Slave lake, AlbertaLOCATION
Estd 1999Established Year

Northern Lakes College (NLC) is a publicly funded comprehensive college in the northern region of Alberta, Canada. The college is well known for its distance learning technology, mainly through Study International. It has collaborated with local school divisions. Dual credits are offered to high school students transitioning to secondary learning. The move will connect them to labor market opportunities.

Why Northern Lakes College Stands Out?

Key Stats

  • Webometrics ranking: Canada - 235 :: World - 133376
  • Student satisfaction: 96%
  • On site class enrollment- 26% (in campus)
  • Distance Learning enrolment- 60% (online classes)
  • Both onsite and online classes- 14%

Key Features

  • Increased student enrollment in Practical Nurse program and Primary Care Paramedic program.
  • Human Services: Popular programs in the labour market are Early Learning and Child Care, Educational Assistant and Social Work Diploma.
  • Distance and in-person training to interested adult learners for the remote community of Peerless/Trout Lake Area of Alberta.


Type of Funding Public
Student enrollment for 2016-2017 in credit programs (unique head count)1864
Number of graduates in 2016-2017457
International students (2016-2017)10
Total Students (Full Load Equivalent)1193
Indigenous Student Population (2016-2017)45%
Transfer Course Agreements502 with 16 different Canadian institutions.
Program Transfer Agreements 11 with 2 institutions in Alberta
Tuition Fee rangeCAD 100 to CAD 166 per credit
Total Value of Student AwardsCAD 419,000
Number of Non-Credit Courses 553
Language of InstructionEnglish
Linguistic ExaminationTOEFL iBT - 80 minimum OR IELTS - 6.5 minimum

Northern Lakes College Campuses

25 campuses serving 25 different remote, rural communities of Alberta, Canada.

Slave Lake Campus (Main Campus)Grouard Campus
Athabasca CampusAtikameg Campus
Cadotte Lake CampusChateh Campus
Driftpile CampusEast Prairie Campus
Fort Vermilion CampusGift Lake Campus
Grande Prairie CampusHigh Level Campus
High Prairie Main CampusHigh Prairie Health Learning Centre
La Crete CAP SiteMarten Lakes Wilderness Campus
Smoky River (McLennan) CampusPaddle Prairie CAP Site
NLC Peace River CampusNorthern Lakes College Shell Canada Power Engineering and Technology Centre
Peavine CampusPeerless Lake Campus
Slave Lake Trades and Technology CentreSlave Lake Industry Training Annex
Valleyview CampusWabasca Campus

These campuses offer real-time teaching through internet enabled course for rural First Nations students in vocational streams.

Student Residences

  • Four campuses out of 26 provide student residences. 
  • Fully-furnished rooms unless stated otherwise. 
  • Rent including cost for utilities, WiFi and satellite TV.
  • Bring your own bedding and kitchen utensils.
  • All residences provide plenty of indoor and outdoor sports activities for residents.

Programs Offered

The college offers certificate, diploma and pre-university training programs in the following streams.

StreamNumber of Courses
Academic Upgrading2
Health Careers6
Trades and Resources Technology16
Business and Administrative Studies4
Human Service Careers6
University Studies2
Continuing Education and Corporate Training17

Application forms are available on the Northern Lakes College website.

How to get into Northern Lakes College?

Requisite Documents

  • Original official transcripts of all previous secondary and post-secondary institutions.
  • Notarized English translation of the original
  • Resume/ CV
  • Photocopy of the information page of a valid passport or existing student permit or student visa.

English Language Requirement

  • Demonstrate sufficient command of English Language. 
CLBAScore 8 and above
TOEFL iBTScore 84 & above
IELTS Score 6 or above
CAELScore 60 and above
TEICMinimum Score 730/790 and TSE 50

Application Process

  • Choose your program
  • International students- opt for classroom component course, full-time at any NLC campus.
  1. Apply Alberta:

  • For easy online transfer of transcripts. 
  • Apply through the ApplyAlberta (APAS) system for entry to Diploma and Certificate programs.

