Know Before You Go…
is a resource that is intended for Grade 12 students, and the educators who support them, as they transition from high school to post-secondary studies and/or employment. This life skills resource helps students anticipate, identify and navigate situations they will encounter when entering the realm of postsecondary education. It contains information on many topics including paying bills, study skills, roommate issues, identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.
The admission deadline to most Canadian universities is February 28. U.B.C. has a deadline of January 15. Deadlines vary per institute. Students will start receiving emails and letters from universities outside B.C. asking for up-to-date transcripts. These outside institutes want your latest available Grade 11 and Grade 12 marks sent to them before their stated deadlines. For a lot of students, this means sending in your first interim grades. If you require an official transcript see the front office.
Awards and Scholarships
Many award applications are now being advertised. Most major Canadian university entrance awards have a February deadline.
B.C. universities offer “conditional acceptance” and a registration date based on your second interim grades (these grades reflect September to February school work) that are received from the Ministry of Education on an ongoing basis. Remember acceptance is conditional (upon graduating in July and maintaining good grades) until confirmed. Once you believe you have confirmed your offer, check your university account to ensure your deposit and scholarships you may have been offered are shown in your account.
TIPS: Print and save the registration number given to you when you apply through Education Planner and put it in a safe place. Also, save your university log in account – you will need them!
ASK QUESTIONS! RECORD THE ANSWERS! FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR GOALS!
While this collection was once HUGE and DIVERSE, every year fewer and fewer colleges and universities sn-mail out hard copies of their information. YOUR BEST SOURCE of information about a particular college or university is their website.
A quick search of your interested school will take you–VIRTUALLY– to their campus.
We have also assembled a list of links to various search tools to locate a college, university or program of study.
Most colleges and universities start accepting applications for admissions in Septmeber of your grade 12 year. The opening and closing dates vary from school to school, so you must do that research EARLY!
Listed below are links to various application websites.
Alternatively, you can find your school of choice and enter APPLY in “their” website search engine.
There are a number expenses or cost connected to going to college and university. The following is a list of the expenses you should know about and plan to finance.
TUITION – How much will your program cost you? Figure this out by the semester or by the month, and for the entire length of the program. Costs can vary greatly due to:
STUDENT FEES – All institutions have student fees that are used to support student services. Most institutions offer medical coverage and bus passes.
BOOKS & SUPPLIES – Some programs only require you to purchase books, while others will require you to purchase tools, work boots, art supplies or specialized computer software. Some disciplines, such as nursing, have expensive textbooks.
LIVING EXPENSES – Outline what it will cost for you to live while attending college or university. Are you able to live at home with your parents? If not, will you live in on-campus housing, or will you rent a place? Don’t forget to include expenses like food, hydro, transportation, cell phone, internet, etc.
University tuition fees (Canadian dollars) for full-time Canadian and international students in an arts and humanities program range from $2500 to$10000, depending on the school and program of study. Check out some information from a national organization representing 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges