for funding. Can I be reimbursed for my schooling?

You cannot be reimbursed for your previous expenses. If you have been going to school without funding from AANDC and realize you are eligible you can receive funding for the rest of your program, but you will not be reimbursed.

My program is offered at a school close to where I live, but I want to go to another school, can I?

You can attend whatever institution you want; however tuition and travel rates may be affected.  Students attending private or foreign post-secondary institutions may receive funding at the same rate charged by a Canadian public institution with a comparable program nearest to your place of residence.

Example 1

You live in Whitehorse and your program is offered at Yukon College, but you want to go to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. You would be able to receive tuition, but  you would not be eligible for travel funding because you could have gone to school in Whitehorse.

Example 2

You live in Whitehorse and your program is offered at Simon Fraser University in
Vancouver. You want to go to a private school in California. You would be able to receive tuition for the amount your program would cost if you went to Simon Fraser University. You would also be able to receive travel funding to and from Vancouver, but not all the way to California. You would be responsible for the extra costs because your program is offered closer to your place of residence.

What if I'm from a First Nation outside of Yukon?

If you are from a First Nation outside of Yukon, you should contact them to find out about funding. However if you are from the Northwest Territories and you have lived in Yukon for 12 consecutive months you can apply through the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.  

What if I am Métis?

If you are Metis, you should contact the Métis National Council .  

What if I'm from a Self-governing First Nation?

If you are registered with a Self-governing Yukon First Nation, but are not a citizen of that First Nation then you can receive funding from AANDC. Contact us or your First Nation to find out more about this.

If you are a citizen of a Self-governing First Nation other than the Kluane First Nation, you should be able to apply for funding through your First Nation. Otherwise, contact AANDC for more information.

What if I'm not a registered status First Nations person?

If you think you might be eligible to register for status, then contact our office to find out. If you are not registered status, then you can receive funding through your First Nation or your territorial/provincial government.

What if I'm Inuit?

If you are Inuit, from the Northwest Territories, and have lived in Yukon for 12 consecutive months, contact the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.  

If you are Inuit and from another province or territory, please contact the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.  

How will I know if I've been approved for funding?

You will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of whether you have been approved for funding.

Are there deadlines for applying?

Yes, there are deadlines.

  • Fall enrollment –July 15th
  • Winter enrollment –November 15th
  • Spring enrollment –March 31st

If you will be in school in April you must submit a new application by March 1st. This is because April 1st is a new fiscal year for the federal government.

Why do I have to re-apply in March?

If you will be in school in April you must submit a new application by March 1st. This is because April 1st is a new fiscal year for the federal government. We need to have your information and consent forms entered into our system for the new fiscal year; otherwise we can't issue you any cheques.

Where can I get an application package?

You can print an application off our website or contact our office.

When will I get my money? Where will my money be sent?

Your tuition and mandatory fees can be paid directly to the school. You will also receive monthly checks that will include your living allowance, money for books and supplies and travel reimbursement once you have submitted your receipts. We try to make sure your cheque arrives at the beginning of the month. Your cheques will be mailed to the address you provide on your application form. If you change your address, you must notify us in writing as soon as possible.

Do I pay income tax on the funding I receive?

The funding you receive is considered income, but you may be entitled to special deductions as a student. Please contact the Canada Revenue Agency to find out more information on this. We will provide you with a T4-A every year before tax time. Use this form to help you fill out your income taxes.

Do I have to pay back the funding I receive?

If you withdraw from studies or change from full-time to part-time status, you will be required to pay back all or part of the funding you receive. It is important to let us know if you are going to change your course of study.

Why do I need to provide transcripts?

We use your transcripts to verify that you are taking the course load that you indicated on your application. We verify that you have not repeated any courses and that you are maintaining satisfactory marks.

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Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Am I eligible?

All approved students receive funding for tuition and mandatory fees.

How much could I receive?

The eligible cost of your tuition and mandatory fees.

