Awards for SAIT alumni

The following awards are exclusive to SAIT alumni who have received a SAIT-issued credential for an apprenticeship, certificate (credit or non-credit), diploma or degree. Awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cover the partial tuition cost of a single eligible continuing education course and are applied by the student using a discount code* at the time of online registration.

Digital Trailblazer Alumni Fund

Funded by the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF), the Digital Trailblazer Alumni Fund supports graduates returning to SAIT to develop or build on their digital skills and expertise across multiple sectors. Eligible registrants can apply for a one-time discount code that covers up to 80% of the value of a digital bootcamp, micro-credential or course.

If you are a SAIT graduate and interested in a digital-specific course, we recommend applying for this alumni award first while funding is available.

Learn more about eligibility, course availability and how to apply.

Level Up Alumni Award

The Level Up Alumni Awards offers both credit and non-credit funding options for graduates returning to SAIT to upskill or begin a new career path.

Returning students registering for a continuing education or professional studies course can apply for a discount code that covers up to 75% of the value of a single course in an academic calendar year.

There are credit entrance awards available to full-time and part-time students accepted into an apprenticeship, certificate, diploma or degree program.

Learn more about criteria and how to apply.

General awards and funding opportunities

The following awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cover the partial tuition cost of a single eligible course and are applied by the student using a discount code at the time of online registration.

Digital Discovery Bursary

The Digital Discovery Bursary is funded by the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) and is awarded based on financial need.

This award covers 100% of the cost of tuition for one, eligible digital-technology continuing education course of any value that is 30 hours or more in duration. A one-time award code is issued per qualified student. This award is open on an ongoing basis until funds are depleted. Applications take approximately five business days to review and process.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a minimum 18 years old
  • have a social insurance number (SIN)
  • live in Calgary (proof of Calgary address required)

Note: Spring 2024 funding for this bursary is now closed. Check back in August for our next bursary intake.

Canada Alberta Job Grant (CAJG)

Are you and your employer looking for funding to support your current or future training requirements on the job? The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an excellent way for employers to support and invest in their current and future employees with training aligned to in-demand skills and competency requirements. Employers can get up to two-thirds of the costs reimbursed to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be reimbursed, up to $15,000 per trainee. Individual employers have a cap of $300,000 for the amount of grant funding they can receive per fiscal year.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.

Windmill Microlending

Are you new to Canada with prior education, skills and experience struggling to get into a career of your choice in Canada? Windmill Microlending is Canada’s only national charity providing affordable low-interest loans of up to $15,000, which could pay for:

  • education and training programs of two years or less, including courses to help you advance your career
  • fees for licensing and qualifying exams
  • living allowance to support you during your training, licensing, or relocation
  • credentials assessments
  • English or French language training
  • relocation costs for employment 
  • travel expenses to take courses or exams not available in your area
  • books, course materials, and work equipment
  • professional association fees

Windmill has impacted more than 10,000 clients with the generous support of public funding and private donors.

To be eligible, you must,

  • be an immigrant and a permanent resident, protected person, convention refugee, provincial nominee, or a Canadian citizen.
  • be an internationally-trained immigrant requiring licensing, re-training or relocation to achieve your career goals.
  • currently live in Canada. 
  • not have an undischarged bankruptcy.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.

Canada Training Credit

Launched in 2019, the Canada Training Credit (CTC) is a refundable tax credit. This credit will reduce the tax owing on your income tax return, and if higher than your amount owing, you’ll receive a refund for the difference. The CTC is available for eligible tuition and other fees paid for courses taken in 2020 and subsequent tax years. It's accumulated at a rate of $250 per year, up to a lifetime limit of $5,000.

If you’re a permanent resident of Canada aged 26 to 66 and meet all other Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) criteria (including meeting minimum working income and maximum net income conditions set for the tax year you’re claiming the credit for), you’re eligible to claim the CTC on your income tax return.

Learn more about eligibility and how to claim the CTC.

Tax receipts

When you register and pay for courses and programs at SAIT, you will be issued a T2202 and T4A slip which you can use on your tax return (if applicable). The receipts are released on the last day of February each year for the previous tax year. You can access them from your mySAIT account.

Learn more about tax receipts


*Note: Discount codes cannot be applied to a course (section) you’ve started or completed. If you wish to apply a discount to an eligible course that you’ve already registered for but not started, you’ll need to drop the course ($50 admin fee) and re-register (assuming there’s still a seat available) to apply the discount. Contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca for more information.

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