Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

The BC Adult Basic Education Program is to help adults:

  • improve basic English and math skills for personal benefit or to prepare for a job
  • meet university program prerequisites, or
  • complete high school and earn the provincially recognized Adult Graduation Diploma (Dogwood Diploma)

This program is for people who:

  • are at least 19 years of age, or
  • have a high school graduation diploma, or
  • are 17 or 18 years of age and out of public school for at least one year

UFV's Adult Basic Education (ABE) program has two levels:

1. Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education can help you complete high school and earn your Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood). Courses can also be used to meet university program prerequisites.

2. Adult Basic Education University Preparation (ABEUP)

Adult Basic Education University Preparation is designed to help you get ready for university studies and meet entrance requirements for your chosen program. As an ABEUP student, you can enroll in up to 3 first-year university courses while taking upgrading classes.


Students applying to an ABE program may need to take an assessment to measure reading, writing, and math skills. Completing the assessment helps place students at a course level that's comfortable and meets their skill level. A UUP instructional assistant can review your high school transcript and let you know if you need to take an assessment.

Courses are offered at the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Hope campuses and meet the BC Ministry of Education guidelines.

Funding is available for those who qualify for the Adult-Upgrading-Grant-Application through UFV Financial Aid and Awards.

Upgrading courses are tuition-free at UFV

If you are a domestic student, Adult Basic Education and English Language Studies courses are tuition-free. And you may qualify for a grant to cover other costs.

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