Post-Secondary Education Funding
Rupertsland Institute (RLI) provides post-secondary financial aid to Métis students to reduce the overall cost of education and the financial burden it can have. RLI seeks to increase the number of Métis students who successfully complete post-secondary studies and to bring parity between Métis post-secondary participation to that of other Albertans.
The RLI Post-Secondary Education (PSE) program is made possible by a 10-year funding agreement between the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation of Alberta and it is in effect until 2029. Because the agreement is distinctions-based, only Métis Nation of Alberta citizens will be able to access PSE programming.
PSE funding will be available to eligible applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Funding is limited.
Applicants must meet the following requirements; RLI will verify all information provided:
- Must be a member of the Rupertsland Métis Students Association.
- Must produce MNA Citizenship identification card or provide an identification number pending verification by the MNA Registrar.
- Must be enrolled in a recognized post-secondary program in Canada (excluding applicants applying for Referral Program Support).
- Must work with RLI services to determine level of support from Métis Students Services (if applicable) and commit to a Student Action Plan.
Online applications for the RLI Post-Secondary Education program will begin on April 6, 2021 and end at midnight on July 30, 2021 for the 2021 Spring/Summer and Fall Semesters.
For information on Post-Secondary Program funding, please email:
Post-Secondary Education Program Inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries about post-secondary funding.
Information on Status of Application: email@example.com for inquiries about the status of the application. Available to applicants only!
Use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your web browser
- Visit the application webpage (Note: Applications are open on November 2, 2020). You will be directed to the Online Application System.
- Create your RLI student profile by using a valid email address.
- Validate the email address.
- Follow the application instructions and provide ALL information and attach documentation as required. Partial submissions can cause delays and may not be funded as financial support is provided on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants.
- Applicants will be contacted by RLI services to conduct an assessment and commit to a Student Action Plan.
Temporarily Suspended Due To COVID-19 Until Further Notice.
Access to these services is limited and dependant upon an assessment by an advisor.
Students MAY be eligible to access the following supports:
|Métis Student Services Support|
|Referral Support||School Application Fees||Eligible applicants transitioning into 1st year of post-secondary from high school or returning to school in later years. This is a one-time payment.|
|Professional Fees||Current and recent graduates to register in a related professional body.|
|Distant Learning Support||Hardware (laptop), software, IT peripherals||Must be enrolled in 1st college or university in an eligible post-secondary institute.
Eligible applicants enrolled in university (2nd to 4th year) or college (2nd year) may access this support under Sundry support.
Applicants may not apply for distance learning hardware support twice.
|Health Services Support||Counselling||Eligible applicants requiring one-on-one mental health support with a professional counsellor.|
|Sundry Support||Various circumstance||Eligible applicants facing unforeseen events of or circumstance like family emergency, disease, or natural disaster. Funding level based on a needs-assessment.|
Are you a full time Métis student in one of 17 post-secondary institutions in Alberta?
You may qualify for financial assistance through the Métis Scholar Awards program that provides financial support in years one to three of your certificate, diploma or undergraduate program. Depending upon the institution, Métis Scholar Awards may also be available for graduate studies. Final year financial assistance (the last two semesters) is available for students via the RLI Higher Learning Completion program.
The Métis Scholar Awards program is funded through endowment agreements negotiated at post-secondary institutions across Alberta through the Métis Education Foundation (MEF) and RLI. The endowments and awards are administered directly by each post-secondary institution.
Métis Scholar Awards are available at the following institutions and all applications must be submitted directly to the appropriate post-secondary institution:
- Athabasca University
$2,500 for undergraduate students. The number of available awards varies.
Applications are available online
- Bow Valley College
$2,000 – $2,500 for students in certificate programs.
$4,000 – $5,000 for students in diploma programs.
Up to $1,500 for emergency bursaries, available to Métis students in emergency financial situations.
Often two to three awards are presented annually in each category (certificate programs and diploma programs).
