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Being a USask student in Prince Albert
Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan in Prince Albert. Once you have been admitted to USask, even though you are taking classes in Prince Albert, you are a USask student with the same access to scholarships and student supports as if you were taking classes on our main campus in Saskatoon. If you decide to relocate to Saskatoon, you will not be required to reapply to the University of Saskatchewan.
Become familiar with PAWS
PAWS is your personalized access to web services at USask. It is a customizable web environment used by all members of the university community. This is where you’ll find information about classes, registration, tuition and fees, scholarships and bursaries, textbooks and more. After you have been admitted to the University of Saskatchewan, use PAWS to update your profile, including your preferred name, contact details and more.
You should have received your network services identification (NSID) and a temporary password when you applied for admission. If you forget your NSID or password, contact the ICT Service Desk at 306-966-2222 or 1-800-966-4817 (toll free in Canada).
The university keeps in touch with you through your USask email account, which is automatically created when you’re admitted to the university. Check your email regularly by logging into PAWS, and set up your smartphone or other devices to receive your uSask email directly.
Download the USAFE app
USAFE is the university's safety app, which features emergency contacts, safety tips, a personal safety tools, maps, and much more.
Get ready for classes
Get to know what classes you need for your program
Learn about requirements for your program and which classes you need to take using the USask Course and Program Catalogue.
Speak with an academic advisor
It is strongly recommended that you contact an advisor from your college or department before you start your program and stay in touch on a regular basis as you work toward your degree. Advisors help you understand your program requirements and will work with you to develop an educational plan. In Prince Albert, you also have access to your local site advisor.
Use Degree Works in PAWS to help plan and monitor your academic progress.
Register for classes
Register for classes as early as you can. Registration system access opens well before the start of term. Have your class schedule (with back-up options) prepared to give you the best chance of being able to register for the classes you want.
Find out where your classes are located
You can view your class locations and schedule in Prince Albert in PAWS and online.
Buy a computer and save
Shop online at Shop usask Tech to learn about educational discounts available for USask students on hardware and software.
Microsoft Office for students
As a USask student, you also have access to the Microsoft Student Advantage program, through which you can download and install the latest Microsoft Office software for free.
Read&Write is easy-to-use software for PCs and Macs that supports reading, writing, studying, and research. The software is free to all University of Saskatchewan students, staff, and faculty to download to their personal computers. The software makes the web, documents, and files more accessible - any time, any place on any platform or device.
With Read&Write you can:
- Hear text read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with a choice of natural voices.
- Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries.
- Highlight and copy text from documents and web pages to create study guides, outlines or complete assignments.
- Supports writing skills with word prediction.
- Turn text from documents and web pages into MP3 sound files for listening on the move.
- Check writing and grammar mistakes with proofreading tools.
Take care of student business
Send your final transcript(s)
Transcripts or report cards are used to calculate your admission average and to determine whether you have met or will meet prerequisite requirements for your program. You are required to submit your transcript(s) to support your application for admission.
Order your student ID card
After you’ve registered for classes, you can order your student ID card.
Opt in to the student health and dental plan
The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) provides a comprehensive health coverage plan. Prince Albert students are not automatically covered but you may choose to opt in by enrolling you and your dependents during the change-of-coverage periods.
Students can find information about parking downtown through the City of Prince Albert.
See the City of Prince Albert website for information about transit services.
Explore your USask P.A. learning supports
Housing and childcare
Need a place to live while taking classes in Prince Albert? Check out the following online sources:
Search for licensed child care (daycare) providers in Prince Albert via the Government of Saskatchewan’s search map. Just enter Prince Albert in the search bar and listings will show up.
Plan your finances
Develop a budget
Planning your finances is an important life skill and will help you to make key decisions about applying for scholarships and bursaries, student loans or perhaps getting a part-time job.
Estimate your tuition and fees
After you register for classes, you will be able to see your assessed tuition and student fees in the Tuition and Fees channels in PAWS. Students also pay fees that are used to fund specific benefits offered as part of a university education.
Scholarships, bursaries and awards
At USask, we want to recognize your academic and personal accomplishments and as a student studying full-time in Prince Albert, you can apply for USask awards.
In addition to awards administered by USask, you are encouraged to look for awards from other sources such as clubs and associations.
Government student loans and grants can help you finance your education and are interest-free while you are in school full-time. In addition, lines of credit and bank loans are other ways to borrow from financial institutions. If exploring these options, take the time to do some research, shop around and don’t be afraid to ask questions and negotiate.
Crisis financial aid
Crisis financial aid, including crisis loans and grants, may help you get through an unexpected, temporary financial crisis. By definition, a student’s experiences are considered unexpected if he or she did not know that the situation was coming and could not have planned for it.
Funding for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students
Aboriginal students, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, may receive specialized funding for post-secondary education.
Work while studying
If you are considering working while going to university, make sure to think carefully about how much time you will have to divide between work, school and social activities. Know yourself and make sure that getting a job won't create any barriers that may impact your studies.
USask Career Services provides a wealth online resources you can access, including job search tools with listings throughout Saskatchewan, tips on writing resumes and cover letters and more. Contact them to schedule an appointment by phone.
Contact your Prince Albert advisor for general enquiries or to schedule an appointment.
Contact your College academic advisor with questions about your program requirements.
Contact Student Central for questions about registration, finances, scholarships, student loans and more.