Your step-by-step guide to applying to Open Studies programs at NAIT.
While there is no application process for Open Studies, you will need to enrol online in each course you’d like to take. The following checklist is a guide for your enrolment at NAIT. It is intended for reference only as some student entrance and admissions requirements may vary.*
Check with the program office to confirm when Open Studies students can enrol. You can find the email address and/or phone number on the program page.
Know the credit maximums. Open Studies students can take up to 15 credits per term, and a maximum of 30 credits total before you must apply for a program.
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From full-time to part-time and everything in between, there are many educational pathways and programs at NAIT that fit your learning style and your lifestyle.
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Your admissions updates and notifications will be sent to your NAIT student portal account. It's important to check it frequently throughout the application process. If you're attending NAIT for the first time, create a MyNAIT portal account: go to MyNAIT portal, click on Sign Up and enter your student ID and personal information.
We recommend using the same email address for both NAIT and Apply Alberta so all updates are easily accessible from the same inbox.
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Course enrolment works on a first-come, first-served, basis. Availability can change quickly during enrolment time, and you may need to pick a new course section if your preferred section is full. You will be able to see course availability when you add your courses.
To enrol in a course you must meet its academic requirements.
If you’re new to NAIT, you will be prompted to self-declare as an Open Studies student when enrolling in an open studies class in the MyNAIT portal. Whereas if you have attended NAIT before and are returning to take an open studies class, please send us a message using the online chat so you can be activated as an Open Studies student.
Browse your program's course-list to see which courses are offered in Open Studies. Each program determines which of their courses will be available, and not all NAIT courses are available for open studies.
Review all entrance requirements and make sure you meet them.
Make sure the program is still "open" and accepting applicants. Learn more about program status
You are encouraged to plan and enrol for both Fall and Winter terms at the same time to prevent scheduling conflicts.
Build the schedule that works best for you using NAIT’s schedule planning tool. You can search for the courses you need, choose specific times and decide when you want to have breaks between classes.
Login to MyNAIT to use the Schedule Planner
The Schedule Planner does not enrol you in courses automatically, and it is possible that a course can fill up while you are using the planner. If you get an error when enrolling in your courses, return to the Schedule Planner, select a different course section and try again.
Add and pay for courses. See detailed instructions on the student portal
Learn how to add your name on a waitlist
If you add your name to a waitlist, you will be automatically enrolled in the waitlisted class if space opens up. Check your e-letters periodically to see if you have been added into a class you’ve waitlisted, as this is the only way notification will be sent.
If you get an error message that says “Available seats are reserved” it means the seats available for Open Studies students in this class have been filled. Course enrolment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and Open Studies availability can change quickly during enrolment time.
There are a few things you can try to get into the course you want.
Tuition for Open Studies is based on the credit value of each course you are enrolled in. Add and pay for courses, using your draft schedule as a reference. Full payment is due at the time of course enrolment.
It’s also important to be realistic about your savings and current financial situation, both now and during the time you will have to complete your courses. Do you anticipate you will need financial assistance or support?
All students pay tuition on a per-credit basis. Open Studies students must pay in full when they enrol for a course. View course fees and additional expenses.
Student loans are available for Open Studies students. Access to funding is for no more than 12 months and will be applied towards loan life duration if you are accepted into a program.
Review and apply for scholarships, awards, grants and bursaries. See scholarships for more information
Alberta Works Grant funding may be available if you are planning on attending Academic Upgrading through Open Studies.
See all open studies fees
Full payment of Open Studies fees must be made at the time of course enrolment or your seat will not be held.
If you decide that you do not want to attend a course that you've already added to your schedule, you must drop this course before the add/drop deadline. If you do not drop this course on time, you will not get a refund.
You cannot drop a class by simply not paying your fees.
View NAIT’s cancellation and refund policy Add/drop deadlines
*This is a guide and intended for reference only as some student entrance and admissions requirements may vary. If you have questions or concerns at any time during your application to NAIT, we recommend contacting a member of our student services and advising centre.
If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us.
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Once you've enrolled in your classes, it's time to get ready for your first day on campus.
Your one AT NAIT card serves as your official NAIT identification card, and it also allows you to add funds to use at eat AT NAIT and shop AT NAIT locations and wherever one AT NAIT cards are accepted.
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Pick up your card on campus at the main Student Services office
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There are two ways to find your list of supplies. You can also find paper copies of most program lists at shop AT NAIT.
Search on your MyNAIT Portal textbooks page
Print out your list or bring it with you to the bookstore on your device
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Look up your program on the shop AT NAIT website
Order books to be delivered or pick up in store
Ensure your sponsor has completed the required documentation with shop AT NAIT. Sponsors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780.491.7717 for more details on how to create a Sponsored Student account.
Sponsored Student Accounts may take up to two business days to activate, from the time completed documentation has been received.
Find your classes on the NAIT campus map
Identify whether you are on Main campus, Patricia campus or Souch campus
Locate convenient parking lots and select a second and third choice in case you are not able to get your preferred spots
Buy a parking permit from the bookstore, shop AT NAIT or online
Pick up your parking tag at the main parking office
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Lockers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at all 3 campuses. Lockers on Souch and Patricia Campuses are not rented online.
Go to the online locker rental system.
Select a locker from the campus locations and maps. If you know the locker number, enter it to rent.
Read and agree to the Rental Terms and Conditions.
Pay for your locker within 24 hours of placing your reservation. Once you have paid you have 30 days to change your locker.
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Student housing or accommodations (roommate, rental, etc.)
Visit campus or take a self-guided tour to get familiar with your classroom and/or lab locations.
Get involved with NAITSA (NAIT student's union) clubs, volunteering, events and peer support services.
Learn about student services (including tutoring, mental health counselling, learning support and disabilities services).
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