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Athabasca University

Full Time Status at AU

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 June 15 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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