Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I contact if I have a question?
There is a School District and VIU Coordinator. The School District coordinator handles district concerns such as submitting your application forms, collecting your activation assignment, communicating with your high school, and submitting your dual credit grade(s). The VIU Coordinator will work with you if there are issues on campus such as adding/dropping a VIU course. It is best to send a message to both coordinators if you have a question.
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools Dual Credit Coordinator
Rm 130, John Barsby Community School
550- Seventh St., Nanaimo, BC, V9R 3Z2
Educational Counsellor Coordinator
Advising Centre, VIU
900 Fifth St., Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5S5
What fees do I need to pay?
Nanaimo Ladysith Public Schools will cover the tuition. Students must pay the registration fee, students fees, and books.
What is the Activation Assignment?
In order to receive credit an activation fee must be submitted. Students that drop the course after the drop off date are still required to submit an assignment.
How will a Dual Credit Enrichment course appear on my transcript?
Dual credit courses will have a course code of PSI 12A, PSI 12B etc. (PSI – post secondary institution); there is no description of the course, i.e. Psychology XXX. In order to know the name of the course the school would also need a VIU transcript which is not required for this calculation. When you apply to post secondary institutions you will want to include both your high school transcript and VIU transcript. If you apply to VIU then this is not necessary because there will be at record of your grade.
I attend a high school in Nanaimo, will my Dual Credit Enrichment course affect my local scholarship GPA (2015-16)?
Maybe. There is a scholarship committee at each Nanaimo school. They use the following list of courses to calculate GPA:
- Language Arts 11
- Social Studies 11/FNS 12
- Math 11
- Science 11
- Language Arts 12
- Grade 12 Course
- Grade 12 course
Generally, the 2 highest grade 12 courses are used for this calculation. If the Dual Credit Enrichment course is one of your top two grades then it will be imcluded. Please consult this your school scholarship committee for more details.
How do I apply for local scholarships?
Local scholarships are made available through the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, a registered, community-based charity that helps vulnerable students and solicits scholarships/bursaries to assist Grade 12 graduates with the high cost of post-secondary education. Deadlines for scholarships are usually announced in January and the deadline for submission is in February. See this website for more details: http://www.nlsf.ca
I attend Ladysmith Secomdary School, will my Dual Credit Enrichment course affect my local scholarship GPS (2015-16)?
Yes, Ladysmith Secomdary School calculates the local scholarship GPA using ALL grades 10-12 courses. Please consult with the scholarship committee at Ladysmith Secondary School for more details. All applicants must be in a position to graduate based on marks submitted for the spring report cards. All learn@home students must have completed 60% of all courses by the spring reporting period. This also includes all Distance Learning courses.
What are Post-Secondary Institution Entrance Scholarships
There is a wide range of entrance scholarships and bursaries for students beginning first year. These scholarships are listed in the institutional calendar and/or special financial aid booklet for each institution.
Post-Secondary Institution Programs – VIU Entrance Scholarships
Here is the link to VIU Scholarships and Awards “Entrance”:
You will find additional scholarship and awards information here:
Will my Dual Credit Enrichment course grade affect my VIU Program Entrance Requirements?
Contact the VIU Advising Centre at 1–888–920–2221 local 6410.
Will my Dual Credit Enrichment grade affect my Post Secondary Institution – Program Entrance Requirements?
Maybe. If you have concerns about how this grade will affect your entrance requirements for your program at other post secondary institutions then please contact the Advising Centre at that PSI.