Financial aid and awards

Funding your studies doesn't have to be overwhelming. We provide many financial aid and award options to assist students, regardless of what type of student you are or what you’re learning at AU.

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How to get financial aid at Athabasca University

If you are planning to attend AU on a student loan, there are important details that you will need to be aware of. Our financial aid self-help questionnaire is a great place to start.

Financial aid self-help questionnaire

Before you apply for financial aid

Before applying for government student financial assistance, you must follow these steps:

How to apply for financial aid

All students must meet specific requirements regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time learners.

When do I have to apply for my student loan?

Funding approval is due at least 1 month before the start date with no holds or reviews. This is a requirement for all students seeking to attend AU as full-time funded students. Students not approved by the deadline for the desired start date will need to reapply.

You are required to submit a Student Financial Aid Course Registration Plan and apply for funding by the required date. See the start dates, application open dates and deadlines that correspond with your studies.

Complete steps 1 and 2 by
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Your completion of the two steps above will initiate critical processes including completion of provincial or territorial program information forms and confirmation of enrolment forms by AU and your funding agency.

Receiving your funds

Getting financial aid is just the first step! To make the most of it, you need to know how to manage it properly. Click below for tips to successfully handle your loan, keep it interest-free, and repay it.

Learn how to manage your loan

Financial aid support

We have compiled a comprehensive list of resources to help you manage your student finances. From our tuition calculator to alternative funding options, these tools are designed to keep you informed and on top of your finances.

Explore our resources

Still have questions? No problem.

Awards, scholarships, and bursaries

We firmly believe in recognizing and celebrating the achievements and potential of Athabasca University students. In addition to offering student loans and financial aid options, we provide many awards and bursaries to support your educational journey. You can earn these awards with academic excellence and by meeting certain requirements.

Awards finder

See what awards are available through AU and how to qualify for one yourself.

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Awards, scholarships, and bursaries FAQs

Have a question about awards, scholarships, or bursaries? Check out this page to see what we get asked most often.

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