How to Apply Checklist

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Before you apply

This checklist is your step-by-step guide to applying to NAIT. You may find it helpful to bookmark this page or print a copy to keep on hand while you go through your application process*. 

Browse all programs and courses offered at NAIT.

Review program entrance requirements and make sure you meet them. If not, consider other options like open studies or academic upgrading

Know when to apply. Review program dates and deadlines such as term start dates and application deadlines. Use this to plan your application timelines.  Learn more about application processing timelines.

Make sure the programs you're interested in are still "open" and accepting applicants. 

Check program availability

Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.   Find out more

Applying to NAIT

You're ready to move on to the next step of your admissions journey at NAIT - applying.
Follow the steps below, and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete your application. Best of luck!

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Select a program

Decide on a program that aligns best with your career goals.

Learn about program delivery options (full time, part time, online) and decide which one is best for you. Check the program info to make sure  -  not all delivery options are available for every program.

Attend an information session, Open House or Program Preview.

Consider contacting the Student Service Centre to plan your application or meet with an Academic Advisor to create an education plan.

Apply online

Apply early as programs can fill quickly! You can apply online to NAIT through the provincial post-secondary application website, Apply Alberta (APAS). Once you have submitted your application and paid the related fees through APAS, you can upload supporting documents and transcripts through your MyNAIT Portal.

You will need:

  • Alberta Student Number
  • Email address
  • Valid form of payment (for the non-refundable application fee). This must be paid online:
    • Credit: Visa or Mastercard only.
    • Debit: Visa Debit or Debit Mastercard. Check your debit card for the Visa or Mastercard symbol.

Apply now

Already have an Apply Alberta account? Login

NAIT Student ID

After you have completed your online application through Apply Alberta, your NAIT Student ID will be emailed to you. You will need your NAIT Student ID to create a Student Portal account (see next step).

Create account

Your admissions updates and notifications will be sent to your NAIT student portal account. It's important to check it frequently throughout the application process.

We recommend using the same email address for both NAIT and Apply Alberta so all updates are easily accessible from the same inbox.

You will need:

  • NAIT student ID
  • Email address

Create an account   Login

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Submit documents

Submit all that apply

Official academic transcripts (high school and post-secondary students outside of Alberta. NAIT will automatically request transcripts for in-province applicants)

Proof of enrolment (for courses you are enrolled in but have not started yet)

Progress report (for courses you have started but have yet to receive a final grade)

Accepted file formats:

  • PDF, word doc, docx
  • File size
  • Any other requirements, or recommendation to follow instructions on APAS

Learn more about submitting documents

Plan tuition and finances

It’s important to be realistic about your savings and current financial situation, both now and during the time you will have to complete your program. Do you anticipate you will need financial assistance or support?

If so, applying for scholarships, bursaries and loans is a great way to be proactive and help you achieve your goals faster. At NAIT, scholarship applications are separate from program admissions.

Estimate the total tuition, fee and living costs for your first year.

Review and apply for scholarships, awards, grants and bursaries. See scholarships for more information

If applicable, learn more about student loans and funding application procedures.

Explore housing options. See student housing and accommodation

Track your application

Learn more about what your application status means, first and second choices, and competitive entrance.
Learn more about your application status


The Office of the Registrar will admit or conditionally admit applicants into programs until the program is full.

Once a program is full, qualified applicants are placed on a waitlist.

  • Officially accept offer
  • Enrol in classes
  • Pay all fees by deadline

Sign in to accept your offer


NAIT maintains two different types of waitlists; one for competitive programs, and one for non-competitive programs.

Competitive Programs
Programs with a competitive entrance manage waitlists according to applicants overall average of the program’s required courses. Applicants that meet the competitive average are placed on a competitive waitlist; applicants that meet the minimum requirements are placed on a non-competitive waitlist.

Non-competitive Programs
Programs with a non-competitive entrance manage waitlists according to the date a complete application was received.

Accept your offer

After receiving a letter with an offer of admission, you’ll need to pay the required tuition deposit by the deadline displayed on your MyNAIT Portal under “Make a Payment”. Tuition deposits must be paid by the deadline displayed in your MyNAIT Portal. In all cases, tuition deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If you are accepted into your first choice

Pay the tuition deposit for your first choice program and cancel your second choice application through your MyNAIT Portal. Your second choice application will be cancelled once you have been given an offer of admission to your first choice program. For more information, learn how NAIT evaluates your application.

If you are accepted into your second choice

Pay the tuition deposit for your second choice program. This reserves your seat in this program. Your application to your first choice will not be cancelled by paying this deposit.

If you paid the deposit on your second choice and then are accepted into your first choice

You must pay the tuition deposit on your first choice, even if you've already paid the deposit on your second choice. Admission to your second choice program will automatically be cancelled when you pay this new deposit. Any deposits previously paid will be credited to your account and go towards your tuition.

If you applied to 2 programs and are accepted into both at the same time

Simply select the program you would like to attend and pay the tuition deposit. Email the Student Service Centre or visit the Student Service Centre in the Centre of Applied Technology on Main Campus to request to have your other applications cancelled.

Alternate Offer of Admission

After reviewing your application, if we determine that we are unable to offer you admission in both your first and your second choices, we may provide you an alternate offer of admission to a related NAIT program.

 Learn more about accepting your offer

 *This is a guide and intended for reference only as some student entrance and admissions requirements may vary. If you have questions or concerns at any time during your application to NAIT, we recommend contacting a member of our student services and advising centre.  

Need help with your application?

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us.

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Getting set up on campus

Congratulations! You're on your way to a rewarding student experience at NAIT and an exciting career beyond.
Once you've received and accepted your official offer letter, you're ready to enrol in classes and get ready for your first day on campus.

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Enrol in classes

Check your MyNAIT Portal for your offer of admission e-letter.

Pay your tuition deposit.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive an e-letter on your MyNAIT Portal to confirm you have accepted NAIT’s offer of admission.

Enrol in courses as soon as possible. Refer to the Manage Classes section in the MyNAIT Self Service Guide.

How to enrol

Online Enrolment FAQ

Login to MyNAIT Portal

one AT NAIT card

Your one AT NAIT card serves as your official NAIT identification card, and it also allows you to add funds to use at eat AT NAIT and shop AT NAIT locations and wherever one AT NAIT cards are accepted.

Pick up your card on campus at the main Student Services office

Add funds (optional)

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*Fees are subject to change without notice  

Books and supplies

There are two ways to find your list of supplies. You can also find paper copies of most program lists at shop AT NAIT.

MyNAIT Portal

Search on your MyNAIT Portal textbooks page

Print out your list or bring it with you to the bookstore on your device 

Login to find your list

shop AT NAIT online

Look up your program on the shop AT NAIT website

Order books to be delivered or pick up in store

Shop online

shop AT NAIT for all your student needs:

Is someone sponsoring the cost of your textbooks and supplies?

Ensure your sponsor has completed the required documentation with shop AT NAIT. Sponsors can contact or call 780.491.7717 for more details on how to create a Sponsored Student account.

Sponsored Student Accounts may take up to two business days to activate, from the time completed documentation has been received.


Find your classes and/or labs on the NAIT campus map

Identify whether you are on Main campus, Patricia campus or Souch campus

Locate convenient parking lots and select a second and third choice in case you are not able to get your preferred spots

Buy a parking permit from the bookstore, shop AT NAIT or online

Pick up your parking tag at the main parking office

 See all student parking options

*Fees are subject to change without notice  

Locker rental

Lockers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at all 3 campuses. Lockers on Souch and Patricia Campuses are not rented online.

Select a locker from the campus locations and maps. If you know the locker number, enter it to rent.

Read and agree to the Rental Terms and Conditions.

Pay for your locker within 24 hours of placing your reservation. Once you have paid you have 30 days to change your locker.

Online locker rental

*Fees are subject to change without notice  

Other things to consider

Student housing or accommodations (roommate, rental, etc.)

Visit campus or take a self-guided tour to get familiar with your classroom and/or lab locations.

Get involved with NAITSA (NAIT student's union) clubs, volunteering, events and peer support services.

Learn about student services including tutoring, mental health counselling, learning support and disabilities services.

Learn more about student life at NAIT

*Fees are subject to change without notice  
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