Assessment Centre/ Learner Benefits Funding FAQ
When can I apply for Funding? How long does the application process take?
A: If you have been recommended for funding by an Authorized BGS Official, the Application will be sent to the Learner Income Support Office (LISO) where processing can take 4-6 weeks. Individuals can apply for funding up to 5 months prior to the start date of school.
Can I apply for funding at any time in the school year?
A: Yes you can. Funding will start the month your application is received by the Learner Income Support Office.
What sort of fees do Learner Benefits cover?
A: Funding amounts you receive will depend on your living situation and family size. The fees may cover things like school fees owing for the year you are applying (Mandatory Fees, Book Costs, Grad Fees), as well as Living Costs while attending training (rent, food, bus pass, child care). You will also receive a Health Benefits Card for yourself and dependants to cover things like prescriptions, basic dental care, glasses etc.
How will I know when my application has been approved by LISO?
A: You will receive a call from your BGS Service Manager, as well as a Funding Decision Letter from LISO. The Letter will outline the amount of funding you will be receiving and the months it will be provided.
I learn better in a self paced environment rather than a traditional classroom setting. Can I attend an Outreach School to complete my courses?
A:Yes. Your Service Manager can provide you with options for eligible schools in your region.
Do I get funding during the summer months?
A: No, funding only covers the time you are in school.
Can I work part-time while I am in school?
What happens if I am not eligible for funding?
A: Your Service Manager will explain why you cannot be recommended at this time. We will provide you with other resources that may be able to assist you. You can always return at a later date if your situation changes and you would like to be re-assessed.
I am working right now. Can I quit my job and apply for Learner Benefits?
A: No! Quitting your job may jeopardize your eligibility for funding. Talk with your Service Manager about your situation and they will advise you of the process for attending school full time while working.
My food costs are high due to special diet restrictions. Will the grant be able to help with these costs?
A: Possibly, depending on the individual situation and provided documentation
My financial situation has changed since I started school (e.g., my partner has been laid off, I started a part-time job, the rent has gone up, we moved, etc) what do I do?
A: You should inform your Service Manager as soon as possible so that a “Change of Circumstance” form can be forwarded to LISO to have your situation re-assessed.
My teacher is recommending different courses for me than we originally planned when I applied for funding. Is that okay?
A: Possibly. You must inform your Service Manager to discuss any possible changes to your planned courses so that they can ensure this does not impact your full time funding status.
I live with my parents, but they expect me to pay rent. Can I apply for rent costs?
A: Yes, if you have been recommended for funding by an Authorized Official at BGS.
I prefer to have my relatives look after my children instead of subsidized daycare? Can I get assistance to pay for babysitting by relatives?
A: Yes, as long as the relatives do not live in the same household
Will I have to travel to Edmonton to be assessed for funding?
A: No. We offer distance delivery options for our services. We can meet with you set up a time to meet with you online or over the phone if you are outside of the Edmonton region.
What happens if I stop attending school while receiving funding?
A: As a funded Learner, you are responsible for attending and progressing at school. Lack of attendance will jeopardize your ability to continue to receive funding.
I will be turning 20 years old during the school year. Can I still receive funding?
A. Yes. If you apply for funding prior to turning 20, you can receive funding for the remainder of the school year.
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