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Athabasca University

Undergraduate Fees and Refunds

The following fees are effective for students registering with a start date of September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

7.1.6 Challenge for Credit

The challenge for credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would be found in an undergraduate course for which they are seeking credit.

Challenge for credit fees are non-refundable.

Before you consider registering in a challenge course, it is important that you read the Challenge for Credit section.

The following are tuition fees only. Students may purchase the required print learning resources, limited to bound textbooks and print readings as follows:

      1. by contacting AU’s Materials Management Unit at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6366, or via email at All materials will be charged at full cost (defined as AU’s full purchase cost, plus shipping, plus a 20 per cent handling fee) or;
      2. by accessing the list of materials from the course syllabus and sourcing the materials via a book store, online book retailer, or other means.

Note:  Students will not be provided access to the online individualized study course site, the student manual, eTextbooks, or course study guide in a Challenge for Credit registration. If an eTextbook is offered for the course, it must be purchased from the publisher or a third-party vendor.

Depending on where you live, allow approximately three weeks or more to receive your learning resources package. Canadian Residents

Credit Weight Per Course
3 credit $366
4 credit $366
6 credit $732 Students Living Outside Canada

Credit Weight Per Course

Per Course (for program students enrolled before July 27, 2017 who remain active)

3 credit $1,228 $730
4 credit $1,228 $730
6 credit $1,892 $1,460 Non-Canadian Students Living Temporarily in Canada

Credit Weight Per Course
3 credit $765
4 credit $765
6 credit $1,530


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated April 16 2020 by laurab

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