Bow Valley College is committed to empowering all learners to succeed in their education and life. We realise Indigenous learners may face unique financial barriers. There are options available and we’re here to help.

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit prospective student, you may be eligible for funding while attending Bow Valley College.

We want you to succeed and thrive while on your educational journey and we understand that accessibility to education is crucial and can often seem difficult to navigate.

You’re not alone.

Funding information for Indigenous Students

Funding Sources for Indigenous Students (PDF)
How to determine your banding for Indigenous Funding options (PDF)


First Nations and Inuit Band Funding

Contact your local Band Office for further information, or go to the Indigenous Services Canada Website:



Indspire is a national Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people. For First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students, Indspire provides hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and awards to thousands of Indigenous students every year:


Rupertsland Institute

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) is an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and provides post-secondary financial aid to Métis students:


Freehorse Family Wellness Society

Freehorse Family Wellness Society (FFWS) administers the Post-Secondary Funding Program on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). The Post-Secondary Funding Program assists students who have regained their status as a result of Bill C-31 from various Alberta First Nations, and students who are residents of Alberta with Northwest Territories or Inuit Treaty Status:


Indigenous Bursary Search Tool


Canada/Alberta Student Financial Aid

If you’re enrolled in a post-secondary career certificate or diploma program, you may be eligible for Canada and Alberta government loans and grants. For information and to apply, go to


To register for a Student Loan Information Session, please call 403-410-1681 or email


Bow Valley College Awards Program



Additional Financial Literacy Resources:

For additional information please visit The Iniikokaan Centre

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