     2.Northern Lakes College Application for Admission

  • Diploma, Certificate and Degree programs can be applied to through NLC Application for Admission form.
  • Upload documents with online application or email to

A non-refundable tuition fee deposit of CAD 200 is to be paid after receiving letter of acceptance. 

Costs and Expenses

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are to be paid online through-

  • Visa Master Card
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Money order.

The tuition is calculated on a credit or weekly basis depending upon the student's choice. 

Program TypeFees (2017-2018)
Academic UpgradingCAD 100 per credit
Certificate courses ~CAD 118 per credit
Diploma courses ~CAD 118 per credit
University TransferCAD 118 per credit
Trades Apprenticeship CAD 98 per week
Power Engineering CAD 6000 per program
Trades Pre-employment CAD 166 per week
International Students200% of the fees for domestic students in any program. 

Additional and miscellaneous fees are applicable and students are requested to check for the same on the college website.

Room Rent&Details

CampusDepositRoom Rent
Slave Lake - Mouallem Student ResidenceCAD 450CAD 450
GrouardCAD 300CAD 300 (Single)
CAD 550CAD 550 (3 Bed)
CAD 650CAD 650 (4 Bed)
WabascaCAD 450CAD 450
Peace River Power Engineering or Oil Field Operator TrainingCAD 600CAD 600 (Master Bedroom)
CAD 500 (Other Rooms)CAD 500 (Other Rooms)

Scholarships and Bursaries

Over 50% of the students at NLC benefit from some type of student financial aid or award. The complete list of awards is given below:

Awards All ProgramsAmountNumber of Awards
Access to the Future BursariesCAD 750 to CAD 20002
Board of Governors BursaryCAD 500N/A
Student Association - Role Model ScholarshipCAD 1,000 2
Pasikow Partnership AwardCAD 10003
Awards - Post Secondary Programs
Community Spirit BursaryCAD 1000N/A
Shell Canada Student AwardsCAD 100010
Xerox University Studies Entrance ScholarshipCAD 1000N/A
Indigenous Career AwardsCAD 2000/termN/A
CCEC Partnership BursaryCAD 15002
TransCanada Partnership AwardCAD 6002
Métis Scholar AwardsCAD 25004
Pembina Pipeline Corporation Power Engineering ScholarshipCAD 1500N/A
Dr. Gary McPherson Award (Nomination to Scholarships Program)CAD 2000N/A
Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership (Nomination to Scholarships Program)CAD 10002
Pembina Pipeline Corporation Trades ScholarshipCAD 1500N/A
Jesse Roberts AwardCAD 10002
Sunrise AwardCAD 100010
Ultimate Heir AwardCAD 10005
Renaissance BursaryCAD 200025
Reg Carr Memorial ScholarshipCAD 1000N/A
Canadian Natural Resources BursaryCAD 1000N/A
Roland Gladue Memorial ScholarshipCAD 1000N/A
Governor General’s Collegiate MedallionMedallionN/A
Jason Lang Post-Secondary Scholarship (Nomination to Scholarships Program)CAD 1000N/A
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship (Nomination to Scholarships Program)CAD 2500N/A

Student Jobs 

NLC recommends the following websites for job search also:

  • Workopolis - Student jobs within Alberta
  • Youth Employment Programs - Government of Canada 
  • Indeed - Alberta jobs
  • Job Bank - Government of Canada
  • Student Job Board - Jobs all over Canada

Study Permit

Study permit is required for studying in Canada for:
a) employment after commencement of full-time studies; and 
b) employment after successful completion of educational degree.

  • Study Permit is issued by Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  • Submit to the nearest Canadian consulate or Embassy after receiving letter of acceptance from NLC.


  • The College has rolled out an Alumni Strategic Plan in 2016.
  • Currently, alumni members can choose to subscribe to the Alumni Association Newsletter to stay in touch with updates of past students.
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