Support for Current Students

Columbia College recognizes that students are being significantly affected by the impacts of COVID-19. We continue to take action to help our students. 

Full-time students who pay their tuition-in-full before they register, including Guard.me insurance (for students without MSP), will qualify for a $200  non-refundable tuition credit to be applied to their 2021 Winter semester tuition fees. 

Advance Payment Incentive (API) Criteria:

  • In order to qualify for this API students must be registered in 
    1. a minimum of 9 University Transfer (UT) credits, with the exception of students in their graduating semester who have less than 9 credits remaining to complete their Associate Degree, 
    2. a minimum of 3 Secondary (Sec) courses (or an equivalent combination of UT/Sec), 
    3. a minimum of 3 ELC courses for a 12-week period (or an equivalent combination of ELC/UT, ELC/Sec) 
  • A $200 non-refundable tuition credit will be automatically applied to student’s college accounts if the student has paid-in-full prior to registering for courses.  Please note that the credit will take up to four weeks after the semester start date to be applied to the student’s account. Students in their last semester who complete their Associate Degree requirements in the Fall semester can apply for a refund of the API credits.
  • Students in their last semester who qualify for the API may request a refund of this credit once their Associate Degree requirements are completed. 
  • This incentive is in place for the 2020 Fall semester only. 

Please contact Accounting at: [email protected] if you require further clarification.

All students registered in the Summer semester are expected to have a laptop compatible with online instructional delivery. To support you in acquiring a laptop, up to a $600 credit will be applied to your College account for the Summer 2020 semester if you meet all the conditions listed below. The purchase must be made between April 1, 2020 and May 25, 2020 and must be purchased using Canadian currency from a company that sells in Canada (such as: Amazon.ca, Best Buy, London Drugs, Staples, The Source, etc.).

To receive your laptop credit in the Summer semester, you must first fill out the Laptop Assistance Program application form.

This form should be submitted electronically prior to paying and registering for courses, along with a copy of the receipt, proof of payment, proof of laptop specifications meeting College requirements, and a photo of the laptop serial number.

If you pay for your tuition in full prior to registering for courses, you will receive your laptop credit shortly after May 25, 2020 the last day to register in courses, and may obtain a refund for the value of your laptop purchase after the credit is processed (less any fees owing). If you are paying for your tuition using the TIP (Tuition Instalment program), the credit will be applied to your 2nd instalment.

Once you submit the required documentation, you will receive a confirmation email to verify your submission and the forthcoming credit to your account. You will not be allowed to apply the tuition credit to the Summer semester if the required documentation is not received prior to paying and registering for your Summer semester, if you do not meet the stated eligibility criteria, or if the laptop does not meet College specifications.

Submission of the LAP form means that you agree with the terms and conditions of the program detailed below and included in the LAP registration form.

Note that if you are completing your Associate Degree in the Summer semester and have a remaining credit balance relating to the LAP program, you may apply for a cash refund of this credit (less any fees owing) once your degree requirements are met.

Laptop Assistance Program (LAP) Criteria:

  • The student applying to this program must be registered in 

-a minimum of 9 University Transfer (UT) credits, with the exception of students in their graduating semester who have less than 9 credits remaining to complete their Associate Degree,

-a minimum of 3 Secondary (Sec) courses (or an equivalent combination of UT/Sec),

-a minimum of 3 ELC courses for a 12-week period (or an equivalent combination of ELC/UT, ELC/Sec)

-a minimum of WD 098/ENGL 098 and 1 UT course, or ENGL 099 and 2 UT courses

  • You must have no outstanding funds owing to the College although students who have made a minimum payment of Instalment A and are enrolled in the Tuition Instalment Plan (TIP), are eligible.

