IRC’s Inuit Post-Secondary Education Funding Programs

“On behalf of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and IRC’s Board of Directors I am very pleased to announce the launch of the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy.  Through negotiations and collaboration with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, our partners across Inuit Nunangat and the Government of Canada, we are able to provide Inuvialuit beneficiaries living throughout Canada with funding to attend a post-secondary education (PSE) program of their choice.  This program aims to address some of the social inequities that serve as needless barriers for many Inuvialuit wishing to attend a post-secondary education program.  Expenses like travel, childcare, tuition & books and a living allowance can be considered.”

IRC Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith

IRC’s Post Secondary Education program funding is available to all enrolled beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement across Canada.  

You may contact Program Coordinator Merlyn Rogers 1 867 777-7091 and or email for additional information, an application to fill out, or to submit your application.


Deadline for Applications:

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Spring and Summer Semester: March 15

Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy (IPSES) funding supports Inuit post-secondary students across Canada with: application fees, tuition, travel costs, child care, books and supplies, living expenses, mentorship and counselling, and more. See what you need to apply and what you may be eligible for below.

All Inuvialuit living in Canada and enrolled as beneficiaries under the Inuvialuit Final Agreement are eligible for IRC’s Post Secondary Education program funding.

What you need for an Application Package:

  1. Completed signed application package (incomplete applications will not be accepted)
  2. Proof of enrolment from Inuvialuit Trust (email: if needed)
  3. (2) Pieces of identification (health care card and picture ID) 
  4. Proof of identification for dependents (i.e., health care card)
  5. Proof of application to SFA funding, response from GNWT/ FANS funding in Nunavut
  6. Proof of application and response from Provincial Student Aid (this is a requirement)
  7. Proof of Employment Insurance (will be reviewed)
  8. Tuition and student fee amounts
  9. Acceptance to program from College/University
  10. Transcripts (high school or most current post-secondary education)
  11. Rental agreement or mortgage documents (to calculate accommodation allowance)

You are eligible for:

1. Transcript and application fees

2. Tuition and other student fees

3. Books and supplies

4. Supplemental tutorial, guidance and counselling services

5. Living Expenses

a. $1000/monthly for single person

b. $1500/monthly with one dependent under 18

c. $1700/monthly with two dependents under 18

d. $1900/monthly with 3+ dependents under 18

6. Accommodation Allowance (provide lease agreement in your name)

a. Up to $800/monthly

b. Indicate if your spouse is employed (if applicable)

7. Travel to and from school

8. Ground transportation to and from school (provide receipts and be reimbursed)

9. Childcare as needed


Merlyn Rogers 
Program Coordinator, Education, Training and Capacity

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Bag Service #21
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

Tel: 1 (867) 777-7091
Fax:  (867) 777-4506
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