Applications are available online
- Concordia University of Edmonton
$2,500 for continuing students registered in full-time studies and able to demonstrate financial need.
Award deadline is November 1st.
Applications are available online
- Grande Prairie Regional College
Minimum value of $1,500 for a student who is enrolled in their first year of studies and minimum value of $2,500 for a student who is enrolled in their second year of studies.
Applications are available from the Awards & Financial Aid Office located in Student Services or online
- Lakeland College
$2,500 – $3,500 for students enrolled full-time in any certificate, diploma, or university transfer program. Two to four awards are available each year.
Applications are available from Student Services at Lakeland College or online
- Lethbridge College
$3,500 for students entering/continuing in post-secondary programs. Up to six awards are available each year. Students may access funding through the Métis Scholar Awards a maximum of two times.
- MacEwan University
$2,000 – $3,000 for certificate/diploma students
$3,000 – $5,000 for undergraduate degree or undergraduate applied degree students
The number of awards available varies.
Applications are available through the Student Resource Centre at MacEwan University or online
- Medicine Hat College
- Mount Royal University
Up to $3,500 per award is available for each academic year. A maximum of five awards are available annually.
Applications are available online
$1,500 – $2,000 for certificate programs
$2,000 – $3,000 for diploma programs
$3,000 – $5,000 for undergraduate applied degree or undergraduate degree programs
At least 20 awards will be distributed each academic year.
Application forms are available through the NAIT Scholarships & Bursaries Office or online
- NorQuest College
$1,500 – $2,000 for certificate/diploma students
$2,000 – $3,000 for university transition students
The number of available awards varies but 25 awards are typically distributed every year.
Applications are available through the Student Financial Aid Office at NorQuest College or online
- Northern Lakes College
Métis Scholar Awards: $2,500 for full-time students in a diploma, certificate or university transfer program.
Métis Student Bursaries: $500 for students in an academic upgrading program.
Four to five awards per category are available each year.
Applications are available through the Student Financial Aid Office at Northern Lakes College or online
- Portage College
Up to 30 awards of $1,500 will be distributed every year.
Application forms are available online
Completed applications must be submitted to the Student Services Centre, Portage College, Box 417, 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche, Alberta T0A 2C0
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More information to come.
- University of Alberta
Three separate award categories are available:
- Métis Scholar Award (One of up to $20,000; consideration will only be given to students enrolled in a graduate program)
- Métis Professional Studies Awards (of up to $10,000; consideration will only be given to students enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of study in any professional undergraduate degree program with differential fees)
- Métis Undergraduate Awards (of up to $5,000; consideration will only be given to students enrolled in the second or third year of study for any undergraduate degree program)
Typically, 13 awards are distributed annually.
Applications are available online through the First Peoples’ House at the University of Alberta.
- University of Calgary
Three separate award categories are available as follows:
- Métis Education Foundation Entrance Awards (three awards available; award amounts vary but may be up to $5,000)
- Métis Education Foundation Continuing Awards (three awards available; award amounts vary but may be up to $5,000)
- Métis Education Foundation Graduate Awards (three awards; award amount $10,000)
- University of Lethbridge
A minimum value of $2,500 for undergraduate degree programs and a minimum value of $10,000 for graduate degree programs, though award amounts vary. At least six undergraduate degree awards and at least one graduate degree award will be made annually.
Application forms are available at the University of Lethbridge Scholarships and Student Finance office or online.
Métis Scholar Awards Criteria
Métis Scholar Awards criteria varies across the different post-secondary institutions. While there are commonalities across the overall endowment program, careful consideration was given to the programs at each institution to maximize the benefits to Métis students.
When considering your application for the Métis Scholar Awards, please contact the post-secondary institution directly to identify application deadlines and specific criteria that may apply.
To qualify for a Métis Scholar Award, a student must meet the criteria of both the Métis Education Foundation (Métis Scholar Awards criteria) and the post-secondary institution where the endowment resides.
