FAQs – Adult Students

These questions are specific to adult students.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, you can find additional FAQs on these pages:

Does Vista Virtual School offer adult upgrading and high school completion?

Adults aged 20 years or older are able to take courses through VVS. See the adult upgrading section for more information on eligibility and course admission and registration procedures.

Am I an adult student? What happens when I turn 20?

Alberta Education funds full-time and part-time students until they turn 20 and become an adult student. If you are currently taking VVS courses and turn 20 during the school year, you have until August 15* to complete the courses in question.

If you do not complete the course(s) by the assigned deadline, you will be automatically withdrawn from them and have to re-register as an adult student, and then pay the tuition and books/material fees required of an adult student.

*Note: this does not apply to courses provided by Alberta Distance Learning Centre on VVS’ behalf, as those courses must be completed by June 15. Students registered for VVS summer courses will have until August 31 to complete them.

What can I expect from my instruction in a Vista Virtual School course?

VVS courses are accessed online, with students working through content and assignments on their own schedule. Teachers are available by phone or email during regular school hours to answer specific questions.

Teachers are happy to answer your questions, and may have additional videos or other resources to help you understand the course content, but do not provide individual instruction or tutorials for students.

How can I achieve a high school diploma?

Learn about the many ways to finish high school through Alberta’s graduation requirements, credentials, and credits page.

If you studied outside of Canada, you may also wish to look into International Qualifications Assessment (IQAS).

If you require assistance to figure out which courses you need to achieve your high school diploma, please reach out to our adult academic counsellors at vvsadults@pembinahills.ca.

It is helpful if you can include your high school transcripts and/or your Alberta Student Number if you have one.

Can I still register if I did my schooling outside of Alberta?

Yes, you can register to upgrade with Vista Virtual School as long as you are now a resident of Alberta. In your registration application, please upload a copy of your high school transcript and/or applicable post-secondary marks for review by our academic counsellors.

It is also helpful for you to create an Alberta Student Number and include it in your registration. Any course you complete with Vista Virtual School will be reported on your Alberta high school transcript.

How long do I have to complete my course?

If you paid for your course yourself or it is funded through a third party, you have up to six months to complete core courses or 3- or 5-credit elective courses, and three months to complete 1-credit career and technology studies (CTS) courses.

Extensions may be granted with teacher approval, upon presentation of a reasonable completion plan. There is an additional cost for course extensions.

If your course is funded through the Skills Investment Bursary (SIB), you have 24 weeks to complete your course and must finish by your Session End Date.

Where do I get my textbooks/materials from?

As an adult student, Vista Virtual School provides you the option to purchase textbooks and materials directly through us.

If you choose this option, the cost of textbooks may be less than other sources because the cost is averaged out between used and new textbooks; but as such, you may receive a used textbook in reusable condition. You can choose to purchase textbooks and other materials from any available source.

Please note: there are no refunds for any adult textbook or materials purchased through Vista Virtual School. See our refund policy for more information.

Is there financial assistance available?

Find out if you qualify for funding through the Alberta Works Skills Investment Bursary.