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What is student financial assistance? : Current Student Program

You may be eligible for student financial assistance. The Government of Canada works in partnership with most provinces and territories to deliver student financial assistance programs. The exceptions are Quebec(Who do not fund students to attend Athabasca University), the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, which operate their own student financial assistance programs. See AU’s Financial Aid webpage at for information on how to contact your provincial or territorial funding agency.

The most common types of financial assistance are student loans, bursaries, grants, and scholarships, which are available to full-time and part-time students. You may have additional needs or requirements, such as a disability, that will influence your post-secondary education funding.

For more information about student financial assistance, the kind of student financial assistance available, and how to apply for student financial assistance, visit CanLearn, the Government of Canada’s comprehensive information site on student financial assistance, at

We recommend that you take some time to browse through the CanLearn site, as it has useful information about career planning, eligibility for financial assistance, budgeting, paying back student loans, and more. AU’s Student Awards & Financial Aid office is also available to assist you with any questions.

Updated September 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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