English Language Studies

Domestic students: Fees and costs

English Language Studies (ELS) has been welcoming domestic students from a terrific range of linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds for more than thirty years, and we remain committed to supporting our students in all their diversity as they strive to reach their personal, professional, and academic goals.


Tuition-free courses   

All ELS courses are tuition-free for domestic students. There are other fees and expenses that you may need to pay for, including textbooks, classroom supplies, parking, and other costs. Information about UFV fees and other costs can be found in the Academic Calendar.

The Student Union Society (SUS) Health and Dental Plan fee is charged to students who are enrolled in nine or more credits. It is charged in the fall semester only, but it provides health and dental coverage from September to August. Students may opt out if they have equivalent coverage with another health plan, for example, through their employer, spouse, or parents. If you have questions about the Health and Dental Plan, please contact the Student Union Society.


Financial assistance   

Domestic students can apply for Adult Upgrading Grant. Students who qualify for this grant can receive funding to help cover the costs such as student fees, textbooks, and supplies. Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid and Awards office at least four weeks before classes start. For questions about the Adult Upgrading Grant, contact the Financial Aid and Awards office.


Need help?

Each student's situation is unique, and we are here to help. Contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your needs, explore funding options, and get help choosing ELS courses and program options that are right for you.

My ESL class was the first time for me to make friends in a new country. I got the chance to practice my English and learn new skills. UFV will be an unforgettable part of my life.

  • – Lin (Shirley) Jiang
  •    China

I moved to Abbotsford without any English at all. I became an ESL student at UFV and learned English from the basic level to the academic level. Academic courses gave me the opportunity to work toward my goals.

  • – Anatilde Cascavita
  •    Columbia

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