Questions and Answers

Q What's the difference between a private college and a public college?


A private college is privately owned and operated. Public colleges are funded by the government.

Q What difference does it make to me, the student?


As a student, you will notice that private colleges tend to offer smaller classes, allowing for more individualised attention. The training offered will be focused, the curriculum may be condensed to allow for faster completion by motivated students, and the scheduling of classes is more flexible to accommodate learners who have a job or families or other time commitments. Because the school is a business, you will find that staff and instructors are "student-centred". This means that they are motivated to meet your needs and expectations. The satisfaction of students and graduates is an integral part of their business, so it is very important to them that you feel you are getting the very best education for your money.

Q How can I be assured of receiving a quality education from a private college?


The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) was created in 2004 to carry out the important role of student protection. PCTIA sets basic education standards for registered private career training institutions in British Columbia and establishes standards of quality which must be met by accredited institutions.

Protection for Students

PCTIA provides student protection by:


  • establishing basic education standards for registered institutions
  • establishing standards of quality for accredited institutions
  • managing the Student Training Completion Fund (STCF) which is used to refund:
    • a student's unearned tuition when an institution closes prior to program completion, and
    • a portion of tuition fees a student has paid a registered institution that, in the opinion of the board, has misled a student.

Q Can I obtain scholarships, grants, or student loans to help with the costs of a private education?


YES! For more information on student loans, grants and scholarships, visit Finacial Aid

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