Adult Upgrading Program

At VVS, we provide students with a complete distance learning experience offering a wide variety of courses to choose from. Registering with us gives students the flexibility they need to complete their Alberta high school diploma, improve high school marks, learn a new skill or fulfill post-secondary requirements. We are an Alberta Education-accredited, distance education school; all high school courses taken with us will appear in students’ myPass accounts and on their Alberta transcript.

For general information about academic upgrading, graduation requirements and high school diplomas, visit the Academic upgrading if you are 20 or older Alberta Government webpage.


  • Our adult upgrading courses are offered through continuous (year-round) registration.
  • To be considered an adult learner, students must be 20 years of age, or older, as of September 1 of the current school year.

Course Information

  • Course Completion Timelines: Adult students have up to six months to complete core courses or 3- or 5-credit elective courses, and up to three months to complete 1-credit CTS courses.
    • Course Extensions: Adult students can apply for a course extension, for a fee, with teacher approval and upon presentation of a reasonable completion plan.
      • Extensions are for three months (a maximum four extensions per course) and are permitted up to one year from the original course expiry date.
      • Adult students must apply for extensions within six months of the course expiry or withdrawal date.
  • Course Format: Courses are accessed online with students working through content, assignments and quizzes on your own schedule.
  • Teacher Support: Teachers are available by phone or email during regular school hours to answer specific questions and may have additional resources to help students.
  • Enrollment is guaranteed for eligible students.
  • Course Withdrawals: To request to be withdrawn from a course, Adult students must submit a Course Withdrawal Request Form.


  • Adult tuition fees are based on $135 per credit. Starting September 1, 2022, tuition fees will be $140 per credit.
  • Material fees are not included in tuition. Students can purchase textbooks and other materials from VVS (textbooks may be in new or used condition) or any other available source. Course materials/textbooks purchased through VVS are not refundable. Refer to our Course Catalogue for a list of materials and pricing.
    • Shipping: Students residing in the Calgary region are required to pick up their materials from the VVS Calgary campus or pay for shipping. Students residing elsewhere in Alberta will have materials mailed to their address at no cost. Those who require materials be sent outside of Alberta are responsible for shipping fees. See our Shipping Policy for more details.
  • For refund information, see our Refund Policy.

Fees for Adult Students

*tuition fees are based on $135 per credit
Note: Tuition fees will be $140 per credit, effective September 1, 2022.
Current CostStarting September 1, 2022
Tuition for a 5-credit course$675.00$700.00
Tuition for a 3-credit course$405.00$420.00
Tuition for a 1-credit course$135.00$140.00
Three Month Course Extension $100.00 $100.00
Transcript Evaluation $100.00$100.00
High School Equivalency Application$100.00$100.00

*VVS does not issue Tax Receipts (T2202) – they are only issued by post-secondary institutions. VVS high school upgrading courses are not usually tax deductible. A statement of VVS expenses at VVS can be accessed in the SIS Student Ledger.


Need help?

If you require assistance with course selection to achieve your high school diploma, please email
For registration or other general inquiries, please call 1-855-974-5333 x5317 or email