Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

The BC Adult Basic Education Program is to help adults:

  • improve basic English and math skills for personal benefit or to prepare for a job
  • meet university program prerequisites, or
  • complete high school and earn the provincially recognized Adult Graduation Diploma (Dogwood Diploma)

UFV's Adult Basic Education (ABE) program has two levels:

  1. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  2. Adult Basic Education University Preparation (ABEUP)

to be eligible to take ABE courses students must:

  • be at least 19 years of age, or
  • have a high school graduation diploma, or
  • be 17 or 18 years of age and out of public school for at least one year

Students applying to an ABE program may need to take an assessment to measure reading, writing, and math skills. Completing the assessment helps place students at a course level that's comfortable and meets their skill level. A UUP instructional assistant can review your high school transcript and let you know if you need to take an assessment.

Courses are offered at the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Hope campuses and meet the BC Ministry of Education guidelines.

Funding is available for those who qualify for the Adult Upgrading Grant 2017/2018 through UFV Financial Aid and Awards.

Upgrading courses now tuition-free at UFV

As of September 1, 2017, all Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Studies (ELS) courses for domestic students are tuition-free.

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