Financial Aid & Awards
How To Fund Your Education
An investment in your education is an investment in yourself and your future. It’s a big commitment – and a wise one. And now is the time to ensure your finances are in order. If you are looking for some guidance as you plan your future here, Lethbridge College can provide you with plenty of sound financial advice.
In this section, you will find information about scholarships, grants, loans, and financial planning. You can also try out a tool to help you figure the cost of your education. Our office is here to help you open doors and make your dreams come true. It’s your future. Welcome to it.
- Be sure to check out the "Menu Links" at the right, for information on external awards, grant funding and student loans.
Get Started - Create a Budget!
The first thing you will want to do is create a budget. This can help you make smart choices to meet your post-secondary education goals. Budgeting isn't just about listing your expenses and income. Good budgeting helps you see the big picture (tuition, books, living expenses, and savings) while understanding the small details (what resources you might already have, if you need to reduce your spending, if it makes sense to find a part-time job.)
There is a lot of help out there for students of all backgrounds and experiences. But don't expect student loans, awards, scholarships, or bursaries to cover all of your expenses. These are meant to supplement, not replace, the financial resources that you and your family contribute. You can start preparing now by setting aside resources to help you cover the cost of your education.
You probably already know there can be roadblocks to creating a budget and sticking with it. Our budget wizard tool below can help you make sense of your finances and the cost of your education. A bit of discipline and a good attitude can help you stick to it.
Our Budget Wizard is a free self-service tool that pulls it all together in just three easy steps.
Step 1 – Input your income. List any amounts you’ve saved or received for your education along with potential income from jobs, scholarships, and awards received to date.
Step 2 – Calculate your costs. The budget wizard tool helps you figure the price of your specific program as well as fees, textbook costs, accommodation rates and other expenses of living while in Lethbridge.
Step 3 – Consider your shortfall (if any). At this stage, you'll see how much funding, if any, you'll still need and have all of the information in front of you to understand the cost -- and value -- of your education at Lethbridge College.
Why not give it a try? Take some time to plan now – and cash in on your investment after you complete your program. Try the Budget Wizard.