Online Learning

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Application and Registration

New students (not currently enrolled at Acadia University):

  • Apply to Acadia University using the undergraduate application for online courses
    • Select "Independent" as your program
    • Indicate in the Notes section which online course(s) you are interested in
  • Provide appropriate transcripts
  • We will confirm your acceptance within 3-4 business days and provide information on registering for your courses

Acadia University students (currently enrolled, or have taken a course within the past 12 months):

  • Register via Acadia Central by selecting courses from the "Distance/Online" term
  • Pay tuition to complete your registration

Your Responsibilities
It is your responsibility to be familiar with the academic calendar, and to pay the appropriate fees.

Fees for Online Courses
Admission Fees
Undergraduate $40
Bachelor of Education $35
Graduate $50
Tuition Fees (effective September 2018)
Undergraduate, Canadian $1,027
Undergraduate, International $2,055
Graduate, Canadian $1,100
Graduate, International $2,264
Math 0110 and 0120, Canadian $525
Math 0110 and 0120, International $1050
Course extension (up to 6 months) $150
Withdrawal Fees Learn more
Service Fees (NSF, Letter of Permission, Transcripts, etc.) Acadia University service fees apply
Payment Options

Effective May 1, 2017, Acadia University no longer accepts credit cards for student accounts (tuition and related fees).

Acadia University is the last university in Nova Scotia to make this change concerning the use of credit cards for tuition and related fees. This change aligns Acadia with industry standards and best practices, and is a measure in response to increasing Data Security Standards compliance and their related costs. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Accounts.

Payment Options

By Mail or In Person Registrar's Office
University Hall
15 University Ave
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS

Canada Student Loan

You must complete your open-entry online courses by September 1 if you are returning to full-time studies, or the amount of your loan for fall-winter may be affected. For more information about Canada Student Loans, please visit our Government Loans Financial Aid Page.

Income Tax Exemption

The Tuition and Education Credit Certificate, Income Tax T-2202A form, is available from Acadia Central. Login to your account and then select the Tax Form (T2202A) option from My Account on the main menu. The Education Tax Credit applies only to courses completed within a four month term. Open entry online courses do not qualify unless completed within the four month fall, winter or intersession terms.

If the credit card is not in your name, written permission from the card owner is required. You are responsible for any fees associated with an NSF cheque or a declined credit card.

If you are paying by student loan, the loan application must accompany your registration form. Your registration cannot be processed without this application unless arrangements have been made with Acadia's Student Accounts Office. This can be done by calling 902-585-1297.


Scholarships and Bursaries

Several local and national organizations offer scholarships applicable to distance or adult learners. A small selection of awards are listed below:

Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship

Destiny Solutions offers two $2,500 awards in tribute to the University of Toronto's Dr. Mary Cone Barrie.  The award is available for students studying in a non-traditional learning environment (ex. enrolled in online courses) who are improving their lives through continuing education.  Please visit the Destiny Solutions award website for the application form and additional information.

APACUE Joyce Kennedy Adult Learner Award

APACUE, the Atlantic Provinces Association for Continuing University Education, presents two $1000 scholarships for adult learners enrolled full- or part-time in a university credit program.  Awards are assessed based on academic achievement, family considerations (including financial need), community contributions, and long-term goals.  As nominations for this award must be submitted by a university's continuing education department, students interested in the award should contact Open Acadia for assistance in their application.  The annual deadline is October 31.

Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association

The NS Criminal Justice Association provides a $500.00 cash award to a student (either part or full time) enrolled in a Social Science program with a focus on Social Justice. The deadline is January 31.

Other Resources

Students may also find Acadia's Scholarships and Financial Assistance page to be of interest.

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Wolfville, NS
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Wolfville, NS
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