Student Services assistants provide general information about the university college, register students for orientations and workshops, help students use the Career Resource Centre, and provide a lost and found service. Assistants book appointments for Counselling, and Educational Advising. For off-campus housing information, please check www.myidealhome.com/ucfv.
Educational advisors are available to help current and potential students explore post-secondary options both at UCFV and elsewhere. Advisors assist students in developing individual education plans by explaining career and program requirements, institutional processes, and course transfer. Through confidential individual appointments, advisors provide assistance in refining goals and objectives, understanding available choices, and assessing the consequences of alternative actions.
Students may book full educational planning appointments or have quick questions answered during short drop-in sessions.
Educational advisors also offer free one- and two-hour information workshops on various topics.
For new students:
Introduction to UCFV
This two-hour workshop is for new students who have not attended a post-secondary institution, and who have not yet applied to UCFV. You will learn about the application process, program opportunities, options for continuing your education, expectations of UCFV, and available resources. The workshop will give you an understanding of the ins and outs of the UCFV system and how you can give yourself the advantage as a student.
Becoming a Student at UCFV
This workshop is for students who have already applied to a UCFV program and want some assistance with the registration process. The focus of the workshop is on course planning; you will learn about assessment tests, criteria for selecting courses, timetabling, registration processes, and UCFV resources that may assist you with your educational planning.
These two-hour sessions are for new students who need help in learning how to organize and develop their timetables.
For continuing students:
Building Arts Degrees
Top 10 Advising Tips for a Successful Semester
Becoming a Teacher
Course Scheduling for the Undecided
Pre-Professional Course Planning
(Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary, Dental Hygiene, Physical & Occupational Therapy)
First-time Online Learner
External liaison information sessions
Educational advisors organize information sessions and forums for continuing students. Representatives from admission departments, selected faculties, and graduate programs from other universities and professional schools visit UCFV to provide information for students planning to transfer to another institution or pursuing graduate studies. Annual events include the Education Forum for teaching-bound students, the Graduate Studies Fair, and the University Liaison Day. Graduate studies tips, handbook and opportunities can be found at www.ufv.ca/crc/graduate_programs.htm.
Check the Educational Advising website for workshops and information sessions at www.ufv.ca/advising.htm.
To book an appointment, check the drop-in schedule, or sign up for a workshop, please contact Student Services reception.
Note: for services at the Mission campus, please contact the Abbotsford number.
The counsellors at UCFV are professionally trained to provide a variety of counselling services.
Career counselling is available to help you choose a satisfying career suited to your individual strengths, interests, values and personality type. This service is offered on an individual appointment basis, in a group workshop format, and occasionally as a credit course.
Crisis counselling is available to get students back on track after experiencing a sudden, traumatic event.
Times of change and stress may result in anxiety, depression, or feelings of helplessness. Personal counselling may often help to understand and resolve problems that interfere with daily living and academic work. Personal counselling is available for students on an individual appointment or sometimes on a group basis.
Student success counselling
Student success counselling is available to help students to become effective, independent learners. This service is available in individual and workshop format. See workshops and courses below.
Workshops and courses
Career and Life Planning Workshops
Career Planning Orientations
Career Planning 101
Student Success Workshops including:
How to Study, Learn, Remember, and Stay Motivated
Study Skills Overview
Public Speaking with Confidence
See additional Academic Support courses.
Call Student Services reception to register for these workshops or to book individual appointments.
Student Financial Aid Services
Student Financial Aid Services provides information and assistance in a supportive manner to UCFV students needing financial help. Despite careful budgeting, hard work, and planning, many students still have difficulty saving enough to complete their studies. Those needing help in financing their education are encouraged to contact Student Financial Aid Services for appropriate funding programs.
British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP)
BCSAP is a need-based program that is available to assist students with educational costs at the post-secondary level. BCSAP supplements funds available to students through work, savings/assets, and family resources/income.
Funds awarded through this program may be disbursed through a combination of Canada Student Loan, B.C. Student Loan, Canada Study Grant for Students with Dependants, and Canada Millennium Foundation Bursary. Apply online at www.bcsap.bc.ca.
Provincial and/or federal grants may be available to students enrolled in part-time post-secondary studies (Canada Study Grant for High Need Part-time Students), or College and Career Prep, ESL, Adult Special Education studies (Adult Basic Education Assistance Program). Grant funding is for direct educational costs: tuition, books, supplies, and in some cases, transportation. Living costs are not funded.
In situations involving unforeseen financial interruption or emergency, some students may be able to receive emergency assistance. Contact Student Financial Aid Services for appropriate applications.
Bursaries and scholarships
There are many opportunities to apply for bursaries or scholarships through UCFV. The Student Financial Planning handbook or website (www.ufv.ca/fineaid/) outlines these opportunities and is available to students at no cost through Student Financial Aid Services. Bursaries are based on financial need and will be posted when available, usually at the end of September and the end of January. Scholarships are based on academic standing and will be advertised in April of each year. Applications and deadlines are available at Student Financial Aid Services.