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Score your student loans!
September 17, 2019
Need to apply for a student loan? Check out our Student Loans 101 video to help guide you through the Alberta Student Loan application from start to finish.
If you have accessed government loans in a previous academic year and don’t need them this year, make sure you fill out the correct paperwork to ensure your loans remain interest and payment free! If you have Canada Student Loans, this can be done online by logging into your National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) account.
Questions? Contact Student Connect.
Don’t break the bank on books!
September 3, 2019
Welcome to a new school year! With the start of a new semester comes a list of new costs. A common but often miscalculated expense is textbooks, and we want to help you save as much as possible on your study materials.
- Before buying your textbooks, talk with your professor to see if they are actually required for the class. They may even be able to recommend a more affordable supplementary option.
- Check out the UAlberta Textbook Exchange Facebook Group to see if any of your required textbooks are being sold by another student, especially if you are taking an introductory course. You should be able to find the same book for a much cheaper rate than at the bookstore.
- If you’re in a language class, check if your required novels are available for a more affordable price at Chapters, Indigo, or Amazon. There may even be a digital version online you can purchase for cheaper.
- Check out the University of Alberta Students’ Union Used Book Registry to see if someone is selling a book you need.
- Trade your textbooks! If you can find a student who has a book you need and you have a book they need, swap your books for free.
- Visit the campus libraries to see if the books you need are available there.
- Consider selling your own books! If you have any textbooks from the past semester you don’t think you’ll need anymore, sell them. You can use the money from the sales to purchase your books for the upcoming semester.