5.11. Financial Information, Assistance, and Student Awards

Tuition and Education

Tax Credit Receipt Information

In Canada, students may be able to reduce income taxes payable by claiming tax credits for enrolment in and payment of tuition and academic fees for Athabasca University's credit courses.

Each February, the official Tuition and Education Tax Credit Certificate (form T2202A) will be available to all eligible students in printable format on Athabasca University's Web site., www.athabascau.ca .

To be eligible for the tuition tax credit, the total of such fees paid to an educational institution in Canada for the year must exceed $100. Fees paid to the Students' Union and the Alumni Association are not eligible for inclusion in the tuition tax credit.

The calendar year for which the fees are paid, not the date on which the fees are paid, is used to calculate eligible tuition fees. Tuition fees paid for courses that extend beyond the calendar year-end will be pro-rated on the T2202A according to the period of course delivery pertaining to each calendar year.

For example, if a course has an October 1 start date and a March 31 contract end date, only 50 percent of the tuition fee representing the October through December period will be reflected in the current year tax credit certificate. The remaining 50 percent, representing January through March, will be reflected on the following year's T2202A.

Students may be eligible for the education tax credit for each month of part-time or full-time registration. For income tax purposes, a full-time student is defined as a person actively registered in a minimum of two credits per month.

The T2202A Tuition and Education Credit Certificate will reflect the number of months of enrolment that are eligible to be considered as part time or full time. Further details concerning the Tuition and Education Tax Credit may be found in Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's (CCRA) Personal Income Tax Guide or by contacting a CCRA district taxation office.



Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to part-time and full-time students from their local financial aid agency. Full-time students may be eligible for loans, grants, bursaries or scholarships. Part-time students (students completing fewer than nine credits in a four-month period or 18 credits in an eight-month period) may be eligible for bursaries, loans or grants. The amount of loan or bursary varies according to need.

The regular course contract dates of six and 12 months are reduced to four and eight months for full-time Athabasca University students receiving financial aid. The regular six- and 12-month contract dates apply to full-time students at other institutions who are taking only one or two courses with Athabasca University. All start dates per semester must be the same. The regulations on course load and course completion requirements for Alberta Students Finance are subject to change at any time.

The regulations for funding require that academic progress be monitored. Students with student loans must also consider the minimum course requirements of their loan programs. Typically, this requires three courses per four-month funding period in order to maintain your full-time loan status.



How to Apply: Alberta Residents

To obtain a Financial Aid Package that contains application forms, contact AU. The signed study plan, the Application for Financial Assistance, and, if applicable, the Undergraduate General Application Form and non-refundable application fee, are submitted to the Office of the Registrar for endorsement and forwarding to Alberta Students Finance for processing.

Processing of applications may take up to 12 weeks from the time that complete documentation is received. Students should apply for funding at least three months before their anticipated course start date.

Refer to the Registry Web site or Canada Student Loan Programs for details.


Students may contact their local financial aid agency to obtain a financial aid package. Before the financial aid application is sent to the agency, students should contact the Office of the Registrar where a Financial Aid Advisor will help complete the financial aid application.

Students should apply for funding at least three months before their anticipated course start date.

Requested dates for funding periods cannot be changed without reassessment of the loan certificate by the particular student financial aid agency. Refer to the Registry Web site or Canada Student Loan Programs for details.



Student Awards and Scholarships

The Office of the Registrar, 800.788.9041 (ext. 6147), administers the academic awards program. Please refer to the Registry Web site for details.


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