College and University Preparation (Upgrading)

Aim for success

The College and University Preparation Program offers learning opportunities through to Grade 12 equivalency on a full-time or part-time basis, and is open to any person who successfully meets Grade 9 standards. College and University Preparation is typically taken by three different student groups: those who want to complete their high school education, those who want to improve their final marks in high school courses, and those who did not take particular high school courses now required for entrance into their post-secondary program of choice.

We know the road to a successful future isn’t always easy. Discovering your career goals and paving a solid path can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure of your options. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure things out alone. Our program will help you find your way, offering the resources and support you need to take that next big step. We have a whole section cheering you on ready to help, including career counselors, academic advisors and much more. You can choose to brush up your skills in everything from math, English, reading and spelling to chemistry, physics and biology at various levels to match your academic needs. We can work with you in other ways, too. Some of our courses are flexible and can be offered through distance learning to suit your pace and lifestyle. Most importantly, we've recently reduced pricing for our upgrading courses and have several funding options for you to consider that will help you reach your dreams while keeping change in your pocket. Whatever your situation, we’ll help you find the avenue to success.

College and University Preparation is right for you if you:

  • want a better future through higher education
  • are ready to return to the classroom to make it happen
  • require upgrading to move ahead at work
  • want to upgrade your marks to gain admission to a college or university program.

Making ‘cents’ of your money

It’s true: you can’t put a price on education. But, the reality is, schooling may be expensive and the numbers can add up quickly. There are a few options that can help: you can choose to be self-funded through private loans from family members or banks; if you are an aboriginal, you may qualify for FNMI Band/Organization Funding; or, you can apply for funding through government grants. Information on Funding options can be found at the Financial Aid desk in the Student Services area.

College and University Preparation (Upgrading): At-a-Glance
September, January, May
Online, Blended, Face-to-Face
Students in the College and University Preparation program who accumulate at least 18 credits in academic courses are eligible to receive a Credential of Achievement. To qualify, students must take four courses numbered 0090 through 0099, including at least one English course, and achieve a minimum grade point average of 1.50.

Our courses are offered in a variety of formats. The format in which a course is offered may change at short notice, depending on enrolments and student needs.The current delivery formats are:

  • Online - You will complete the entire course using the online environment.
  • Blended - You will be required to participate in both face-to-face and online components in a blended course. The amount of required face-to-face time varies by course section.
  • Face-to-face - You will attend class at a scheduled time and location. An instructor will be physically present to assist you.
College and University Preparation - Cost Estimate
2015-16 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies*
Year 1$1,500$925$1,500
Year 2Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
* International students pay a differential tuition fee but all other costs are the same as those charged domestic students, see detailed costs.
* Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
Upgrading School | Academic Upgrading | Upgrade Education

Contact Us

Program Offices:
Main Campus:

• 403.329.7269
Crowsnest Pass Campus:
• 403.562.2853
Claresholm Campus:
• 403.625.4231
Office of the Chair:
• 403.320.3202 ext. 5308
Office of the Dean:
• 403.317.3597

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