College and University Preparation (Upgrading)

Recent changes in tuition mean that our College and University Preparation/ Academic Upgrading courses cost 50 percent less than they used to. We thought you might like that.

Aim for success

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 College and University Preparation (Upgrading) 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 and May
Online, Blended, Blended Video Conference, Print-based, Face-to-Face, Face-to-Face with Video Conference, Video Conference
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.
Alberta’s universities, colleges, and technical institutes, as well as at most colleges and universities in the United States.

Students attending regional campuses should expect that their courses will be delivered online. Each campus has a fully qualified educational assistant or instructor on-site to support and direct student learning.

Unless other arrangements are made, students take courses when scheduled during daytime hours at the site where they have been accepted. Travel to the main campus in Lethbridge may be required for selected science labs.

Course registrations or “add/drops” must be carried out in consultation with an Academic Advisor and sponsorship supervisor, if applicable. It is the student’s responsibility to register for and maintain credit minimums as required for sponsorship and to ensure their registration is sufficient to meet their sponsoring agencies’ requirements.

College and University Preparation - Cost Estimate
2014-15 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies*
Year 1$1,500$925$1,236
Year 2Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
* 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:
• 403.563.7041
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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