As an online university that lets you learn on your own schedule, Athabasca University approaches scheduling differently than traditional schools. Though we have many of the same events and milestones, very few deadlines apply to all students. Your key dates will likely be different from those of your classmates.
|Undergraduate students||Apply anytime – no deadline!|
|Graduate students||Deadlines vary by program|
|Financial aid||4 months before beginning studies|
|Students with disabilities||4-6 months before beginning studies|
|Other key dates|
|Transfer credit assessment||Current processing time: 4 weeks after all transcripts are received|
|Graduate program offer letter||Varies by program|
|Undergraduate course registration||Monthly – register by February 10th to start March 1st.|
|Graduate course registration||Varies by program|
|Withdraw with refund||Up to, or 30 days after course start date|
|Course extension||Apply at least 30 days before course end date|
|Other key dates|
|Courses start||Monthly, on the 1st of each month|
|Receive tutor information||1-2 weeks before course start (check myAU)|
|Access course materials||On or before start date. For etext courses, check myAU.
|Maintain active student status||Register for at least one course every 12 months|
For full details on request processing times, see our service standards.
You can apply to AU anytime. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Your program begins when you apply.
Current processing time: 4 weeks after all transcripts are received
You may register in courses while waiting for the results of your transfer credit evaluation.
Deadline: varies by program
Most graduate programs have specific intake dates each year, with related application deadlines. Learn more about graduate applications.
Offer of admission to a graduate program
Timeline: varies by program
All graduate programs review and process applications differently, so timelines will vary from faculty to faculty. Please contact your program for information about your application status. See all graduate programs.
Timeline: 4 months
If you need funding for your AU program, apply at least 4 months before you want to begin your studies. Learn more about financial aid.
Timeline: 4–6 months
If you have a disability, we encourage you to contact the Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD) office 4–6 months before you want to begin your studies. ASD can provide services on a shorter timeframe, but starting the process early will ensure there is enough time to set up supports and apply for funding. Get other helpful hints from ASD.
Deadline: register by February 10th to start March 1st
Courses start on the first of each month. However, you must register and pay by the 10th of the previous month to begin on the first. Learn how to register for courses.
Receiving tutor information
Timeline: 1–2 weeks before course start
You can request course help once your course begins. Learn more about tutors and student success
Deadline: varies by program
Many graduate programs are cohort-based and use online grouped study. These courses have defined start and end dates and a registration deadline. See your program website for specific information. Find your graduate program.
Some graduate programs also offer individualized study courses – register by February 10th to start March 1st.
Timeline: on or before course start date
Print textbooks will arrive before your course start date, and etexts can be accessed through myAU. You won’t be able to submit assignments or quizzes, or post to the forums until your actual start date.
Deadline: maximum of 30 days from course start date
Timeline to process refund: approximately 45 days from receipt of request
Generally, you will be eligible for a tuition refund, minus a processing fee, if you withdraw before a course starts, or within the first 30 days of the course.
Deadline: at least 30 days before course end date
You have 6 months to complete 3- or 4-credit individualized study courses. You can purchase extensions if you need more time to finish.
Timeline: once a year
AU’s unique structure lets you take courses as close together or as spread out as you need them to be. As long as you take at least 1 course within 12 months of the end of your last course (or within 12 months of admission), you remain an active AU student.
If you need a longer break from your studies, you will become an “inactive” student. Learn more about inactive status.
Updated April 20 2016 by Web Strategy, Advancement
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