Military Student

Portage College has partnered with the Canadian Armed Forces to provide CAF members and veterans with flexible learning opportunities and support for transitioning to civilian life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Military-connected individuals have a direct link with the Canadian Armed Forces or the military of their home nation. Military-connected students may identify as:

  • Current serving members of the Regular Force
  • Current serving members of the Reserve Component
  • Veterans
  • Department of National Defence – Civil Servant
  • Immediate Family of CAF member or Veteran

We have many programs to choose from with certificate, diploma and degree options. Our Student Advisors are here to help you with your decision. We have several areas of interest that may interest you such as:

As a military-connected student, you could be entitled to credit for your military record and experience. Your acquired knowledge and skills gained through experience will be evaluated to assess if credit can be granted. In order to apply to have your miliary record reviewed for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition for a Portage College program, please submit your Member's Personnel Record Resume to our academic advisor.

Ary you interested in seeing how your military trade qualification applies Alberta certification? For more information, please review the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training recognized trade credentials equivalencies. Contact your local Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Military-connected individuals can expect a high standard of support and service from qualified college personnel.

Here are some of the activities we can help you with:

  • Academic advising
  • Counselling and wellness
  • IT & Moodle help
  • Scholarships, awards and bursaries
  • Student learning services
  • Transfer arrangements

Funding Opportunities

If you are thinking of attending college after your career in the military, you may qualify for financial help through the Education and Training Benefit program.


Support our Troops administers the National Scholarship Program, operating within Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. This program awards scholarships to eligible dependents and the spouses of serving or former CAF members.

If you are the child of a deceased Veteran or Canadian Armed Forces member, you may qualify for funding to help. The Government of Canada provides tax-free financial support to a student enrolled in a full-time post-secondary education program.

Flight Sergeant Erlyn E. Kirby Memorial Bursary. This bursary is for descendants of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. If the ultimate sacrifice was not made, active duty may be considered.

Portage College has scholarships, awards and bursaries available for students. To qualify students must be registered in, or have successfully graduated from a program and fulfil specific requirements. 

Military-connected individuals wishing to speak with someone from the Canadian Armed Forces about their educational options can contact their Personnel Selection Officer.

At Portage College, the contact for military-connected students is Alexandra Nixon. She can be reached at (780) 639-7109.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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