Application Process

Students interested in entering the Fresh Start Program must complete an intake registration process that includes attending an Intake Session and completing application forms. For the 2019-2020 Fresh Start Program with study beginning in Fall 2019, students must complete the intake registration process by 4:00 p.m., July 26, 2019.

Please review the following information for details.

  • Step 1: Review your "Required to Withdraw" letter to determine your options

    When you have been required to withdraw, your Faculty determines the options available to you:

    If the Fresh Start Program was listed as an option in your letter: register for a Fresh Start Intake Session (see Step 2 below).

    If you decide not to enter the Fresh Start Program: review other options available to you and consider these alternatives. Contact your Faculty for further information.

    If the Fresh Start Program was not listed as an option in your letter: review other options available to you and consider these alternatives. Contact your Faculty for further information.

    If you are appealing grades:
    If you are appealing any of your grades, DO NOT wait until the appeal process is complete to apply to the Fresh Start Program. You should apply to the Fresh Start Program as soon as you receive your “Required to Withdraw” letter, even if you are appealing one or more of your grades. It takes time for appeal meetings to be scheduled and to receive the appeal decision. If your appeal(s) is successful, you can then withdraw from the Fresh Start Program. Registering for the Fresh Start Program now — while you also go through the appeal process — keeps your options open by ensuring that you do not miss the Fresh Start Program application deadline (in late July). For information on and assistance with the appeal process, contact the Office of the Student Ombuds.

    If you need to delay your program start:
    If you are interested in the Fresh Start Program, but may not be able to start in September, you should still apply to the Fresh Start Program as soon as you receive your “Required to Withdraw” letter. If you wish to delay your start date for Fresh Start, you may delay for one year (i.e., to start the next September) one time only. Please Note: you MUST discuss this option with and receive formal approval from the Faculty from which you received your “Required to Withdraw” letter.

  • Step 2: Register for a Fresh Start Intake Session

    Fresh Start Intake Sessions are held by University of Alberta Academic Success Centre. Register for an Intake Session here.

    Register for your Intake Session as soon as possible as space is limited. Students who delay their registration will have fewer available options for their Intake Session time and credit course selection.

    If you are outside of Alberta or Canada:
    If you are outside of Alberta or Canada, telephone or Skype intake sessions can be arranged (with limited availability). To book your session, contact the Academic Success Centre as soon as possible by telephone at 780-492-2682 or by email at success@ualberta.ca.

    Please note: Students must cover any costs associated with their participation in Fresh Start Program Intake Sessions.

  • Step 3: Prepare for Your Fresh Start Intake Session

    To prepare for your Fresh Start Intake Session, you must:

    Review the Intake Session Confirmation Email: 
    After you register for your Intake Session, you will receive an Intake Session Confirmation Email will full preparation details.

    Complete the Fresh Start Intake Online Form: 
    The link to this form is included in your Intake Session Confirmation Email.

    Download & Read the Fresh Start Program Guidelines: 
    This document is attached to your Intake Session Confirmation Email.

    Download & Prepare the Open Studies Fresh Start Application: 
    This document is attached to your Intake Session Confirmation Email. 

  • Step 4: Attend Your Fresh Start Intake Session

    Please allow up to three (3) hours to complete the Intake Session and related documents.

    At your Intake Session, the Fresh Start Advisor will review information about the Fresh Start Program policies, procedures, and requirements. You will receive an information package about the program and complete several forms as part of the session, including:

    1. Fresh Start Program agreement;
    2. Writing sample; and,
    3. Open Studies Fresh Start application.
  • Step 5: Pay Fresh Start Program Fee

    Once you have completed your Fresh Start Program Intake Session, you must pay the $500 Fresh Start Program fee. Complete your Program fee payment here.

  • Step 6: Complete & Submit Open Studies Application (if applicable)

    Most students complete the Open Studies Fresh Start application at the Intake Session. If you do not complete the application at the Intake Session, you must complete and submit your application immediately after the Intake Session.

  • Step 7: Register for Credit Courses

    In the Fresh Start Program, you will take a minimum of three (3) or a maximum of four (4) three-credit courses in both of the fall and winter terms (depending upon the Faculty that referred you to the Fresh Start Program).

    Please Note:

    1. Before your receive your acceptance into Open Studies Fresh Start, plan your credit course schedule in Bear Tracks.
    2. You MUST receive your acceptance into Open Studies Fresh Start before you can complete your credit course registrations. Therefore, the sooner you complete the Fresh Start application process (including the application to Open Studies), the sooner you may register for credit courses.
    3. Once you receive your Open Studies acceptance notice, you MUST complete your credit course registration in Bear Tracks.