CCP and ESL Tuition Waived

On August 8, 2017, Premier John Horgan announced the Province is eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs for domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents).  Watch this web page for details about what this means at Northern Lights College.

It's not free, but almost!

At NLC, tuition elimination means that courses in the Career and College Preparation program (CCP) including Adult Learning Centres (ALCs) and study blocks, and courses in the English as a Second Language program (EASL) will have tuition fees reversed, significantly reducing the cost to students.

Estimated costs for a full-time student in these areas of study are available in the NLC Tuition Guide:

While tuition has been waived, instruction related fees and student fees (NLCSA, Library, Facilities, and Technology) are still applicable. 

For details about course planning and registration, please contact an Admissions Officer at

Adult Upgrading Grant

An Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) is available for students who need financial help.  The AUG is a grant (no repayment required) and can cover student fees, instruction related fees, books, unsubsidized childcare, and transportation.

To apply for an Adult Upgrading Grant, please contact the NLC Financial Aid office at

Students that are not eligible for an AUG grant, may apply for the NLC Career and College Preparation Bursary Fund. Details are available on the Student Awards/Grants site.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I registered and paid for Fall before the Premier made the announcement. Will I get my money back?  
    a. Yes. NLC will refund any tuition paid prior to the announcement for fall CCP/EASL courses.
  2. I've been approved for an Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) already. Will I lose my funding?
    a. You will not lose your funding, but you will not be funded for tuition as there is none to pay for. Approved students will be notified of the adjustment.
  3. Because it is free, do I still have to register?
    a. Students must always be registered prior to attending. Also, CCP/EASL courses are not free, there is still a nominal cost for student fees and instruction related fees (approximately $155 for five months full-time).
  4. Is there a limit on how much AUG funding I can get?
    a. There is a life-time maximum of 156 weeks of study and you must successfully complete each course attempted to renew your funding. There is no limit on the amount of money you can get.
  5. I am an International student (I am not a permanent resident of Canada). Can I get the tuition waived and apply for AUG?
    a. No. Unfortunately, these benefits are for domestic students who are residents of British Columbia.
  6. How much do I have to pay when I register?
    a. NLC is making every effort to enable students that need CCP or ESL to come to college. You will pay an application fee ($25) when you send your application. If you need financial assistance, please apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant at the same time. If you qualify, you will not be required to pay any more. If you do not apply or are not eligible, you will be required to pay student fees plus instruction related fees, at the time of registration.