Athabasca University Students' Union
The intent of AUSU Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries Program is to promote academic achievement and community spirit in the student population, as well as to supply aid to students with financial hardships.
Applications for these bursaries are accepted year-round. Click here to view awards with May/November application deadlines.
The Computer Bursary provides free, new, laptops for AU students in need to complete their coursework.
If you also require funding for tuition and personal needs while in school, please review our other bursaries. Graduate students should contact the AU Graduate Students' Association by visiting www.augsa.com.
Applicants need not be full-time or admitted to a program, but must be AUSU members at the time of application. If you are currently enrolled in an open AU undergraduate course, you are an AUSU member. Membership begins on the start date of your course.
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 AU undergraduate credits (transfer and challenge credits excluded) and have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (C grade) over the last 12 AU credits. Members may only receive this award once.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need and all financial information must be current as of the date the application is submitted. Any applicant that is denied must wait 12 months to reapply.
Where requirements detailed in this application conflict with AUSU Awards Policy, the awards policy shall prevail. Athabasca University has no jurisdiction over AUSU awards or vice versa.
A total of 14 Computer Bursaries will be awarded per fiscal year. Computers will be selected and purchased by AUSU and shipped directly to the recipient. AUSU assumes no liability for usage of the computer or computer maintenance once the equipment is received by the member.
Recipients' names are confidential and do not appear in winners' lists. Winners will be required to complete a release form.
Only completed applications received by the AUSU office will be considered. Incomplete or improperly completed applications will be destroyed upon receipt.
If you require assistance filling out your application, please call our office at 1-855-497-7003. All applications and accompanying documentation will be kept strictly confidential.
All required fields MUST be completed in order to submit your application form. The following information is required:
The Emergency Bursary helps ensure that AUSU members do not lose the chance to complete a course due to financial hardship and unforeseen circumstances. No funds are provided to the student. If the bursary is approved, AUSU will pay AU directly for course extensions, supplemental exams fees or late exam fees.
A maximum of $700 will be provided per student per fiscal year. This bursary covers course extensions, supplemental exam fees, and late exam fees. This bursary does not cover the cost of tuition or course fees.
Please make note of the deadline to submit your application to AU for the course extension(s) or supplemental exam(s). In order to ensure that AUSU has enough time to process your Emergency Bursary application before the appropriate AU deadline has passed (as per the links above), please submit this application at least 2 weeks prior to the AU deadline. For applications submitted after the two week point, we cannot guarantee that a decision will be made in time for you to submit your application to AU for the course extension or supplemental exam, which may result in the application being denied.
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 AU undergraduate credits (transfer and challenge credits excluded) and have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (C grade) over the last 12 AU credits.
For the purposes of this application, an emergency is defined as an unforeseen situation affecting course completion where the applicant has exhausted all other possible means of support including, but not restricted to, family, friends, employers and other credit-granting institutions.
Members may apply for this bursary more than once per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) to a maximum of $700 dollars in total. Applications are accepted any time of year.
Funds will be paid directly to the university. Recipients' names are confidential and do not appear in winners lists.
The Health Care Bursary helps pay for enrollment into a health care plan for students in financial need who do not have access to a plan through their employment or other means.
The Awards Committee shall determine the amount awarded to successful applicants up to a maximum of $1000 per applicant. Partial or full reimbursement may be awarded at the discretion of the committee.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need and all financial information must be current as of the date the application is submitted.
Applicants must either submit confirmation of enrollment in a health care plan and proof of payment, or quote of enrollment cost from their provider of choice. If providing a quote, the applicant will be required to enroll in the plan and provide proof of payment before the funds will be distributed.
Preference may be given to those previously enrolled in the AUSU Health Care Plan.
The Awards Committee shall determine the amount awarded to successful applicants up to a maximum of $1000 per applicant. Partial or full reimbursement may be awarded at the discretion of the committee. Single, couple and family plans are eligible for bursary consideration.
Members may receive this bursary once per twelve-month period to a maximum of $1000 (at the discretion of the awards committee) until the health care funds are depleted. Applications are accepted at any time of year.
The payment of the bursary is by electronic funds transfer directly to the award recipient.
Where the supporting documentation has included confirmation of enrollment in a health care plan and proof of payment, the electronic funds transfer shall be completed within 30 days of AUSU receiving the necessary banking information to complete the funds transfer.
Where the supporting documentation has included a quote of enrollment cost from the provider of choice, the applicant will have 60 days from the day they are notified that they were approved for the bursary, to provide a confirmation of enrollment in a health care plan, proof of payment and the necessary banking information to complete the funds transfer. Once this is received the electronic funds transfer shall be completed within 30 days. If this information is not received within 60 days, the bursary will be considered forfeited and the amount originally awarded will return to the amount of available funds.
The Travel Bursary is designed to aid members who must travel to attend conferences, AU convocation, labs or practicums. No funding is provided directly to the student; AUSU makes bookings on behalf of the student based on individual needs.
Applicants need not be full-time or admitted to a program, but must be AUSU members at the application deadline. If you are currently enrolled in an open AU undergraduate course, you are an AUSU member. Membership begins on the start date of your course.
Members must demonstrate financial need, have completed at least 12 AU credits and have a GPA of 2.00 (C grade) over the most recent 12 AU credits.
Members may receive this bursary once per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30). Applications are accepted at any time of year. Applications must be submitted and considered complete at least 30 days before you need to travel to ensure funding can be provided while estimated travel rates
are still current.
A maximum of $1000 will be provided per successful applicant to pay for travel and accommodation. AUSU assumes no responsibility if at the time that the award is granted no seats for travel are available, if travel rates increase due to seasonal fluctuations or for unforeseen reasons, for cancelled or delayed flights, or for emergency accommodations or travel arrangements required due to unforeseen circumstances.
AUSU pays funds directly to the accommodation or travel provider; no funds are payable directly to the student for this bursary. Recipients' names are confidential and do not appear in winners lists.
Athabasca University has a department called "Access to Students with Disabilities" to facilitate the needs of students with challenges arising from permanent or temporary disabilities. If your situation can be attributed, in whole or in part, to a disability or a medical condition (including a learning disability or psychological disorder), you may also wish to check
out the following link: http://asd.athabascau.ca/.
If you require emergency funds for food or shelter, you may wish to contact your local social services agency or a food bank. Many cities have a crisis center than can provide emergency funding for food, shelter and important bills. You may also be able to negotiate with your student loans program for an early disbursement. Consult your yellow pages or contact AUSU for more information.
AUSU Main Office
Tel. 1-855-497-7003 Ext. 1
Why do we ask for this?
We ask for a transcript to determine if you are eligible for an AUSU bursary or award. Don't worry, this document is kept private and once your eligibility has been verified it is not used in deliberations except for awards where GPA is a key factor. AUSU bursaries are based on need, not academic performance. Awards may have minimum grade requirement.
Click here for instructions how to obtain your AU transcript.
Canada Revenue Agency's Option "C" printout (or "Statement of Income") for the year prior to application (not a Notice of Assessment).
Why do we ask for this?
We request tax information to determine your income for the year previous to your request for funding and we use standardized documents to ensure all members are assessed equally. The Option C printout from the Canada Revenue Agency includes a brief summary of your income information, and some extra information such as your marital status, whether you have claimed any spousal deductions, and whether you filed education benefits. We will not process your application without this form and do not accept a Revenue Canada Notice of Assessment.
Click here for instructions how to obtain the Option C printout.
I have read the instructions, and hereby make application for the AUSU COMPUTER BURSARY, and I declare that:
I have read the instructions, and hereby make application for the AUSU EMERGENCY BURSARY, and I declare that:
I have read the instructions, and hereby make application for the AUSU HEALTH PLAN BURSARY, and I declare that:
I have read the instructions, and hereby make application for the AUSU TRAVEL BURSARY, and I declare that:
After you click the Submit Application button, you will receive an email confirmation that your application was received. Applications will not be processed until the award deadline is reached. For applications requiring financial information, remember to retain a copy of your Option C as you might want to apply for another bursary this year!
If the "Submit Application" button is not visible, it is because you have not completed the required number of AU credits to apply for this bursary.