Applying For Axcess Acadia And Tuition Costs

We're excited that you are considering applying for Axcess Acadia! For information on the application process and cost of attending Acadia please explore this page. To find out more about a topic simply select the title and additional information will appear.

If you think you might be interested in Axcess Acadia now or in the future but would like more information please reach out. We're happy to connect on the phone, in person, or through email. To set up a meeting or to ask any questions please contact us at


Who Can Apply For Axcess Acadia?

Axcess Acadia is open to students who need varying levels of support to thrive in a post-secondary education environment. As motivation to learn and curiosity are the biggest factors in someone’s success in post-secondary school, we determine who would be a good fit based on that rather than the complexity of required supports and will not turn a student away based on the supports they require.

The following list outlines the criteria for who qualifies for the Axcess Acadia stream.

  • Has a self-identified intellectual disability or developmental disability
  • Does not meet the current standard admissions criteria for Acadia University’s bachelor programs.
  • Motivated to learn in areas of interest to them
  • Eager to experience post-secondary school
  • Prospective student’s field of interest is available at Acadia University
Cost Of Axcess Acadia

Axcess Acadia students are responsible for paying the auditing fee for each course and residence fees should they decide to stay on campus. Students must also cover the cost of their own transportation, student fees, class supplies, textbooks, and any other incidental expenses. However, monetary support may be available for educational disability-related supports such as tutoring, note-taking, communication supports, assistive technology, or specialized transportation. 

At Axcess Acadia we believe that education should be available to everyone and that the cost should not be a barrier. If you think Axcess Acadia would be a good fit for you, but you cannot afford the cost of tuition please reach out as we may be able to offer financial support on a case-by-case basis.

Please note these estimated costs are based on the 2020/2021 Academic Calendar. Fees may vary per year and course.

Cost per 3 hour audited course: $596.00 (1-3 courses are taken per semester).

Additional materials: $200 per semester. This includes printing, office supplies, and other miscellaneous materials. Costs vary based on the program and courses selected.

Residence fees*:

Minimum room cost for a shared double room: $5,410  

Maximum room cost for a private suite: $10,035

Typical single room: $7,500


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*Please note staying in residence is optional. Students may also live off-campus or at home.

How to Apply For Axcess Acadia

We’re excited you’re considering attending Acadia University through Axcess Acadia, and we can’t wait to connect. The first thing to do if you would like to apply for Axcess Acadia is to reach out so we can set up a meeting.

Please note that Axcess Acadia only has space for up to 5 students at a time. If you apply and are a good fit for the stream but there is no space available, you will be put on a waitlist and contacted when a place opens up.



  1. Email us at Axcess Acadia
  2. Set up a meeting (virtual or in-person) with your supportive adult(s) (parents, guardians, or other consistent adult supports). This is our opportunity to get to know you and your goals, and for you and your supportive adults to ask any questions you may have.
  3. After the meeting, you’ll be given this form to fill out so we can determine if we can offer options that fit your interests and goals.
  4. Once you’ve submitted the form and are accepted, we’ll let you know!
  5. Attend an Open Acadia day to get to know the school, sit in on some lectures, meet a professor, etc. (please note if you live far from the school, the Open Acadia day will be the same day as your meeting to cut back on travel time and expenses).
  6. Meet virtually or in-person to discuss what supports you may need and to plan out your living in residence (if you want to live in residence, this is optional)
  7. Based on your goals and interests, we’ll work with you to help you pick out what courses you’d like to audit.


Deadlines 2021/2022 academic year:

Program application deadline: June 15th, 2021

Residence decision deadline: June 22nd, 2021


Still want to get involved but missed the deadline? Email us at to see if there are still openings available for this year or next!

If you think inclusive post-secondary education is right for you, but Acadia University doesn’t offer the types of classes you’re looking for reach out or contact Cape Breton University and Mount Saint Vincent University for more inclusive post-secondary education options.