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Full Time Status at AU


If you are applying for Government Student Financial Assistance, you must complete the following steps at least two months in advance of your desired start date.

Both steps are necessary to initiate critical processes including completion of required documentation, Provincial program information forms and/or confirmation of enrolment forms.

Undergraduate Funded

In order to be considered a funded student you need to have applied and received approval for Full Time Government Student Financial Aid. Full-time status is equal to a minimum of three, 3-credit courses all with the same start date.

Full-time requirements state that you must be registered in a minimum of 60 per cent of a full course load or 9 credits over four months for one semester or 18 credits over eight months for two semesters. All courses in a semester must have the same start date. Funded students receive a shortened contract for their courses. Three-credit courses are shortened to four months (instead of six), and 6-credit courses are shortened to eight months (instead of twelve).

Graduate Funded

To qualify for full-time status for funding purposes in a four-month semester at the graduate studies level, students must be registered in a minimum of a 60 per cent course load (.75 credits per month). This is equal to one, 4-month grouped study course per four-month semester OR two, 6-month individualized study courses per four-month semester.

One, 6-month graduate course is considered part time.


If you are not a student receiving student financial assistance, but require information regarding full- or part-time status at AU, please contact Enrolment Services at or by telephone at 1-800-788-9041, ext. 6822, or visit the Full-Time or Part-Time Enrolment Status page.

Updated February 04 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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