Financial aid and awards

From planning your education to completing it, we are here to help you navigate the financial aspects of your academic journey. Explore funding and awards available to make the most of your time at AU.

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Financial aid

Worry less about your tuition so you can focus on your studies! Whether you are a full-time or part-time program student, there are financial assistance programs available to you. We can match up funding options available to you, check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements, and help you understand the application process.

Scholarships, awards, and bursaries

To add to your main sources of funding, you might want to consider our scholarship, award, or bursary options. While scholarships and awards are generally based on a combination of academic performance and community involvement, bursaries are designed to focus on students in financial need. Get familiar with all options and find the best one for you.

Are you unsure how to best keep track of your loans and expenses during your studies? We've thought of that too. Browse our various resources to manage your finances confidently as a student at Athabasca University.

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.

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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.

Financial aid

Learn about all aspects of our financial aid programs such as the eligibility requirements, application process, types of available assistance, and more.

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Awards finder

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

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Awards and bursaries FAQs

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

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Updated January 11, 2024 by Digital & Web Operations (