Congratulations on accepting your offer to SAIT! We know you'll have a lot of questions before you get to campus — this list is a great place to start.
- Apply for residence - applications for SAIT Residence open in early February for the next academic year. Two modern highrises boast four different floor plans with fully furnished units, individual liability leases and utilities (local phone, internet, cable, heat, electricity, water) included.
- Attend SAIT Start - get acquainted with the campus, your classmates and members of the faculty at this fun event exclusively for students starting full-time programs this September. Don't miss this chance to win big prizes, like a full year of tuition!
- Apply for entrance awards - you can apply for entrance awards on mySAIT after you've accepted your seat and before the May 30 deadline.
- Go on a campus tour - familiarize yourself with campus and get comfortable before your first day of classes. Tours take place every Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30pm. Register for a tour.
- Apply for student loans - applications open in June of each year. It's important to apply early for student loans to have your funding in place before the tuition payment deadline. You can apply for Alberta Student Loans at studentaid.alberta.ca or through the student aid office for your province.
- Tuition balance is available - when you're registered in your classes, you'll see your tuition amount in your Account Summary on mySAIT under the myStudent tab. We have the cohort system at SAIT, which means that for most programs, you'll be registered in the classes you need to complete your program, however there are a few programs where students will need to register in classes themselves.
After you're registered in classes
- Confirmation of Enrolment letter - if you need a letter to confirm that you're enrolled at SAIT or a form filled out in order to access RESPs, scholarships, or other sources of funding, you can get one from Office of the Registrar after you've been registered in classes.
- Class schedule is available - your class schedules for your first semester will be available in mid-July for the fall term and the end of November for the winter and spring/summer terms. You can find your schedule on your mySAIT account under your myStudent tab or in the Ellucian GO app.
- Complete ETHI 110 online - all incoming students to SAIT need to complete ETHI 110 online. In this course, you'll have an opportunity to examine your own values around academic honesty, which includes plagiarism, cheating, group work, and the consequences of unethical behavior. Through a variety of scenarios, you'll have an opportunity to test your knowledge of SAIT's Student Code of Conduct and what it means to you as a student.
- Register for PREP 100 - nervous about starting your classes? We're here to help you! PREP 100 (online or classroom) is a short course that covers time management, memory techniques, effective note taking and much more.
- Rent a locker - after you get your schedule and you know where your classes will be held, rent a locker online at saitsalockers.com if you think you'll need one. You'll need your student ID number, a valid email address, and a credit card or PayPal account to rent a locker. They're rented on a first-come, first-served basis and can be rented by the semester or the year.
Two important deadlines
- Submit your final documents/transcripts - if you've been conditionally accepted to SAIT pending final grades (Confirmation Paid - Documents Required) from Grade 12, academic upgrading or international document assessment, don't forget that final documents are due by the applicable deadline for your term.
- Pay your tuition and fees - for new students, tuition is due four weeks before the start of your program.
After you've paid your tuition
- Get your student ID card (eCard) - you can get your eCard six weeks before your first day of classes, and after you have paid your tuition or had your student loan confirmed by SAIT. You can pick it up at the eCard office in the SAIT Bookstore, MB107, Stan Grad Centre, and add to your card balance for on-campus purchases. You can also get your card at the Office of the Registrar, AA211, Heritage Hall.
- Get your UPass - the UPass is a sticker applied to your eCard, providing you with unlimited access to Calgary Transit services for the duration of the semester. Eligible full-time students can pick up their UPass at the Office of the Registrar, AA211, Heritage Hall.
- Health and dental plan opt-out/opt-in/add-on - if you have comparable coverage, you can opt-out of the SAITSA health and dental plan. You can also opt-in or and add-on family members. The previous deadlines to make changes were Friday, Sept. 23 for the fall 2016 semester and Jan. 27 for the winter 2017 semester. Stay tuned for the new deadlines.
- Apply for student awards - don't miss out on your chance at a share of more than $5 million in student awards. Applications for student awards open in late-August each year and there are several award periods throughout the rest of the year. After you've been accepted to your program you can review the student awards you could be eligible for and apply in mySAIT.
- Review your booklist and buy your textbooks - booklists for most programs will be available Aug. 21, 2017. We recommend waiting until your first class before purchasing your books to avoid making unnecessary purchases and returns. You can find your booklist online and at the SAIT Bookstore.
- Get your computer/laptop - if you're in a program that's part of the Laptop (e-Learning) Program, you must use the designated computer that's loaded with required software. If you're in a program that is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), then you should review the requirements before you make a purchase. Other programs will list any hardware requirements in the Costs and Supplies section of your program page.
- Parking - if you're planning on driving to campus, a limited number of monthly parking passes will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis near the start of the semester.
- Attend Orientation - Orientation is a one-day event where you'll have the chance to meet your instructors, take a tour and connect with your classmates. You can find the specific date, time and location for your program's orientation on your schedule after it has been published.
- Add/drop classes - the add/drop period for most full-time programs is the first two weeks of the term.