Up to a $600 credit will be applied to a student College account given proof of purchase of a laptop meeting the specifications below:

Laptop Specifications (minimum to be met to be reimbursed):

      • Operating System: Windows 10 or above (Not recommended: Windows 10S)* 
      • Recommended Processor (CPU): Intel i5 or higher, or AMD Ryzen 5 Processor or higher
      • Minimum Memory: 8GB Memory
      • Minimum Storage: 500GB internal mechanical hard drive or at least 256GB internal Solid-state drive
      • Webcam and a microphone built in

NOTE: *Chromebook, Android tablets, Apple computers and iPads, and non-Windows tablets are not eligible for credit under the “Laptop Assistance Program”

Please contact the Technology Helpdesk at: [email protected] if you require further clarification.

Full-time students may pay their Summer tuition fees in three instalments. Students without MSP (B.C. Medical Services Plan) coverage, will need to pay for Guard.me medical insurance in addition to the first tuition instalment. Students must agree to pay their entire semester tuition fees by November 16, 2020.   

It is important for you to read the criteria and detail of the TIP program below. 

To be part of this program, you must fill out the TIP application form and pay your first instalment before registering in courses. Please complete the application form at: 

Tuition Instalment Plan Application Form

Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. You will not be allowed to pay by instalment if this form is not submitted prior to registration. 

Submission of the TIP form means that you agree with the terms and conditions of the program detailed below. 

For payment methods, please visit: Paying School Fees

Tuition Instalment Plan (TIP) Criteria: 

  • The student applying to this program must be registered in  
    1. a minimum of 9 University Transfer (UT) credits, with the exception of students in their graduating semester who have less than 9 credits remaining to complete their Associate Degree, 
    2. a minimum of 3 Secondary (Sec) courses (or an equivalent combination of UT/Sec), 
    3. a minimum of 3 ELC courses for a 12-week period (or an equivalent combination of ELC/UT, ELC/Sec) 
  • The student accepted into this program, has a contractual agreement with Columbia College and agrees to pay their full 2020 Summer semester fee by November 16, 2020. 
  • Students registering in the TIP program are not eligible for the Advance Payment Incentive (API) program. 
  • If full payment is not received by November 16, 2020, students will be withdrawn from their course(s) and the amount owing to the College will not be cancelled.  
  • The current refund policy holds. This means that the full semester tuition fee is due even if a student withdraws from a course (see refund policy in the 2019-20 College calendar)
  • All fees paid are non-transferrable. 
  • This plan is in effect for the Fall 2020 semester only. 
  • Students who default on the payment plan may not be permitted to complete their course(s), or register in the subsequent Winter 2021 semester. 

Instalment Due Dates:  

For Fall 2020, there are three payment items to consider: 

  1. Total Semester Tuition ($535 per credit x number of credits you plan to enroll in for Fall 2020)  
  2. Guard.me Medical Insurance Premium ($190) unless you have MSP* to be paid in full with Instalment A.  
  3. Other Tuition Fees (e.g. $50 Laboratory Fee for Computer Science courses, $535 Dual Credit Registration) to be paid in full with Instalment A.  

INSTALMENT A = One third of Total Tuition (1.) + Guard.me Medical Insurance ($190 if no MSP) (2.) + Other Tuition Fees (3.). Instalment A must be paid before your registration.   

For continuing students, early registration begins on August 17th.  Students who have applied for the TIP will be able to register in a full-time course load (9-14 credits) once Instalment A is paid-in-full.  

Instalment A will be accepted until 5:00pm, Monday, September 14, 2020 (the last day to register).  

INSTALMENT B = Second third of Total Tuition (1.): Instalment B must be paid in full by 5:00pm, Tuesday, October 13, 2020.  

INSTALMENT C = Remaining third of Total Tuition (1.):  Instalment C must be paid in full by 5:00pm, Monday, November 16, 2020 [last day to withdraw from course(s)]. 

*If you have MSP coverage, you must show us before your registration date so that we do not charge you for this. To show us, e-mail a photo of the front and back of your card to [email protected].  

Please contact Accounting at: [email protected] if you require further clarification.