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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.
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.
Tuition is charged by the course, and is calculated on a per-credit basis. While most courses are 3 credits, course credit values range from 0 to 9 credits. Check the credit value of the course you want to take in the information box at the top of the course page. Students’ Union and Alumni Relations fees are included in undergraduate tuition fees.
For undergraduate programs, tuition is also charged by the course. There are no per-semester or per-program fees for these programs - simply pay for courses as you register for them.
To help you see what your program may cost, we have created a list of estimated program fees based on the number of credits a program requires. Please note: this information is an estimate only. Tuition fees can increase from year to year.
A number of other academic or administration fees may also apply to you, depending on your courses and circumstances. These can include items like:
Graduate program fees vary, depending on the credential and faculty chosen. However, all programs have an application fee, and most require an admission fee after you’re accepted into the program. Graduate tuition fees also include the Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA)
While all programs have academic or administration fees that may or may not apply to you depending on your circumstances, some programs might also require additional program or course related fees. You will find details of all additional fees on each program’s fees page.
As with our undergraduate programs, fees are different for students who live outside Canada, review your program’s fee descriptions carefully to make sure you’re getting the information that applies to you.
If you’re a student at a western Canadian university, the Western Canadian Deans’ Agreement could apply to you. Under this agreement, graduate students paying normal required tuition fees to their home institution will not pay tuition fees to the host institution. However, student activity fees may be charged.
Some graduate programs allow students to take a course or two as non-program students. Tuition is charged on a per-course basis, and varies from program to program. A non-program application fee may also apply. To see the tuition fees associated with a particular program, please see the list below.
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.
You can pay your fees online, or in person at our Athabasca, Edmonton, and Calgary locations.
To avoid duplication of charges or processing:
Full payment must accompany application forms, regardless of the registration method used. Requests with insufficient fees can’t be processed until full payment is received.
When you become a student or register for a course online, you can pay by debit card (Visa Debit, Mastercard Debit or Interac) or by credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express).
If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, you must submit your application or course registration by mail or in-person. Returning students, please write your Student ID number on the cheque.
You must complete cash or debit payment in-person at one of our locations in Alberta. We can’t accept cash cards or debit cards (like Virtual Visa) at this time, though we are working to change that.
Course fees are refundable within 30 days of the course start date, though a withdrawal processing fee will apply. Both undergraduate and graduate application fees are non-refundable:
It can take up to 12 weeks to process a financial aid application, so make sure to get started early. You should apply for funding at least 2 months before you want to begin your studies.
Applying for financial aid can be overwhelming, which is why we want to make sure you get started on the right track from the beginning. Read the notes below before starting your application process for funding and financial support:
Both full and part-time students can apply for financial aid. Some non-program students may also be eligible for financial aid.
If you are part-time, you must apply for funding every semester. This could mean applying for next semester’s funding at the same time you start this semester’s course. You must also pay your tuition fees up-front and reimburse yourself with your loan funds.
There are 3 main types of financial aid, all designed to address one specific financial need:
If you’re a student with a disability, additional programs may be available. Our Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD) staff can help you apply or find other solutions to meet your needs.
Athabasca University’s student awards recognize a variety of achievements and support students in financial need. Criteria varies for different awards, but generally in order to qualify you must successfully complete at least one AU course. We do not offer entrance scholarships.
AU scholarships are available for students at all levels of study:
Some scholarships are based strictly on academic achievement – you don’t need to apply for these nomination awards. Most of our scholarships are application awards – these focus on academic excellence and other criteria that can include:
In addition to the many AU awards available, our Student Awards site provides links to a number of external awards that may benefit you.
AU also has several bursaries for students facing financial need or exceptional life circumstances. Bursaries are intended to help those students who need it most, so all bursaries require an application.
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Updated December 05, 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations