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How do I apply for student financial assistance? : Current Student Program

If you are planning to apply for student financial assistance, we strongly recommend that you start the process at least 4 months in advance. Your funding agency needs time to process your application.

Your first step is to contact a Student Awards & Financial Aid Unit in the Office of the Registrar. Advisors are assigned to manage student files by the first letter of the student’s last name. Your financial aid advisor will help you to understand the process of funding your education.

The next step is to apply for financial assistance with your provincial or territorial funding agency. All funding agencies have an online application process, and you are encouraged to establish an online presence with them.

If you haven’t done so already, you will need to complete the AU application process and become an AU student. Most provincial and territorial financial aid agencies will require that you enroll in a program.

Some funding agencies will allow you to enroll as a non-program student (often referred to as Open Studies) for a maximum period of one year. After that, you will be required to enroll in a program to continue your funding eligibility. You will need to check with your provincial or territorial funding agency to determine if you are eligible to enroll as a non-program student.

Finally, you will need to complete an online loan study plan at The loan study plan will provide your financial aid advisor with the information needed to confirm your full-time status when your loan is approved.

Updated September 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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