In 2024, Alberta continues to support aspiring Health Care Aides (HCAs) through generous bursary programs, acknowledging the critical role they play in the healthcare system. HCA Bursary programs in Alberta offer financial assistance to students pursuing HCA programs, making education more accessible and encouraging more individuals to join this noble profession.
What HCA Bursary funding is available in Alberta?
Alberta Health, in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and NorQuest College, administers a comprehensive HCA Tuition Bursary Program targeting current HCA students, graduates, and employees. This initiative, backed by $12.8 million in bursary funds, aims to address workforce needs in continuing care across Alberta.
There are three specific bursaries available:
- the Tuition Bursary Program,
- the Workplace Bursary Program,
- and the Financial Incentive Program.
Note: Students do not need to be enrolled in a NorQuest program, nor do they get preference.
Understanding Each of the Alberta HCA Bursary Programs
Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program (HCATB)
This bursary supports students currently enrolled in HCA courses. It’s aimed at those in the midst of their studies, providing financial aid to ease the journey towards becoming a healthcare aide.
This one is designed for individuals who completed a licensed HCA program before the HCATB was established. It offers financial support to these graduates, helping them transition smoothly into the healthcare workforce.
This bursary targets students in workplace-based HCA programs, promoting both enrollment in accredited courses and future employment in Alberta’s continuing care sector post-certification.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Each program will have its own unique criteria, but generally, they require enrollment in an approved HCA program after or before a certain date and a commitment to work in a continuing care setting upon completion.
Additional criteria that span each program include:
- Enrollment in an approved Health Care Aide program in Alberta
- Commitment to work in a continuing care setting in Alberta upon program completion
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
- Demonstration of financial need for the bursary
The application process involves submitting an application form with required documentation to prove eligibility and financial need. This initiative is designed to ensure that financial barriers do not prevent talented and dedicated individuals from pursuing careers as Health Care Aides.
How much money can I get?
You can receive up to $9,000 from the Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program, $3,200 from the Workplace Program Bursary, or between $2,000 to $4,000 from the Financial Incentive Program, depending on your work location post-graduation. The exact amount depends on the program you’re eligible for and where you plan to work as a health care aide.
Impact on Students and the Healthcare Sector
The HCA Bursary Programs not only benefit students financially but also contribute to the healthcare sector by ensuring a steady influx of qualified HCAs. This is crucial for maintaining high standards of care for Alberta’s aging population and those requiring long-term care.
Spotlight on ABES’s Health Care Aide Program
ABES (Alberta Business & Educational Services) is a licensed institution that offers a comprehensive Health Care Aide Program. With a focus on practical skills and hands-on experience, ABES equips students with the knowledge and competencies needed to excel as HCAs. Interested individuals are encouraged to explore ABES’s program and take the first step towards a fulfilling career as a Health Care Aide.
Empower Your Future in Healthcare with ABES Today
Start your healthcare career with ABES College and get financial support through Alberta’s HCA Bursary Programs. With our HCA program, you can access up to $9,000 for your education. Contact ABES College today to chat with an advisor!