Step 1: Apply online.
Apply early! Many schools begin accepting applications as early as September. Camosun College fills several programs on a first qualified, first admitted basis.
Visit websites of the post-secondary schools of interest to confirm the application process and deadlines. Deadlines can be as early as December. See your School Counsellor for assistance.
- BC Post-Secondary Schools: Several BC post-secondary schools, including UVIC and Camosun, offer online application through the Education Planner BC website.
- Alberta Post-Secondary Schools: Several Alberta post-secondary schools offer online application through the ApplyAlberta website.
- Ontario Post-Secondary Schools: Application for Ontario post-secondary programs may be completed online at the Ontario Universities Application Centre website.
- U.S.A.: Application for many universities in the United States may be completed online at the Common Application website.
Check your email regularly after you have applied. Some post-secondary schools will have you sign up for an college/university applicant account that includes an email. Be sure to check that account and email often as well for messages regarding your admission status and lists of things you need to do.
Step 2: Arrange to have your marks forwarded to the post-secondary school(s).
Student Transcripts Service (STS) is an online app for students to view their school marks, provincial scholarships, transcripts, and send transcripts electronically. To register for STS, you will need: your Personal Education Number (PEN), full legal name, date of birth, and email address.
Go to the Ministry of Education’s Transcripts and Certificate website. Follow the prompts to register for a BC Government account (a BCeID) and then register for STS. Finally, log in to the Student Transcripts Service using your BCeID.
From your STS dashboard, make post-secondary institution selections. The institutions you select will receive your transcripts electronically. Select the option to “send transcripts when interim and final marks are available.”
Helpful Videos from the Ministry of Education
- Logging on to Student Transcripts Service
- Sending Transcripts to Post-Secondary Institutions
- Sending Transcripts to Others (e.g. employers)
Step 3: If you plan to apply to a university in the U.S.A., plan to write the S.A.T. or A.C.T.
Step 4: Self-report your grades.
Many schools (including UVIC) require that you “self-report” your marks. Other schools require you to send a paper transcript. Be sure your understand the requirements of the schools for which you are applying.
Step 5: Apply for scholarships, bursaries, and student loans.
Visit the Financial Aid website of the post-secondary school you plan to attend.
See the Scholarships, Bursaries, & Loans section of the EMCS website for more information.