Frequently Asked Questions

The following frequently asked questions pertain to AUSU, the Athabasca University Students’ Union. If you have further questions about AUSU, feel free to contact us at

If you have questions about Athabasca University services, resources, procedures, or any other topic specific to the University or your studies, check out the AU Quick Links page on our website here, or contact AU directly.

AUSU offers numerous awards, scholarships, and bursaries available on our website here. AU also offers many different awards, scholarships, and bursaries, which you can view on the AU website here. There are also other scholarship options available provincially and nationally. Here are a few sites to get you started:

Students typically apply for funding through their Provincial or Territorial Student Assistance Offices. You can find information for each office on the AU website here.

AU has a Student Financial Aid Office that offers assistant to students on financial aid. Funded students must go through their Student Financial Aid Advisor when registering for courses or applying for course extensions.

You can also try applying for awards or bursaries. See previous question.

If you applied for a year-round bursary, decisions are typically made within 1-2 weeks (with the exception of Emergency Bursaries, for which the decision is typically made within a few business days due to the deadlines students need to meet). 

If you applied for an award or bursary during our November or May awards deadlines, the decisions are made approximately 4-5 weeks after the deadline, as it takes quite a while to compile all the applications and review them all.

All awards and bursary applicants will be notified of the decision, whether or not their application is approved.