BBMA Frequently Asked Questions

These are a few of the most common questions that we get about the BBMAs. We encourage you to read through these as they will help with your application!

General Questions

  • Application Opens: January 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 31 2021 at 11:59 PM.
  • Award decisions released: Email sent out in early July at the latest.
  • Tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Textbooks, computers, or software (only if there is an amount remaining after paying your tuition and mandatory fees)
  • A BBMA will not pay for living expenses, travel expenses, etc.
  • After your award is confirmed, we will arrange for a payment directly to your school.
  • We send the payment when the school sends an invoice, which normally happens in October for Fall term, and February for Winter term.
  • You can apply for both and it is highly recommended that you do apply for BBMA and Rupertsland funding.
  • Rupertsland Institute will fund first to fourth year studies not just the final two terms


YEAR OF STUDY SUPPORT Institution Program Amount
1ST YEAR College and University Diploma or Degree $7,500
2ND YEAR University Degree $7,500
2ND YEAR College Diploma (Final 2 Semesters) $15,000
3RD YEAR University Degree $15,000
4TH YEAR University Degree $15,000
University PhD, MA, MBA or Professional Program Up to $20,000

Yes, Métis Student Services Support from RLI. Students MAY be eligible to access the following supports:

Program Stream Activity Targets
Referral Support School Application Fees Eligible applicants transitioning into 1st year of post-secondary from high school or returning to school in later years. This is a one-time payment.
Professional Fees Current and recent graduates to register in a related professional body.
Distant Learning Support Hardware (laptop), software, IT peripherals Must be enrolled in 1st college or university in an eligible post-secondary institute.
Eligible applicants enrolled in university (2nd to 4th year) or college (2nd year) may access this support under Sundry support.
Applicants may not apply for distance learning hardware support twice.
Health Services Support Counselling Eligible applicants requiring one-on-one mental health support with a professional counsellor.
Sundry Support Various circumstance Eligible applicants facing unforeseen events of or circumstance like family emergency, disease, or natural disaster. Funding level based on a needs-assessment.


Yes, Rupertsland Student Emergency Program (RSEP)

RSEP may provide support in the form of one of the following: rent subsidy, grocery support, distance learning support, tutoring support, or complimentary health services, such as health program enrolment or counselling support. To be eligible for this support, applicants must hold a Métis Nation of Alberta card, be enrolled in a post-secondary institution, and demonstrate financial need related to the pandemic.

  • Yes. All you need is a plan to attend post-secondary. You will need to be accepted for your award to be paid to your school.
  • Yes. You can apply for a BBMA more than once. You do have to apply every year, though.

BBMA Criteria Questions

  • Show that you are a citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta, or a member of the Métis Settlement of Alberta, or that you have applied to them.
  • Alberta Residence and Canadian Citizenship
  • Studying in an eligible program at an eligible post-secondary
  • Involvement with your Métis community and/or volunteering with Métis organizations including (but not limited to): The Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Settlements, Michif Cultural Connections, Métis Child and Family Services, Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards
  • Financial need
  • Students involved in volunteering or leadership, or who have overcome personal challenges
  • Employment outcomes from your program of study
  • Full-time studies (part-time studies are also eligible)
  • First year of post-secondary studies or beginning a transition program (non-first years are still eligible)
  • Two recent references. Use this BBMA Reference Form.
  • A copy of your most recent marks / grades. (We only need the marks from, not an official transcript)
  • Proof of Métis citizenship in the Métis Nation of Alberta, or proof of membership in the Métis Settlements of Alberta, or a letter from either one that says you have applied to them. See the next question on this page for more information
  • To apply for a BBMA, provide proof of Métis citizenship in the Métis Nation of Alberta, or proof of membership in the Métis Settlements of Alberta, or a letter from either one that says you have applied to them.
  • We will consider the following as proof of Alberta Métis identity:
    • Picture of your MNA Citizenship Card or Certificate
    • Picture of your Alberta Métis Settlement Membership card
  • The BBMA Panel reserves the right to develop other criteria and processes concerning Alberta Métis identity. To ensure transparency and fairness, if any such criteria or process is developed it will be posted online before being applied by the BBMA panel.
  • Eligible programs include: Certificates, diplomas, applied degrees, undergraduate or professional degrees, and academic upgrading.
  • Academic Upgrading, bridging, or college preparation programs are eligible. Students must indicate how completion of study will help them gain admission to a post-secondary program or lead to future gainful employment.
  • Graduate/professional programs are eligible when they are required to gain certification in a field. This includes: Law, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Graduate programs which are primarily academic in nature OR where employment can be obtained with an undergraduate degree (e.g. education, nursing) are not eligible for funding.
  • You can study in Alberta. Awards can be used at any public university, college, or technical institute in Alberta, as well at any private institution or vocational school accredited by ApplyAlberta
  • You can study within Canada. In order to get a BBMA for a school outside Alberta, you must must clearly address why you have selected a school outside of Alberta.
  • References are very important for your application. Use this BBMA Reference Form.
  • We recommend getting a reference from someone who can talk about your Métis involvement.
  • Your reference should provide concrete details about your involvement or circumstances.
  • You can get a reference from: your teacher, your contact from volunteering, your employer, your coach, etc.
  • We do not accept references from: immediate family members (parents or siblings)

Application Questions

  • The most important part of the budget section is having a (mostly) balanced budget.
  • You should consider applying for a student loan or saving money to contribute to your education.

Still have questions? We would be happy to help.

Theresa Majeran, BBMA Coordinator
Phone: 780-977-5515