Happy Holidays from all the staff at FFWS! Our office will close for the Christmas holiday on December 23rd (open until noon) and will re-open on January 3rd (regular hours). We hope you have a joyous and restful break. See you in 2017!

New Information

New for the 2017-18 academic year: All students will have to submit a copy of their previous year’s tax return, showing Total Income, as part of their application required documentation. Also, if married (including common law), students will have to submit a copy of their spouse’s previous year’s tax return, showing Total Income, even if not claiming their spouse as a dependent. Eligibility for living allowance sponsorship may be affected by individual and/or total household income.

We want to talk to YOU! If you are a currently funded student, an applicant or just calling for information, it is important that it is YOU we communicate with. While you may have given consent for your funding officer to discuss your funding with your parent, spouse, etc., this is for us to be able to share occasional information, if necessary. Communication on a more regular basis needs to be directly with you, our student. For this reason, as of January 1, 2017, FFWS Funding Officers will only communicate regularly with their students. Please make sure and add your Funding Officer’s email address to your email’s contact list. This will ensure that an email from your Funding Officer will not go to your spam and that you are up to date on all important information regarding your sponsorship.

General Information

We are proud to be an organization that assists in the continuing education of First Nations people.

Freehorse Family Wellness Society (FFWS) is a non-profit organization founded by a few committed and dedicated leaders of Alberta based First Nations.

A Board of Directors made up of First Nations people provides the leadership and direction to the management and staff of FFWS.

We provide services to government agencies through well-developed policies and procedures.

The FFWS staff are committed to working with First Nations by developing and delivering programs and services that will provide knowledge and enhance skills necessary to thrive in this ever-changing world.

Post Secondary Funding Program

FFWS is currently offering a post secondary funding program on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Post Secondary Funding Program assists students from various Alberta First Nations whose status is the result of Bill C-31. Alberta residents from Nunavut and the North West Territories with Indian or Inuit Status are also eligible under our Post Secondary Funding Program.

To see if you are eligible, please go through our eligibility criteria to see if you are eligible to apply for sponsorship with our Program. During sponsorship, FFWS supports our students by providing tuition, books, and living allowance.

Prospective Students

Application Deadlines:

   *Fall and Winter (September – December/April): June 15th

   *Winter Term – (January – April): October 15th

   *Spring and Summer (May – August): March 15th

Applications Forms must be submitted to FFWS by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) of the application deadline dates. Be aware incomplete applications will be sent back to the student to be completed and resubmitted by the deadline. FFWS does not accept applications by fax or email.

Late Applications will be waitlisted and may be reviewed if funds become available.

Students Planning to attend the Winter Term only should still apply by June 15th . It is recommended that applicants not wait until the Winter deadline (October 15).

Currently Sponsored Students

Important Reminders:

FFWS does not pay for health and dental plans offered by your academic institution. It is your responsibility to opt out of these plans by the deadline set by your school. If you do not opt out you will be responsible for any fees that are incurred.
If you are currently being sponsored by FFWS and want to extend your sponsorship in the spring term (May-June) and/or the Summer Term (July-August), you are expected to submit a new application form for sponsorship by the Intersession deadline – March 15th . Late applications will not be considered for intersession.

For the 2015 tax year, FFWS will NOT be required to issue T4A tax receipts for post secondary student grants. You MAY NOT deduct your tuition on your taxes even if you receive a T2202 tax receipt from your school. If you have further questions, please direct them to a tax professional.

If you spend more for mandatory books & supplies for the Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 academic term than is allocated to you and would like to request a reimbursement, you must submit all of your original receipts for the total amount you spent and a mandatory book list from your school by November 15, 2016 and February 15, 2017. Your funding officer will review your request & you may receive a reimbursement.

Required Documents Deadlines:

Winter Course Registrations–December 15th of every year.
Despite course registrations being submitted during the application process, you are required to submit an updated course registration and course summary form to illustrate any changes made and the courses you are still enrolled in. To accommodate this deadline, faxes will be accepted (780-944-0176).

Transcripts or Statement of Grades – January 10th of every year.
FFWS does not require an official transcript at this time. Transcripts/statement of grades will only be accepted if your name and/or student ID number is printed on them by your institution. To accommodate this deadline, faxes will be accepted (780-944-0176).

Failure to submit documents by the deadline will result in a delay to your next month’s deposit of up to one month. If you are unable to submit required documentation by the deadline, contact your funding officer immediately so alternate arrangements can be made.

Please Note **January Deposit**

The January deposit is not intended for Christmas and will not be released before Christmas. You should expect your January deposit on or around December 30th. Remember to submit all your required documents to receive this on time.