Senior Discount and ESL

Senior citizen’s discount
Tuition free ESL courses for eligible students


Senior citizen’s discount

Seniors, 65 years of age and older, may enrol in most credit courses without having to pay tuition or ancillary fees, provided they do not displace fee-paying students. They will be charged the application fee and will be responsible for the cost of any supplies required for the course(s).
Courses and programs offered on a cost-recovery basis are not included in this discount. Cost recover courses are listed in the timetable with a fee more than $144.51 per credit (that is, $433.53 for a 3-credit course, or $578.04 for a 4-credit course).
Some examples include, but are not limited to: Teacher Education, Applied Business Technology, Substance Abuse certificate courses, Continuing Studies, and ElderCollege.
International students are excluded from this discount.


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Tuition free ESL courses for eligible students

The Canadian Federal Government and the BC Provincial Governments provide funding as an initiative for the development and implementation of a tuition free policy for eligible students in English as a Second Language (ESL) in BC. Eligible students are still required to pay mandatory fees that are not considered tuition, such as ancillary fees, athletics, fees, technology fees and student union fees.

The institutional operating grant provides funding toward instructional costs and this tuition reimbursement provides funding for tuition that would otherwise be collected from students.

More information can be found at:

Federal Definition of Eligible Clients

The eligible client description below is an excerpt from Annex A of the Canada-BC Immigration Agreement – section 4.0 Eligible Clients

4.1 “Eligible Clients” for federally funded settlement and integration services in British Columbia and, in the case of section 4.1.(d), with respect to those destined for British Columbia are:

a. permanent residents of Canada;
b. protected persons as defined in section 95 of the IRPA;
c. individuals who have been selected, in Canada, to become permanent residents (pending medical, security and criminal verifications) and who have been informed of this by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
d. while recognizing federal jurisdiction for programming overseas, and in consultation with Canada, foreign nationals who have been selected overseas to become permanent residents (pending verifications) and who have been informed of this by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada; and
e. live-in caregivers who are in Canada with a work permit under the Live-in Caregiver Program.

Please contact any Office of the Registrar for more details.


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