Financial support available for SAIT students at Lamb Learner Success Centre

Lamb Learner Success Centre: Lala Ahmad is sitting in the Lamb Learner Success Centre in the Stan Grad building at SAIT, Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Photo by Jyoti Jyoti/The Press)

Paying tuition fees can be challenging, especially for international students. And the SAIT Lamb Learner Success Centre (LLSC) is there to help students in various ways to assist them with financials.

According to Statistics Canada, in the 2022–23 academic year, the average domestic student paid $6,834 in tuition, while the average international student paid nearly six times that amount, at $36,123.

The LLSC offers a tuition installment plan, which divides payments into three equal monthly amounts.

“Business students are the No. 1 stream, with students applying more for installments, and then hospitality,” said Nancy Agumagua, a financial advisor at LLSC.

“In the last winter semester, we had over 300 applications from international students, and for this spring semester, I am expecting more than 300 students, and for four semesters, I am expecting two times more than this ratio.”

Applications for the spring semester begin on March 25 and continue until May 3.

Students in the third semester of their program qualify for the plan. Specifically, students need to be registered in three or more courses, or a minimum of nine credits and have a valid study permit and savings to make their first installment tuition payment.

Students can apply online and upload the required documents, which are a copy of their study permit, three months of the most recent bank statements, a paystub if applicable, and a check to see if their direct deposit is not showing on their bank statement.

If they have a family member who will be contributing toward their fees, they also need a letter of commitment.

Several other factors are responsible for students not paying their fees easily, such as fewer jobs, high rents on accommodations, and expensive groceries.

A Global Affairs Canada report says international students in Canada spend $22.3 billion on tuition, accommodation, and discretionary spending every year.

The LLSC also provides other services for students, such as academic coaching, tutoring, financial advice, and transfer options.

Students can visit the LLSC office in the SAIT Stan Grad Centre, Room MC221 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m..

Working at LLSC: Lala Ahmad is sitting in the Lamb Learner Success Centre in the Stan Grad building at SAIT, Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Photo by Jyoti Jyoti/The Press) (Photo by Jyoti Jyoti/The Press)
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