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Emergency Funding

Unfortunate circumstances can arise without a moment’s notice. Red Deer Polytechnic does not want you nor your studies to suffer as a result. Review our emergency funding options below or discuss your situation with a Student Connect Centre advisor.    

Emergency Bursaries

The Red Deer Polytechnic Emergency Bursary is intended to assist students experiencing a financial shortfall due to unforeseen circumstances. To determine if you are eligible to receive an emergency bursary, please answer the following questions: 

  • Are you experiencing a financial shortfall due to unforeseen circumstances?
  • Are you currently attending classes at Red Deer Polytechnic?
  • Is your current study period at least 4 weeks in length? 

If you answered yes to all of the above, please proceed to the Emergency Bursary Application. Please note the Emergency Bursary Committee meets weekly. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted if more information is required.  

Emergency Loans

Emergency loans are available to students who have yet to receive their funding due to an unanticipated delay. Emergency loans must be repaid within 30 days (extenuating circumstances will be considered). Contact the Student Connect Centre to discuss your emergency loan eligibility. 

Students' Association of Red Deer Polytechnic Food Bank

The Students' Association of Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides food bank services to students experiencing financial shortfalls. Complete the Students' Association of RDP Food Bank Application if you would like to access this resource. Please note students are limited to a maximum of one hamper per four-month term and a lifetime maximum of three hampers in total.  

Bus Passes

If you find yourself in a transportation emergency, contact the Students Association to discuss accessing bus tickets. 

Holiday Resources

The holiday season is a magical time, but it can also be hard on the wallet. Don't stress - your community has your back! Visit our Financial Wellness webpage for a list of community resources that are available to assist you and your family throughout the holiday season to ensure a very merry time is had by all.


Student Connect Centre 
Room 1102 | Red Deer Polytechnic
Box 5005 - 100 College Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5 
t: 403.342.3254 | f: 403.342.3262 | e: studentconnect [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca
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