What is Learner Income Support?

Government of Alberta Learner Income Support is a financial support program managed by the Government of Alberta to support Alberta residents access adult education to help them towards more sustainable employment.

What programs are eligible for Learner Income Support funding?

Bow Valley College provides the following Learner Income Support qualifying programs: 

Post-secondary (college-level) programs are not eligible for Learner Income Support funding. You should explore Alberta Student Aid and other financial aid options for these programs.

Government of Alberta Learner Income Support funding is limited. We recommend applying early and promptly following any instructions provided by Bow Valley College to improve your chances of qualifying for funding.

Instructions for applying for admission and funding

1. Apply for admission to Bow Valley College

First, you must apply for admission to an eligible program at Bow Valley College. Our Prospective Student Centre can help you understand how to apply for admission. 

For most programs, you must pay a non-refundable application fee of $65. This fee is for your application to college - it is not related to Learner Income Support funding.

After you apply for admission, you will need to qualify for admission. For high school upgrading, you may need to submit your high school transcripts write our placement test. For English programs, you will generally need to submit your Canadian Language Benchmark marks. 

2. Complete your Learner Income Support application

Learner Income Support funding applications and information can be found on the Government of Alberta website.  Students can apply online or print the application form from the website.

For help with your funding application, call the Alberta Supports Call Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or visit an Alberta Service CentreBow Valley College staff cannot help you with your Learner Income Support funding application.

Training start and end dates: Use these training dates when completing when your program will start and end at Bow Valley College:

Number of terms of study Training start date Training end date 
 One term (Fall only)  August 29, 2019   December 18, 2019
 Two terms (Fall and Winter)  August 29, 2019   April 27, 2020
 Three terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring)  August 29, 2019   August 21, 2020

3. Get your Training Provider Information form (TPI)

A Training Provider Information Form (TPI) confirms to the Government of Alberta that you have been accepted to Bow Valley College. You must request your TPI form at the Office of the Registrar in person. We do not email, mail, or fax this form to students.

After you have picked-up your TPI form, you may choose to:

  1. Submit the TPI directly to the Learner Income Support Office yourself.
  2. Give your completed Learner Income Support paper application to Bow Valley College and we will mail the application and your TPI to the Government of Alberta on your behalf.

Important information about Learner Income Support funding

The Government of Alberta has made changes to funding, and we expect that new funded seats for the rest of the year will be very limited. Please refer to the chart below for availability by program.

Training Provider Information (TPI) form
  • You need to request a Training Provider Information (TPI) form from Bow Valley College to send in with your Learner Income Support funding application.
  • To qualify for a Training Provider Information (TPI) form, students must be accepted into an eligible program.
  • To request a TPI form, you must bring your completed Learner Income Support application to the Office of the Registrar. Bow Valley College cannot help you fill out the Learner Income Support application form, and will not check whether your application form for accuracy.
  • Submitting your application and being issued a TPI form does not guarantee you will get a seat in classes. Your final registration depends on whether seats are available in your program, and whether your funding has been approved in time.

Program Opening date / Availability
How to obtain a TPI form
English Language Learning -- Continuing Learners
Not currently available

Not currently available

English Language Learning -- New Learners Not currently available

Not currently available

Academic Upgrading -- Continuing Learners

Not currently available


Not currently available

Academic Upgrading -- New Learners  Not currently available

Not currently available

Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP)
All students accepted into this program will be issued a TPI if they request one.
Contact CRTP program Please visit the Corporate Readiness Training Program office, 4th Floor, North Campus.

All dates above are subject to change.

Applying for Learner Income Support funding

Applying for Learner Income Support can be a complex process. Students are encouraged to read the information below carefully before starting their application.

Deadline to apply

Please review the table above.

Training start and end dates

When filling out your Learner Income Support funding application, make sure you use the correct training start date and training end date. Any errors might cause a delay in processing your application.

Number of terms Training start date Training end date
Applying for funding for 1 term (Fall term only)  August 29, 2019 
December 18, 2019
Applying for funding for 2 terms (Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms)

August 29, 2019
April 27, 2020
Applying for funding for 3 terms (Fall 2019, Winter and Spring/Summer 2020)
August 29, 2019
August 21, 2020

After you have applied

Find out if you have been approved

The Government of Alberta will normally send you a letter about the status of your application approximately six to eight weeks after you have applied.

  • If you have not received a funding decision letter from Government of Alberta within two months and you would like to know the status of your application, contact the Learner Income Support Office at 1-800-222-6485.  
  • This information is only available by phone. Do not go to an Alberta Support Centre location for this information. They cannot help with this type of request.

Contact us

Client Services

South Campus, First Floor
345 - 6 Avenue SE

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The College is closed on statutory holidays.

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