Applicants: For information on which programs will taught in-person or fully-online for January 2021, visit our Program Delivery page before you apply for admission.


Applications are open now for the January 2021 term. Do you want help applying? Call us and talk to a prospective student representative at 403-410-1402. We can help you understand your choices in applying for admission to High School Upgrading or Literacy and Essential Skills upgrading.

Step 1 - Select the right upgrading program

We offer programs from basic literacy through high school upgrading and pathways that help you enter specific programs at Bow Valley College or the Alberta University of the Arts. View the full list at bowvalleycollege.ca/programs-courses/academic-upgrading.

Step 2 - Apply for Upgrading

Term Status and how to apply
 Winter 2021 (January 2021)

 New applications for Winter 2021 will open on September 11 at 8:00 a.m.

Some upgrading courses, such as Anytime Online, are not eligible for Alberta Works financial assistance. If you are interested in applying for Alberta Works, please contact the Welcome Centre for more information.

  • If you attended high school in Canada within the past 7 years, please bring a copy of your transcripts to the Office of the Registrar when you submit your application for admission.
  • If you haven't completed any Grade 10 to 12 courses in Canada in the last 7 years you will need to take the Bow Valley College Placement Test.

See the Admissions and Placement Testing page for the test schedule and additional testing information.

A Government-issued photo identification is required to write the Admissions and Placement Test. 

Step 3 - After you apply

After you apply, Bow Valley College will send you an email within 2 to 3 business days. This email will tell you if you are accepted into your program and what you need to do next. 

After you are accepted, you will be sent information by email about how to register in courses.

Alberta Works financial assistance is limited. Visit the Alberta Works page to find out how to apply for financial aid.

  • There is a separate deadline for Alberta Works funding
  • Only accepted learners may apply for funding
  • Apply to Bow Valley College as early as possible if you want to apply for Alberta Works funding
  • Bow Valley College does not guarantee or manage the funding process.

Some upgrading programs, such as Anytime Online, are not eligible for Alberta Works financial aid. Contact the Welcome Centre for guidance on which programs may qualify for financial aid.

If you require academic accommodations, contact Learner Success Services four months prior to the start of scheduled classes to set-up your academic accommodation plan.

We will make reasonable effort to provide suitable accommodation, however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that your start date may be deferred to provide the accommodation. While the college attempts to facilitate all accommodation requests, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters.

Get help

Contact the Welcome Centre for assistance. We can be reached at info@bowvalleycollege.ca or 403-410-1402 during regular business hours.

  • Indigenous students can call 403-476-2256 to speak with the Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist.

  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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