As a student in an off-campus program or taking online classes, you have access to USask student services including financial and academic support.
Connect with us
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've been admitted to USask, 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).
Set up your USask email
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.
Before you register for classes
Get to know which classes you need
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. Local advisors are also available at your site to provide additional support.
Map your progress with Degree Works
Use Degree Works in PAWS to help plan and monitor your academic progress.
Register for classes
Search for classes and plan your schedule
Follow these steps to view classes being offered:
- Go to the class search page and select the term you wish to register for.
- Enter Your Search Criteria:
- Subject: Select the subject you are interested in.
To view all subjects leave blank.
- Campus: If studying at an off-campus site, choose your location from the Campus Menu. For Prince Albert campus choose SIAST - Woodland Campus.
- Choose how classes are delivered by selecting Advanced Search:
- Select Schedule Type:
- Lecture for face-to-face classes at an off-campus site
- Televised class for live-streamed/televised classes
- Web based class for online classes
- Independent Studies for print-based, home study classes
- Or All for everything
- Select Schedule Type:
- Subject: Select the subject you are interested in.
- Once you submit your search you will see how classes are delivered under the Title and where it is offered under Campus. Each class offering has a specific CRN and this number is what you will use to register. You can learn more about each class by clicking the Course Title.
- Consider using the class schedule worksheets to plan your schedule.
Check your registration status
Registration for both fall term (September–December) and winter term (January–April) opens in June. Registration for spring term and summer term opens in February.
To find your registration access date, the earliest day and time you will be able to register:
- Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select Register for Classes
- Select View your Status
Looking for more information on how to register, drop and withdraw from classes? See our classes and registration page with detailed instructions and video tutorials.
Get ready for classes
Buy your textbooks
A list of required textbooks and materials is provided in your class syllabus and through the My Textbooks channel in PAWS. Textbooks can be ordered online through the Shop USask Bookstore.
Register with Access and Equity Services
If applicable, get in touch with Access and Equity Services to learn more about the possibility of receiving academic accommodations based on your disability, religion, family status or gender identity.
Download free student software
Microsoft Office 365 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 software that supports reading, writing, studying, and research. The software is free to all USask students and makes reading from the web and digital files more accessible.
Distance Education Writing Centre
Anyone taking a distance class administered by the Distance Education Unit can has access to free writing support through the Distance Education Writing Centre. This includes classes that are offered online, through independent studies, televised, multi-mode and off-campus classes.
- The Writing Centre provides tools and support to help you write effective essays, reports and reviews.
- Simply submit a project draft and a qualified tutor will assess your work and offer advice on ways to improve your project.
- Contact the tutor if you have difficulty getting started, or want advice on constructing an outline.
- Tutors do not replace writing instruction in your classes – they enhance and support it. Tutors will not write, edit or proofread assignments and will not ghostwrite essays or offer instruction in English as a second language.
- You do the work. We support you in the process.
- Write a project draft.
- Use the following timelines when submitting:
- Submit your assignment by email at least 2-3 days (48-72 hours) before the due date.
- Assignments sent by regular mail or fax require more time. Contact the Distance Education Writing Centre for more details.
- Assignments may be submitted on weekends but return times may be slower.
- Your assignment will be returned along with a tutor critique sheet. The critique sheet will provide comments about the following areas:
- What are the paper's strengths?
- Describe any weaknesses concerning the thesis or focus, voice or tone, organization, development, paragraphing etc.
- The tutor will suggest a strategy to improve on each weakness and offer additional comments to help you with your assignment.
Send a completed submission form along with your assignment to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response from a tutor confirming receipt of your assignment.
All final examinations are scheduled to be written on campus in Saskatoon. The date, time and location of your exam is listed in the Final Examination schedule in your PAWS account. If you are unable to write your examination in Saskatoon (certain criteria applies) you must apply for a regular or special examination centre. If you are writing your final exam in Saskatoon do not complete an application form.
If you are taking an off-campus face-to-face or live streamed/televised class you will write your exam at your off-campus site.
USask student resources
Distance Library Services
Distance and Distributed Library Services are available and materials are mailed free of charge. The Ask Us chat service on the website connects you directly with library staff.
Student Central provides information and assistance with registration, tuition, emergency loans, student life and more.
Student health and dental plan
The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) offers a comprehensive health coverage plan. Off-campus students are not automatically covered but you may enrol yourself as well as your spouse and dependents during the change-of-coverage period.
Student Wellness Centre
Contact the Student Wellness Centre for information about services available for off-campus students.
International Student and Study Abroad Centre
Earn credit toward your degree by studying abroad. There are more than 35 countries to choose from and scholarships are available.
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 channel in PAWS. Students also pay fees that are used to fund specific benefits offered as part of a university education.
Scholarships, bursaries and awards
Full-time USask off-campus students are eligible for USask scholarships, bursaries and awards. In addition to awards administered by USask, you are encouraged to look for awards from other sources such as clubs and associations. We also recommend that you talk to your off-campus advisor about awards that may be available through your regional college.
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.
Information for common visiting students
Saskatchewan students enrolled at the University of Regina, and/or Saskatchewan Polytechnic
If you are currently enrolled at the University of Regina and/or Saskatchewan Polytechnic, you can apply to the University of Saskatchewan as a Common Visiting Student. As a Common Visiting Student, you can take distance and off-campus classes offered by partnered institutions in Saskatchewan with the intent of transferring credit back to your home institution.
To apply as a Common Visiting Student, please fill out and submit the application form below, along with a letter of permission from your home institution. Talk to your advisor at your home institution for more information.
Local advisors are available at your off-campus site to provide on-site support.
Contact your college's academic advisor with questions about your program requirements.
Contact Student Central for questions about registration, finances, scholarships, student loans and more.
Contact IT Support for technical issues, online resources and video tutorials.