AUSU Update

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New AUSU Open Mic Podcast Episode


In our latest AUSU Open Mic Podcast episode, our new AUSU student execs share their experiences coming to Athabasca University, why they chose AU, and why they took the leap to join AUSU council and serve as executive councillors. We also learn what their favourite course is, what their favourite tv show is, and where they would love to travel next. Listen to Natasha, Stacey, and Monique share their lives as AU students.

Starring: AUSU President Natasha Donahue, VP External & Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings, VP Finance & Administration Monique Durette, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.


Check out all AUSU Open Mic Podcast Episodes here.

Also available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Pocket Casts (search “AUSU Podcast”).   

COVID-19 Student Supports

Check out our latest video with updates on supports for students across Canada.   You can also find out more including direct links to the resources on the AUSU website here.  


Canada Emergency Student benefit (CESB)

The Government of Canada is providing a Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), and applications open up May 15!  

The CESB will provide financial support to recent graduates and post-secondary students who are unable to work or find employment due to COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).  

The benefit will provide:

  • $1,250 every four weeks for eligible students/recent graduates, or
  • $2,000 every four weeks for eligible students/recent graduates with disabilities or those with children or other dependents.

The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2020.  

Applications for the CESB will open Friday, May 15, 2020. To get ready to apply, the Canada Revenue Agency encourages eligible students to take three important steps:  

  • Step 1: Register a profile with the CRA. If you have never filed an income tax return with the CRA, you may not have a profile. Call 1-800-959-8281 to activate your SIN with the CRA.
  • Step 2: Register for My Account as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply for the benefit.
  • Step 3: Enroll for Direct Deposit with the CRA through My Account or your financial institution to get your CESB within 3 days of applying. Alternatively, you must ensure your mailing information is up-to-date in My Account to receive a cheque by mail within 10 business days.

Find out more on the CESB website here.