Step-by-Step Admission Procedure
- First, select your program of study and ensure you meet its admission requirements. For specific admission requirements, refer to your program of study.
- Second, take the College Admissions Test.
- Third, take the acceptable external English language proficiency skills test for international students such as IELTS or TOEFL, unless you are from one of the English language exempt countries.
- Fourth, complete the PDF Application for Admission form, attaching copies of all supporting documents (e.g. your secondary school and/or post-secondary school diplomas, transcripts and testimonials).
- Fifth, submit your completed on-line application for admission with all supporting documents, together with the non-refundable registration fee of $250.00 (for domestic students) or $1,000.00 (for international students).
- If applying by post, print and complete the application form, mail it with photostatic copies of all supporting documents (the originals will be required before formal registration) together with the appropriate registration fee in Bank Draft, Money Order or Certified Cheque.
- If applying in-person, bring all required documentation to the Admissions Office.
- Following receipt of all documents, your application will be processed within fourteen (14) days, and notification will be e-mailed to you, advising of your application status.
- Following a favourable notification of your application status, you will be required to complete the enrollment and agreement contract, which will be sent to you under separate cover.
- If you are an international student, or a self-funded domestic student, you will receive a provisional admission advice; you will be required to pay the commitment fee outlined in the advice. On payment of the fee, a formal and full acceptance letter will be issued to you. International students will need the letter of acceptance to apply for the study permit/student visa.
- If you are a domestic student funded through a funding scheme of the government or through scholarship, you will receive a formal and full acceptance letter.
- After this, further and final admission information will be forwarded to you, including instructions on registration.
Please note: Unless your fee is paid through or by a funding-program administered by any level of the government in Canada or its agency, if we do not receive your commitment fee by the deadline specified in the provisional admission advice, you will lose the seat and your application will be withdrawn.
- Admission is on a first-applied-first-considered basis.
- Because seats are limited in almost all programs, due to our practice of small-class sizes for efficient instructors-students interactions, you are advised to apply in time.
There are two entry routes namely: a) accelerated, and b) regular.
a) Accelerated Entry Route: The accelerated entry route, for this purpose, embraces a model of learning that reduces a program’s completion in real time to a shorter duration without extended break sessions, and observes only the statutory holidays, including scheduled institutional training days. For the Advanced Paralegal Diploma, the duration is 50 weeks of actual contact/learning period, plus co-op component. This route is more conducive to either a continuous intake model or a quarterly intake cycle, although this new program application adopts the latter. It is favoured by domestic students because of its short duration over time in completing the program requirements and seeking employment. It is also an option for students who want to take all of the prescribed courses of the program without the benefit of regularly extended institutional breaks such as summer, winter holidays, March/Spring breaks, etc. Students in this entry route progress as a cohort.
b) Regular Entry Route: The regular entry route is the opposite of the accelerated model, and features an extended program duration in real time for the advanced paralegal diploma program spanning 120 weeks, including extended institutional breaks (but 50 weeks in actual contact/learning period), plus the co-op component. It is semesterized, in a manner of speaking. The regular entry route is conducive to a semester/cohort entry model, and allows for much longer intermittent break periods and study cooling-off phases for students. It is most favoured by international students. To these students in particular, and within the context of the entry route generally, there is the inter-play of a seamless assimilation of learning in an unfamiliar learning environment and course materials. The opportunity of an extended break presented by the path is often used to visit family members at home for a moment of elation, resting-up and return to class for a fresh start. Here too, students progress as a cohort.
Entry Routes Common Features
Regardless of an applicant’s entry route, there are two important common features to the two entry routes. They are:
a) Students’ progress as a cohort.
b) Each involves 50 weeks of contact/learning period (excluding co-op)
Admission to the mainstream program requires the demonstration of English language proficiency and good academic qualifications. Because English is the language of instruction at Metropolitan Community College, and also the common language for business in British Columbia, applicants for admission are required to be proficient in English language, and
a) secondary school completion (Grade 12 or equivalent qualification), or
b) mature student status (19 years of age or over), or
c) previously recognized post-secondary school education (degree or diploma),
d) good command of the English language (both orally and in writing), and college admission test.
