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More than 100 Calgary college students waiting on Alberta student aid funds for nearly a year

June 9, 2021 – Dozens of students from Calgary’s Qcom College of Technology (QCT College) say they’ve been waiting upward of eight months for funding they were approved for by Alberta Student Aid to be disbursed, and now, after a 45-day review period has come and gone, they still don’t have any answers — or money.

In April, CBC News reported a small group of students in QCT’s medical office assistance program who had been approved for student aid funding by the province hadn’t received a penny of their promised funding for living and tuition, and that just that week their account statuses changed from approved to under review. 

Student Michelle Duka said when the reviews were launched, she and many of her fellow classmates facing this issue, immediately uploaded any documents that were being asked of them by Alberta Student Aid. Up to now, they haven’t received any updates from the province.

Since then, students like Duka have written their final exams and started mandatory practicums, but still haven’t been able to pay the school a dime in tuition.

“I’m so frustrated, mad, angry,” she said. “And I’m stressed out because I don’t know what to do anymore … I cannot afford to pay it from my own pocket, the tuition.”

Classmate Cyrine Oppus Bation said communicating with student aid has been most difficult. She was most recently told over the phone that she would receive an update at the end of this week, so she continues to wait. CBC News reports. | READ MORE