Single or Single Parent
You are considered a resident of the province in which you have most recently lived in for the last 12 consecutive months, prior to being a full-time student.
Married or Common Law
You are considered a resident of the province where a working spouse has been employed for 12 months before the start of the academic year or the of the province where you had residency prior to marriage. If you and your spouse are both enrolled and applying for assistance, it's desirable that one province support both individuals (usually the province where both are enrolled) provided it is one of the provinces where one of the couple lives.
Residency for Permanent Residents
You are considered a resident of the province you settled in or the province in which the most time has been spent. If you have not been available to the labour market of your province for 12 consecutive months, you may only be eligible for federal funding. Apply through the province you currently live in. If you are without established provincial residency, you should contact Student Aid Alberta for eligible funding information.
- Alberta: If you are from another province, but you completed an undergraduate degree in Alberta and then stay for graduate or professional studies, you will be considered an Alberta resident.
- Saskatchewan: If you have been going to school for four consecutive years you will become a resident of Saskatchewan in the fifth consecutive year of post-secondary study.
- Ontario: Residency can be based on a common-law, same-sex relationship. It may also be based on the amount of time the partner has lived in Ontario. However, the partner must have lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months up to the start of the current study period, during which time they must not have been enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies.
You must be out of high school for at least five years to have independent status.