High School Equivalency (ABE)

High School Equivalency (ABE)

  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan, Nanaimo, Parksville Qualicum, Powell River

The Program

Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are for adults who want to:

  • complete prerequisite courses needed for further study;
  • obtain a graduation certificate;
  • prepare for employment;
  • refresh their skills and confidence for work or further studies;
  • reach a personal goal.

ABE instructors understand the challenges students face when returning to school as adults, and provide support to students to make their experience a success.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers:

  • A supportive adult-centred learning environment.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Free tutorial assistance.
  • Advising, counseling, and student support services.
  • Assistance with course planning to meet your goals.
  • Daytime and evening classes.
  • A variety of options, from instructor-led classes to self-paced, flexible-schedule classes.

Courses are available up to the Grade 12 level in BiologyChemistryComputer StudiesEnglishHistory, MathematicsPhysicsPsychologyScienceEducation and Career Planning, and Reading and Writing.

Note: Not all courses or levels may be available in every semester or location.

BC Adult Graduation Diploma

The BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD), is a diploma that is equivalent to a BC Grade 12 diploma. To be eligible to graduate from this program students must complete five ABE courses. Normally, at least three of these courses would be taken at VIU (or another post-secondary institution), and at least one of these courses MUST be taken at VIU in order for students to be eligible for the BCAGD offered through VIU. Prior Learning Assessments may be used to meet any of the requirements for the BCAGD. Check the BC Adult Graduation Diploma program matrix for further details.

Financial Support

Financial support may be available to students in ABE programs through the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG), Human Resources and Social Development Canada, the Ministry of Human Resources, Native Bands, and other organizations. Check with the agencies concerned or ask about financial aid at your local campus or centre.

ABE Learning Centres

Learning Centres are available to assist students with:

  • help while studying ABE courses
  • preparing for assessments for admission to ABE or other VIU programs
  • materials to prepare for assessments and other tests
  • support for distance and online courses

Call your campus to find out more about Learning Centre services and hours.

GED—General Educational Development Exam

Vancouver Island University will consider the GED as the equivalent of a minimum high school graduation, provided that the student has attained at least 500 on each of the component tests. The GED does not provide equivalencies for English 12, Mathematics 11, or any other specific high school course.

Updated 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 17 years of age and out of school for one year

OR

  • High school graduation

OR

  • Enrolled in a VIU academic or trades/vocational program.

Note: An assessment may be required for placement purposes if prerequisites were completed more than 5 years prior to admission.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - per course*

Amount

Tuition: $0 per course

0.00

Student Activity fee ($13.25 per course)

13.25

Student Services fee ($14.7 per course)

14.70

VIU Students' Union fee (4 months x $19.12 per month)

76.48

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Total

379.43

Notes

* The above table is based on a four-month semester. ABE courses can run more than, or less than, four months.

Contact the CAP Department for a list of required textbooks and costs.

Financial Aid may be available under the StudentAidBC Adult Upgrading Grant. See StudentAidBC for more information.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - per semester

Amount

Tuition (1 semester x $7620 per semester)

7,620.00

Ancillary Fee (1 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

374.40

VIU Students' Union fee (1 semesters x $76.48 per semester)

76.48

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Total

8,345.88

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

* The above table is based on a four-month semester. ABE courses can run more than, or less than, four months.

Contact the CAP Department for a list of required textbooks and costs.

Financial Aid may be available under the StudentAidBC Adult Upgrading Grant. See StudentAidBC for more information.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Friday, September 1, 2017

Contact

Contact Vancouver Island University in your community for information on course availability, schedules, and registration information:

  • in Nanaimo, call 250-740-6425, or attend a free Information Session held every Monday from 1:30 - 3 pm in Building 205.
  • in Parksville-Qualicum, call 250-248-2096.
  • in Cowichan, call 250-746-3500.
  • in Powell River, call (604) 485-2878.
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