The program aims to improve the employability of First Nation and eligible Inuit students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.
Eligible post-secondary levels include:
- community college and CEGEP diploma or certificate programs
- undergraduate programs
- advanced or professional degree programs
The program is administered by the First Nation or the First Nation or Inuit designated organization that determines the funding and selection criteria in accordance with national guidelines. INAC provides funding for this program as part of core funding agreements with Indigenous governments and organizations.
Eligible costs covered by the program may include tuition, books, travel support and living allowances.
The maximum amount payable per full-time student cannot exceed $35,000 per year.
On an extraordinary and justified basis, the maximum amount payable per year for a student in an advanced or professional degree program or a Masters or Doctoral program may exceed $35,000 up to a maximum of $50,000. No student is entitled to this amount.