About the Program
The Academic Upgrading program offers flexible options for students to gain the entrance requirements for a post-secondary program. Courses are offered over 3 semesters and students can take from 1-3 courses per semester. The fall and winter semesters are 15 weeks in length and offer day, evening and distance options. The spring semester is 12 weeks in length with limited course offerings during the day.
Please NOTE: Although the Academic Upgrading courses are listed as 5 credits/course, tuition fees are charged on a 3 credit fee model.
Before completing an online application to the Academic Upgrading program, please be sure to check our Courses page to ensure there is space available in the specific course(s) you require. Seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students who are unsure of their academic levels or cannot provide high school transcripts have the option to complete the Academic Upgrading Placement Tests. A GED will not be accepted for entrance requirement or prerequisites.
On acceptance to the program, students will be contacted by the program with instructions about how to enrol in courses. If necessary, students can book an appointment to design the best course of study for their needs.
Equivalency tests for selected subjects are available if you are missing or need to improve your mark(s). Equivalency test results may be used for admissions for all NAIT programs.
Academic Upgrading Student Advisor Availability;
Monday - Thursday:
9:00 - 11:00AM: Appointment Bookings by email
11:30am - 12:15pm: Walk-ins
1:30 - 4:00pm: Walk-ins
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223.00
Tuition Cap: $1,883.00
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $Contact Program Area
The Recreation & Athletics fee and UPAS fee are not applicable for the Spring session (May - July).
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- English 10-1 or 10-2 or Academic Upgrading placement test.
Note: Any student with Applied Math 10 or 20 must begin at Math 10C, unless the student takes a placement test that indicates a higher level placement. Students with Applied Math 30 must begin at Math 20T. Math 14 and 24 and Science 14 and 24 are not considered to be academic level courses and cannot be used as prerequisites for any grade 11 or 12 math or science courses.
For applicants who hold/are applying for a temporary foreign visa and have applied to the Academic Upgrading program at NAIT, please complete the Academic Upgrading Choice Form.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.