January 2021 applicants: At this time, no decision has been made for January 2021 course delivery options (online, in-class, or blended). We expect a decision to be reached in late October 2020 based on the guidance of Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta. This page will be updated as soon as an official decision is made. Our call centre staff do not have access to different information.

Bow Valley College campuses are closed due to the public health crisis. Welcome Centre staff are ready to help future students by phone (403-410-1402) or email (info@bowvalleycollege.ca) Monday through Friday. 

Step 1 - Select the right upgrading program

We offer programs from basic literacy through high school upgrading and pathways that help you enter specific programs at Bow Valley College or the Alberta University of the Arts. View the full list at bowvalleycollege.ca/programs-courses/academic-upgrading.

Step 2 - Apply for Upgrading

Term Status and how to apply
 Winter 2021 (January 2021)

 New applications for Winter 2021 will open on September 11 at 8:00 a.m.

Some upgrading courses, such as Anytime Online, are not eligible for Alberta Works financial assistance. If you are interested in applying for Alberta Works, please contact the Welcome Centre for more information.

  • If you attended high school in Canada within the past 5 years, please bring a copy of your transcripts to the Office of the Registrar when you submit your application for admission.
  • If you haven't completed any grade 10 to 12 courses in Canada in the last 5 years you will need to take the Bow Valley College placement test.

See the Admissions and Placement Testing page for the test schedule and additional testing information.

A Government-issued photo identification is required to write the admissions and placement test. 

Step 3 - After you apply

After you apply, Bow Valley College will send you an email within 2 to 3 business days. This email will tell you if you are accepted into your program and what you need to do next. 

After you are accepted, you will be sent information by email about how to register in courses.

Alberta Works financial assistance is limited. Visit the Alberta Works page to find out how to apply for financial aid.

  • There is a separate deadline for Alberta Works funding
  • Only accepted learners may apply for funding
  • Apply to Bow Valley College as early as possible if you want to apply for Alberta Works funding
  • Bow Valley College does not guarantee or manage the funding process.

Some upgrading programs, such as Anytime Online, are not eligible for Alberta Works financial aid. Contact the Welcome Centre for guidance on which programs may qualify for financial aid.

If you require academic accommodations, contact Learner Success Services four months prior to the start of scheduled classes to set-up your academic accommodation plan.

We will make reasonable effort to provide suitable accommodation, however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that your start date may be deferred to provide the accommodation. While the college attempts to facilitate all accommodation requests, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters.

Get help

Contact the Welcome Centre for assistance. We can be reached at info@bowvalleycollege.ca or 403-410-1402 during regular business hours.

  • Indigenous students can call 403-476-2256 to speak with the Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist.

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