FAQs – Registration

These questions are focused on student registration requirements and payment information.

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

When can I register?

VVS accepts Grades 1 – 12 registrations for the next school year starting May 1 until the third week of September.

Adult Upgrading courses are offered through continuous (year-round) registration.

Can I register if I am taking courses at another school?

Due to funding changes set by the Alberta Government, students who attend another Alberta school will not be eligible to register independently with VVS – the exception is summer school courses. Requests for registrations for the 2020/21 school year will need to come from your school/school division and an Education Services Agreement between Pembina Hills School Division and your school division will need to be in place.

Registration for high school summer courses will be open to all Alberta students starting March 1.

Why do I need to provide a copy of my citizenship? What forms of documentation will Vista Virtual School accept?

In order to enroll with Vista Virtual School, students must be a Canadian citizen, lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence, a child of a Canadian citizen, or a child of an individual who is lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence.

As one of the Province of Alberta registered schools, we are also required to follow all regulations concerning maintaining student records. One of the requirements is to obtain documentation of citizenship for student records.

All students are required to submit one of the following:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate;
  • Canadian Passport or Nexus Card (issued in Canada);
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate/Card;
  • Certificate of Indian Status Card
  • Permanent Resident Card (both sides)/Paper;
  • Record of Landing/Landed Immigrant paper or Refugee Protection Claimant Document (RPCD);
  • For students under age 18: certification indicating that you are the child of a Canadian Citizen (including a copy of your parent’s documentation); or
  • For students under age 18: certification indicating that you are the child of an individual lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residency (including a copy of your parent’s documentation).

If you are unable to upload your citizenship documentation to your registration application, please email it to vvsupport@pembinahills.ca or bring it to a Vista Virtual School campus.

When do I pay for my course/materials?

Once a registration is processed, the student will be emailed instructions for making a payment for any applicable fees owing. Full payment is then due within 48 hours and can be paid by credit card online through SIS, or by cash or debit in person at any Vista Virtual School Campus.

Materials are shipped to your address once full payment is received. Vista Virtual School does not supply required textbooks online, and they are not available at the Calgary or Edmonton campuses to pick up.

If you are an adult student who requires financial assistance, you may wish to look into the Skills Investment Bursary.

How can a third party make payment on my behalf?

If a third party (WCB, Band, etc.) is paying for your course, please register online and answer Yes to Will a third party be paying for this registration? and, if possible, include your Third Party contact information.

Vista Virtual School will send an authorization of payment letter for you to forward to your third party contact. Once the third party authorization and funding is received, we will enroll you in your course(s).

Does VVS issue tax receipts?

Tax Receipts (T2202) can only be issued by post-secondary institutions (university, college, etc.) for post-secondary courses. As Vista Virtual School offers high school (upgrading) courses, these are not tax deductible.

Funding received through the Skills Investment Bursary is considered taxable income. A T4A will be issued by the Learner Income Support Office for all learners receiving in excess of $500 during the previous tax year.

If you require a receipt for your own records, you can log into SIS, click Make a Payment on the left side of the page, and select Print Receipt.