What do I need to do to get the funding?

When you are approved for funding you will receive a package in the mail. In the package you will find three copies of a tuition letter. You need to sign all three and give one to AANDC, one to your school and keep one for your records. This letter allows the school to invoice us directly for your tuition and mandatory fees. It also allows the school to share information with us about what courses you are taking and your grades. Without this letter we cannot pay the institution directly. If funds are paid to the individual, it is up to the individual to pay the school.

NOTE: We will only pay fees that your school considers mandatory. Depending on your school this could include health insurance, lab, activity, registration or bus fees. If the fee is not mandatory then you must pay it yourself. Contact your school to find out which fees are mandatory. Make sure you are aware of any fees that you will have to pay.

When will I receive the money?

You won't receive this money. Your tuition and mandatory fees are paid directly to the school on your behalf once you have given them and us the signed tuition letter.

Books and Supplies

Am I eligible?

All approved students receive an allowance for books and supplies.

How much will I receive?

This will depend on your funding provider. If your funding provider is AANDC,  you will receive a maximum of $1,000 per year. You will have to pay any expenses over this amount. This money will be divided by semesters. For example you might receive $500 each semester for two semesters.

What do I need to do to get the funding?

Submit an application for funding. If you are eligible you will automatically receive this funding.

When will I receive the money?

You will receive this money at the beginning of your semester; it may be added to your monthly cheque if you are receiving the living allowance.

Travel

Am I Eligible?

If you are a full-time student whose program is not offered in your place of residence you are eligible for travel funding.

Travel funding is available for you and your immediate family (spouse and children under 18)

If your program is offered in your permanent place of residence, but you choose to go to another school then you may not receive the travel funding. 

How much will I receive?

You will receive the actual cost, up to $1,000, for a return-trip from your permanent place of residence to the nearest post-secondary institution that offers your program. You can receive funding for a return-trip every 16 weeks for a maximum of two round-trips a year.

What do I need to do to get the funding?

You must submit receipts to receive this money. They could be receipts for plane, bus, or ferry tickets, hotels, and gas. The receipts must show the date and YOUR name.

Receipts should be submitted within two weeks of the date of travel.

When will I receive the money?

You can ask for an advance of half your travel money. The rest will be provided when you submit receipts. If you do not provide receipts you will have to pay back the travel money. If your advance exceeds your eligible expenses, you will have to pay back the difference.

Once you submit receipts the money will be mailed to you as a cheque. It may be added to your monthly cheque if you are receiving the living allowance.

Living Allowance

Am I eligible?

All full-time students receive the living allowance.

How much will I receive?

Rates are based on the Canada Student Loan Need Assessment Living Allowance and what category you fall under as a student.  (ie: single living away, single with dependents, married etc.) The maximum rates are available from Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

What do I need to do to get the funding?

Submit an application for funding. If you are eligible you will automatically receive this funding. If you have children or a spouse/common law partner, you must provide proof of dependants. For example a National Child Benefit report from the Canadian Revenue Agency or birth certificates of your children.

When will I receive the money?

You will receive monthly cheques. We try to make sure this cheque arrives at the beginning of the month. If you change your address, you must notify us in writing.

Contact Yukon Region Post-secondary Education:

Yukon Region Post-Secondary Education
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Room 122, Elijah Smith Building 300 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2B5
Phone: (867) 667-3399 or toll free 1-800-661-0451 (For Yukon First Nation students only.  If you belong to a non-Yukon First Nation you may contact the Public Enquiries Contact Centre toll-free at 1-800-567-9604).
Fax: (867) 667 3384           
Email: pse-epsyukon@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca

For Yukon First Nation students only. If you belong to a non-Yukon First Nation you may contact the Public Enquiries Contact Centre toll-free at 1-800-567-9604). Non-Yukon First Nation students who want to pursue post-secondary studies and access available funding programs should contact their local band office, Inuit designated organization or their local INAC regional office.

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