The general criteria are as follows:
- Is not receiving RLI Métis Training to Employment (MTE) funding;
- Show proof of Métis ancestry by submitting one of the following:
- photocopy of a valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) citizenship card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA) or a valid Métis citizenship card in any of the following governing members of the Métis National Council: Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia; or
- photocopy of parent’s, grandparent’s or sibling’s valid citizenship card in any of the above named Métis organizations (along with proof of this kinship connection); or
- other valid proof of Métis genealogy linking to the Métis Homeland (as validated by either MNA/RLI);
- Submit a letter outlining how receiving a Métis Scholar Award will assist them in achieving their educational goals
- Is not Inuit, nor a Registered, Treaty or non-status Indian;
- Enrolled in full-time studies;
- Demonstrates financial need;
- Holds minimal GPA requirements.
*Each institution may have its own specific criteria in addition to the eligibility requirements listed above.
The Métis Education Foundation (MEF) offers two Métis Scholar Awards; the MEF Métis Scholar Award and the MEF Early Learning and Child Care Métis Scholar Award. The MEF Métis Scholar Award provides financial assistance and encourages achievements of Métis applicants in academic, artistic and athletic excellence. The MEF Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Métis Scholar Award provides financial assistance to Métis citizens entering ELCC studies at provincial post-secondary institutions.
The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), Rupertsland Institute (RLI), and the Métis Education Foundation (MEF) launched these endowments in 2020. The awards complement the MEF’s current portfolio of endowment partnerships with post-secondary partners in Alberta. The Métis Education Foundation holds both awards internally.
MEF Métis Scholar Award
Awarded to Métis Citizens in pursuit of provincial, national and/or international academic, artistic or athletic excellence pursuits that will enrich the applicant’s life experience and bring recognition to Métis in Alberta.
To be considered for a MEF Métis Scholar Award, an applicant must be:
- In pursuit of provincial, national and/or international academic, artistic or athletic excellence pursuits that will enrich the applicant’s life experience and bring recognition to Métis in Alberta. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and/or excellence in the chosen activity;
- Enrolled in a full-time graduate or undergraduate program in a provincial post-secondary institution where the MEF does not have an endowment agreement;
MEF Early Learning and Child Care Métis Scholar Award
Awarded to Métis Citizens enrolled in a full-time certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate Early Learning and Child Care program.
To be considered for an ELCC Métis Scholar Award for Early Learning and Childcare, an applicant must be enrolled in a full-time certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate Early Learning and Child Care program.
Fill out the appropriate application(s):
Deadline: December 3, 2021
General Award Criteria (each award has additional criteria):
- The number and individual value of both Métis Scholar Awards will be at the discretion of the Métis Scholar Award Selection Committee.
- The number of awards provided may change annually and the value of the awards may vary between $1,500 at a minimum, to a maximum of $10,000. In exceptional circumstances, the Métis Scholar Award Selection Committee may decide to increase the value of the awards to reflect the accomplishments of the various applicants.
- The applicant is not a current client of, or in receipt of funding from, the Rupertsland Institute;
The applicant must show proof of Métis ancestry by submitting:
a. A current Métis Nation of Alberta citizenship card; or,
b. A current Métis Nation of Alberta citizenship card from a parent (supported by the applicant’s long form birth certificate); or,
c. A verifiable Métis genealogical profile showing the applicant’s linkage to the historic Métis Nation in the Canadian Northwest (verified by the MNA).
- The applicant must submit a letter to the Métis Scholar Award Selection Committee explaining how the Métis Scholar Award will support the achievement of excellence in the chosen field. The applicant’s letter can explain the involvement in the Métis Community. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate they have volunteered with the Métis Nation of Alberta or other entities within the Métis Nation of Alberta’s governance structure.
- Applicants agree to be enrolled in RLI’s Métis Student Association and to receive information from RLI regarding programs and activities. Applicants also agree to have their success highlighted in digital and hardcopy materials produced by MNA, RLI and/or MEF.