Adult Basic Education

Step on the path to better opportunities and more options by upgrading your education today. Upgrading could be right for you if you want to meet TRU program requirements or get your high school diploma.

Tuition is free for these courses

You may still have to pay for things like books, a bus pass or other university fees. Low-income students can apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant to cover these expenses. If you don't qualify, contact us for other options. Free tuition for online courses is restricted to BC residents.

What students say

Dixon Bertrand

Dixon Bertrand

Home town: Penticton | Goal: Bachelor of Science

Thanks to a minimum wage job, I realized it would be difficult to pay for the things I wanted out of life. Adult Basic Education helped me improve my high school marks so I could go after a career with a good financial outlook.

The fear of a course can hold you back, but you don't know until you try. When I got my first test back—a 99 in math—I realized, 'I can do this' because that mark blew away any math score I got in Grade 12.


Rebecca Fabian

Rebecca Fabian

Home town: Fort McKay First Nations, Alberta | Goal: Bachelor of Social Work

It had been 27 years since I graduated from high school. My instructors here were easy to talk to and available with office hours. They took the time to explain things step by step, so I could understand exactly what they wanted from me and so I could do the work correctly.


Kenneth Joseph

Kenneth Joseph

Home town: Fort St. James | Goal: Bachelor of Social Work

Even a good-paying job wasn’t enough because I wasn’t doing the work I was meant to do. Adult Basic Education helped me improve my marks so I can pursue the work I am meant to do.

I have a passion and a personal interest to help people with addictions. After researching different ways to do this, I came to the conclusion that I would be best suited as an addictions counsellor, and decided that TRU would be a good place to pursue that.


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