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Athabasca University

The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Academic-related fees are exempt from the Federal Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.). G.S.T. is added to all other goods and services, for example, workshops, some publications, self-help seminars, and Athabasca University promotional sales items.

Graduate Diploma in Counselling*

*This program was previously called Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling (PBDC).

Program application fee (non-refundable) required each time a person applies: $150
Program admission fee (payable upon acceptance into the program and non-refundable) $200
Non-program application fee (non-refundable) required only once: $103

Course Tuition Fees (includes all required materials)

Students living in Canada $1,4251
Students living outside Canada $1,6251

1The Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GDC) Course Tuition fees now include a Learning Resource fee of $75 per course. It is included in this calculation and is non-refundable. This calculation does not include the Athabasca University Graduate Students Association (AUGSA) fee of $13 per credit.

Program fee per 3-credit course (non-refundable) $528.33
Program fee per 6-credit course (non-refundable) $1056.70
Total Program fee (non-refundable)2 $6340
2 The total program fee is split up and charged with individual course registrations.

Estimated program tuition cost (2019-2020):

The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all courses from Athabasca University, over a 1 2/3 year period, would be $11,720 ($1,425 x 6 = $8,550, three-credit course equivalents, plus program fees for 5 semesters = $3,170 for a total of $11,720). Application, Admission, and AUGSA fees are not included in the above calculation.

Other Fees

Transfer credit evaluation fee $276/course
Course extension fee (regular mode or paced independent study): $276
Letter of Permission fee $82
Course withdrawal processing fee2: $373
AU Graduate Student Association Fee (per credit): $13

2The course withdrawal processing fee includes the cost of course materials, shipping, and an administrative fee for processing the request. For early withdrawal only, the student will be refunded the full course tuition fees (see above) less the course withdrawal processing fee. Refer to Course Withdrawal.

Information effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Updated June 17 2019 by laurab

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