AUSU This Month

AUSU Christmas Hours

Over the Christmas Holidays, AUSU will be closed for the same duration as the university. Our hours will be as follows:

Dec 24, 2004: office closes at 3:00 pm, MST
Dec 25, 2004 through Jan 3, 2005: Office Closed
Jan 4, 2005: Office open at 8:30 am, MST

Are you in Need of Financial Assistance?
AUSU Can Help You

AUSU has many financial assistance, emergency and computer bursaries available to help students in need. Every year AUSU will give away 10 financial assistance bursaries, $6000 in emergency bursaries and $4800 in computer bursaries.

Visit our website at to find out if you qualify for a bursary and to fill out the online application form.

The next deadline for submitting applications for these bursaries is December 1, 2004.

AUSU’s Student Association Status is now Formalized Under the Law

AUSU has operated officially since its creation as the students’ union for Athabasca University under the Societies Act of Alberta. Under the new Post-secondary Learning Act each University in Alberta must have a students’ association established by an order in council. On September 13, 2004 the Lieutenant Governor approved an order in council which states:

The Lieutenant Governor in council establishes and incorporates a students’ association to be known as “The Students’ Association of Athabasca University” to provide for the administration of students’ affairs and the promotion of the general welfare of students consistent with the purposes of Athabasca University.

Student Mentors Available to Help New Students

If you are a new student looking for someone to help you adjust to life as an Athabasca University student, contact the AUSU Mentor Program. The Mentor Program pairs together new students with experienced students who will help them find their way around AU and AUSU. By participating in this program you will be able to meet someone new and learn from them.

You can find more information about this program on our website at