Tuition & Fees

Your Tuition, Your Career Investment.

At Athabasca University we want to allow you to study at your own pace. To reflect that, all our courses are pay-as-you-go. You pay for each course only when you register for it, and our course fees include all textbooks, class materials, and access to a tutor or success centre. All course fees must be paid in full when you register.

The first time you take an AU course or apply to an AU program, you’ll also pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee. You won’t have to pay this fee again, no matter how many courses you take, or how long you wait between courses.

Online Tuition and Fee Assessment

Understanding how your fees and tuition are calculated is important to make sure you stay within your budget and make informed decisions when choosing, adding or dropping courses. AU academic fees are calculated differently for undergraduate and graduate students and will also vary depending on where you live while studying, course choice and other individual circumstances.

Make sure to understand the details of all tuition and fees that apply to your choice of program - if in doubt, please feel free to contact Athabasca University’s administrators for clarification.

Fee Payment and Financial Aid

After selecting your program and/or individual courses, you will be required to complete tuition payments in order to finalize your registration and begin your online studies. You must pay all fees in full when you apply as a student or register for a course, but you only pay for a course once you register for it.

There’s no formal timeline to complete most AU credentials, so if time isn’t a concern, you can take your classes as you can afford them, and you may be able to complete your education with little student debt. However, if meeting your personal goals means a faster pace and a heavier financial commitment, there are financial aid options available to support your online studies.

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Updated December 05 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations