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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.

If you are an international student, please view the fees and costs on the International website.

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.

English Language Studies (ESL) courses

Tuition & fees
per 3-credit course


Tuition & fees
per 6-credit course


For intermediate
certificate (18 cr.)


English Language Studies (ESL) courses
Tuition/credit $0.00
Ancillary fee/credit

Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/credit

Total tuition and fees/credit $10.92
Student union and society fees: Every semester, you will also pay student union and society fees, which include your BC transit pass and student health & dental plan. To learn more about how your fees will be set, visit the Student union and society fees page.


The ancillary fee provides support for activities, athletics, library and technical services, student software, and student spaces. It's set at 10% of tuition, and is charged per credit.

The Experiential Learning & Wellness fee provides support for students in the form of experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities, expansion of the Co-Curricular Record, health & well-being, and peer mentoring. It is set at 2% of the tuition.

UFV collects fees on behalf of the Student Union Society, the Cascade Journalism Society, and UFV Campus and Community Radio every semester. Learn more about student union & society fees.

My ELS 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 ELS 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
  •    Colombia

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