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New Virtual Food Assistance Program

AUSU is aware that food insecurity continues to be an issue for post-secondary students. There are many factors for this, including rising costs of tuition and living expenses and an insufficient financial aid system. Students often endure undue hardship while simply trying to further themselves personally, professionally, and for the bettering of society.

To help with this barrier, AUSU has launched a new Virtual Food Assistance Progam for our members to turn when they are facing food insecurity.

The program will run monthly. AU undergraduate students who are in need can fill out the application and will then be put into a random draw for a food voucher.

Each food voucher will be worth $50 CAD and there will be 5 vouchers given out per month.

The food voucher will be a gift card to a major grocery chain in Canada. In the case of very remote or international students, we will make alternative arrangements for the $50 CAD food voucher.

We also compiled some resources to help students find other funding and food assistance.

 Find out more or apply online here.

AUSU Celebrates Black History Month

“AUSU is proud to recognize and celebrate this year’s Black History Month. As we reflect on Black History in Canada, we can draw inspiration from the experiences, dedication, hard work, and resiliency of individuals who work across our nation for a more inclusive world.” – Almigdad Eldoma

In our latest Executive Blog, our new VP Finance and Administration Almigdad Eldoma dives into Black History Month and what it means to him.

 Check out the Exec Blog online here.

AU Emergency Bursary Fund

To help support the AU learners who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Athabasca University created an Emergency Relief. AUSU is proud to help sponsor this fund along with the AU Graduate Students Association (AUGSA) and other members of the AU community.

The fund will provide a $1,000 bursary to learners experiencing a financial emergency.

Find out more online here.