Fees & Financial Aid Overview

Prairie does everything we can to make the cost of attendance affordable. As an accredited, private, post-secondary college in Alberta, Prairie receives no direct funding from the government. Student fees make up approximately 65% of the total budget. The remainder comes from gracious donors who believe so strongly in what Prairie’s education accomplishes in the lives of students that they assist students by giving directly to the college.

Student Financial Services Fees & Information
Please refer to the following documents and links for everything you need to know about paying for your Prairie education:

Contact the Financial Aid Office
Toll Free: 1.800.661.2425
Local Phone: 403.443.3042
Toll Free Fax: 1.800.235.5714
Email: finaid@prairie.edu
In Person: 2nd floor Maxwell Centre, 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri (excluding holidays).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We have a number of funds to help new and returning students meet their educational costs. For a list of scholarships and bursaries, see the Financial Aid Information Package. All of Prairie’s financial awards are based on financial need. Students on academic and/or conduct probation will not normally receive financial assistance or scholarships. The deadline for all financial assistance is June 1.

Campus Leaders Bursary
Prairie College strives to provide excellent teaching as well as intentional learning experiences outside the classroom. To lower student debt and provide a valuable holistic education, we have created the Campus Leaders Bursary (CLB). The CLB provides a bursary equal to free accommodation (equivalent to double-occupancy dorm room) for eligible third and fourth years students participating in specific campus positions. For more information, please visit our CLB page.

Scholarships are awarded in amounts varying from $200 - $2,000. Students who are granted a scholarship from Prairie will have it applied to their student account following registration in January (second semester). Failure to enroll in September disqualifies the student from the entire award.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.



Student Loans

Applications for provincial and federal student aid must be received at the provincial/state loan and processing centres no later than June 15 in order to have approval before college begins. Applications usually require 6-8 weeks to process. Application forms may be obtained by phoning the Student Finance Officer at Prairie or by calling the student loan center in your province or state.

A listing of Canadian and American Student Loan websites is available here.

No interest or principal payments are required while attending a post secondary institution full–time. Interest payments begin immediately following the end of the semester. Interest does not accrue between academic years if the break is six months or less. Principal payments begin six months following the end of the semester in which you graduate or quit school.

American Student Loans Information
US Students wishing to apply for federally funded financial aid should consult the following documentation:

Federal Disclosure for Gainful Employment Programs

Please note that costs on the above links are in US funds with exchange calculated as of September 24, 2015.

Employment Opportunities

A variety of employment opportunities are available on campus to assist in covering the costs associated with your education. Part-time positions are available in the TS Rendall Library, Food Services, and Admissions Office as the need arises. Please apply in person when you arrive on campus.

International Students: If you plan to work while in Canada it is important that you get the appropriate permits from immigration. Please ask immigration officials to include the condition that you may be employed on and off our campus (to ensure there is no problem if you are able to secure such employment).  For more information please contact finaid@prairie.edu.


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