Athabasca University Important Dates and Deadlines
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You can apply to AU anytime. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Your program begins when you apply
Transfer credit assessment and evaluation
Current processing time: 2-4 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
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
Timeline: 4 months
If you need funding for your AU program, apply at least 4 months before you want to begin your studies
Students with disabilities
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
Registering for undergraduate courses
Deadline: register by November 10th to start December 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
Receiving tutor information
Timeline: 1–2 weeks before course start
You can request course help once your course begins
Registering for graduate courses
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.
Some graduate programs also offer individualized study courses – register by November 10th to start December 1st.
Accessing course materials
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.