Admission Details

If you are applying for NWT Student Financial Assistance, your application must be received by Education, Culture and Employment by June 30 for programs commencing in the Fall, and by October 31 for programs commencing in January. Contact the agency to which you are applying for specific information. You do not need an acceptance letter from the College prior to applying for financial assistance.

If you require financial assistance, you must contact the assisting agency or department directly, as Aurora College has no role in the granting or approval of financial assistance. You will be informed by the appropriate agency if your application for assistance has been accepted. Check with your sponsoring agency regarding application deadlines.

NOTE: NWT Student Financial Assistance and ISETS funding are only available to eligible students who are residents of the Northwest Territories. Residents of other territories and provinces should contact the Student Financial Assistance department in their home jurisdiction to apply for funding. Aurora College does not offer scholarships or financial assistance to international students.

Who To Contact

You may be eligible for financial assistance through:

Indigenous Skills Employment Training (ISETS funding is administered by the groups below):

Review the program requirements for a list of required documents before you begin the online application. If possible, have all these documents ready to upload.

Fill out the online application form completely. There are different applications for different programs. There are also different applications for domestic students (i.e. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada) and international students (foreign national from outside Canada). Be sure to complete the correct form. Click here to get to the online applications.

Once you have completed the online application form, click “Submit Application.”

Once submitted, you will be redirected to a separate page where you can upload the additional documents required for your application.

Note: There is no function to support the reloading of documents once the application is submitted. Any missing documents required for your application that were not uploaded with your application must be submitted to the Admission Officer of the campus you have applied to.

If you need help completing the application form, please see your local Adult Educator, Employment Officer, or School Principal. You may also contact the Admissions Officer at the campus to which you are applying.

You will receive an acknowledgement email from Aurora College within 7 business days after submitting your application. If you do not receive this email, first check your junk email folder. If you still cannot find this email, contact your campus admissions office (see contact information below).

Supporting Documentation

Program requirements may vary. Here are some examples of what may be required. 

  • Transcripts: You must arrange to have transcripts of your high school credits and/or post-secondary education sent to the Campus to which you are applying. Applicants who attended high school in the Northwest Territories can order transcripts by contacting the Education, Culture & Employment Student Records Office at (867) 920-6235, or by completing the online form at and then clicking “Submit.”
    • On this form, you will need to complete the recipient information. Here is the information to get your transcripts sent to Aurora College:
      • Aurora Campus: (Inuvik)
        Recipient Name:   Aurora College Admissions – Aurora Campus
        Attention:   Admissions Officer
        Mailing Address:  Box 1008, Inuvik, NT  X0E 0T0
        Transcript Due Date:  Enter today’s date
        Postal Code:  X0E 0T0
      • Thebacha Campus: (Fort Smith)
        Recipient Name:   Aurora College Admissions – Thebacha Campus
        Attention:   Admissions Officer
        Mailing Address:  Box 600, Fort Smith, NT  X0E 0P0
        Transcript Due Date:  Enter today’s date
        Postal Code:  X0E 0P0
      • Yellowknife North Slave Campus: (Yellowknife)
        Recipient Name:   Aurora College Admissions – Yellowknife Campus
        Attention:   Admissions Officer
        Mailing Address:  Bag Service 9700, Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2R3
        Transcript Due Date:  Enter today’s date
        Postal Code:  X1A 2R3
  • Reference Letter(s): A letter from a teacher or employer stating why you would be a good candidate for the program you have chosen. 
  • Letter of Interest: This one-page letter explains why you are interested in the program you have chosen. 
  • Advanced Standing/ Transfer Credits/ Equivalencies: If you have previous post-secondary experience, you may apply for advanced standing / transfer credit / equivalent. Please contact the Registrar or the Associate Registrar for details.

An “International Student” is a foreign national who is authorized to study in Canada under a Study Permit, as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. A foreign national is a person who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident.

Application Process:

To learn more about the International Student Application Process click here.

If you do not have the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible as a mature student. A mature student is 20 years of age or older, and has been out of school for at least one year.

Mature applicants may be required to complete the Aurora College Placement Test. Candidates who do not meet the academic requirements for admission into a program will be recommended for enrolment in Adult Literacy and Basic Education or preparatory courses.

For more information about Mature Student admissions, please contact the Admissions Officer at your campus:

Click here more information.

Student Housing – If you require student housing, you must submit a separate housing application to the campus housing office. For more information on applying to Student Housing, please click here.

Admissions FAQ

The cost of your education and living expenses is often something that students underestimate. The Student Financial Assistance that is available to Northwest Territories residents is designed to only cover about 80 [percent of the costs. You need to consider tuition, fees, housing, books and materials, transportation and living expenses in your planning. You should make a budget for yourself and explore your funding options to cover your costs. Our Student Services team can help you to create a budget.

* If you live outside of the Northwest Territories or are an international student, you are responsible to find your own funding.

Please complete the online application form. Be sure to check the required documents for the program you are interested in.

It is never too early to apply for NWT Student Financial Assistance. If you apply later than June 30 for the fall you may not receive your funding by the beginning of the term. Similarly, if you do not apply by October 30 for the winter term you may have to wait for your funding. Check the SFA tab above for links and more information.

*The above information is for students who are regular residents of the Northwest Territories ONLY. All other students will need to contact Student Financial Offices where they live for deadlines, eligibility and other requirements.

There is no application fee. Fees for international students may vary by program.

Aurora College does not have a daycare. Please check the student toolkit for more helpful information about childcare options.

If you have an outstanding balance owing to Aurora College you must pay it off before your application will be processed. The Admission Officer will inform you if this is the case. You can contact the Finance Manager at your campus to discuss options for payment.

You can contact the Admission Officer by using the contact information below:

Admissions Officer – Aurora Campus, Inuvik, and Community Learning Centres
Email: 1 (866) 266-4966

Admissions Officer – Thebacha Campus, Fort Smith
1 (866) 266-4966

Admissions Officer – Yellowknife North Slave Campus, Yellowknife
1 (866) 266-4966

For information on how to reach your Campus Finance Manager, call 867-872-7000 or email

NOTE: The decision whether to wear a face mask is now a personal responsibility at Aurora College; masks will continue to be made available at all facility entrances for those who choose to wear them. Out of courtesy for others within the Aurora College community, we ask that you continue to follow recommended best practices, including regular hand washing, employing healthy respiratory practices and staying home if you feel ill.