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.

Derek Beeston
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools – Dual Credit Principal
Dufferin Learning Center
1111 Dufferin Crescent
Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2B5

Tanya Lanigan
Dual Credit Coordinator
Office of the Provost
Building 300, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5
(250) 618 3820

What fees do I need to pay?

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools will cover the tuition.  Students must pay the registration fee, student fees, and books.

The fees you are responsible for are explained in your VIU Acceptance Letter. This is your best source of information The Student Fees part of your VIU student account can be confusing as it includes both SD68 and student fee responsibility and does not break them out as a Dual Credit Student.

What course credits do I receive?

You will receive “dual credit” meaning for each course you take at VIU you will earn 3 university credits (most are transferable to other post-secondary schools, check the credit transfer guide in the essential documents section of this page). You will also receive 4 grade twelve elective credits on your high school transcript for each post-secondary course you complete.

How will a Dual Credit Enrichment course appear on my transcript?

Dual credit courses will have a course code of PL 12A, PL 12B, etc.; 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.  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 a record of your grade.

I attend a high school in Nanaimo, will my Dual Credit Enrichment course affect my local scholarship GPA?

Generally no, there is a scholarship committee at each Nanaimo High 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. These would be courses in grade 12 other than your Dual Credit Enrichment courses.  Please consult 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:

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.