Student Status on Admission
Applicants may be admitted into the mainstream programs of study on a full- or part-time basis. Whether attending full- or part-time, students in the mainstream program must be able to demonstrate skills to progress in the program. A full-time student is a person who is enrolled full-time in a named qualification, and attends classes for a minimum of 20 hours per week. On the other hand, a part-time student studies for a specific qualification, but attends classes for less than 20 hours a week. The College also admits non-status candidates. A non-status student does not apply earned credits to satisfy the requirements of a particular credential. The College reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants whose preparatory background to study and progress in a program of study it judges inadequate. Applicants may be also denied admission if there are reasons to believe that they present a danger to themselves, other students, faculty or staff.
NOTE: All applicants should be aware that admission requirements vary between departments, and particularly between mainstream programs. You may refer to your program of choice in the program menu, for its specific entry requirements.
Our tuition fees vary between programs of study, and are reasonably competitive and affordable. In all, our fees will not hinder your quest for education as we have flexible fee payment plans to suite your needs. Our fees are considered the lowest among similarly categorized institutions in British Columbia and, by extension, across Canada. An example of our low fees can be seen from the fee comparison table. Please contact the Admissions Office for more specific details.
Tuition Fee Refund Policy
The following policies follow the guidelines set out by the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Advanced Ministry of Education, British Columbia in its General Directives.
General Note on Refund Policy
The refund policy below follows the guidelines set out in the PTIB’s Bylaws. Please note that the registration fee of $250.00 (domestic student) / $1,000.00 (international student) is non-refundable. It is also non-transferable. However, it may be credited to the tuition fee when a student registers in his or her program of study. The College imposes a one-time admissions testing and assessment fee of $40.00, and this too is non-refundable. Some programs of study involve clinical/practicum placements, and students are responsible for the clinical/practicum fees and related expenses.
1) A student may be entitled to a refund of tuition fees in the event that:
(a) The student provides written notice to the institution that he or she is withdrawing from the program; or
(b) The institution provides written notice to the student advising that the student has been dismissed from the program.
2) The written notice of withdrawal or dismissal may be delivered in any manner provided that a receipt or other verification is available that indicates the date on which the notice is delivered.
3) The notice of withdrawal or dismissal is deemed to be effective from the date it is delivered.
4) The refund to which a student is entitled is calculated on the total tuition fees due under the contract. Where total tuition fees have not yet been collected, the institution is not responsible for refunding more than has been collected to date and a student may be required to make up for monies due under the contract.
5) If the institution has received fees in excess of the amount it is entitled to under the student contract, the excess amount must be refunded.
6) Refund policy for students:
(a) Refunds before the program of study begins:
i) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution within 7 days after the contract is made, and before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, the institution may retain 5% of the total tuition and fees due under the contract to a maximum of $250.
ii) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution 30 days or more before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract and more than 7 days after the contract was made, the institution may retain 10% of total tuition only due under the contract to a maximum of $1000.
iii) Subject to Section 6(a)(1) above, if written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution less than 30 days before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, and more than 7 days after the contract was made, the institution may retain 20% of the total tuition only, due under the contract to a maximum of $1300.
7) Refunds after the program of study starts:
(a) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution or a student is dismissed before 10% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, the institution may retain 30% of the tuition due under the contract.
(b) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution, or a student is dismissed after 10% and before 30% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, the institution may retain 50% of the tuition due under the contract.
(c) If a student withdraws or is dismissed after 30% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, no refund is required.
8) Where a student did not meet the institutional and/or program specific minimum requirements for admission through no misrepresentation or fault of their own, the institution must refund all tuition and fees paid under the contract, less the applicable non-refundable student application or registration fee.
9) Where a student withdraws or is dismissed from their program, they are entitled to 100% refund of any as-yet to be received consumables that have been pre-paid.
10) Where a student withdraws or is dismissed from their program after receiving technical equipment from the institution free of charge:
(a) The student must return the equipment unopened or as issued within 14 calendar days; and
(b) If the student fails to return the equipment as set out above, the institution may deduct the reasonable cost of the equipment from any amount to be refunded to the student.
11) Refunds owed to students must be paid within 30 days of the institution receiving written notification of withdrawal and all required supporting documentation, or within 30 days of an institution’s written notice of dismissal.
12) Where the delivery of the program of study is through home study or distance education, refunds must be based on the percent of the program of study completed at the rates as set out in Section 7 above.