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    Northern Lights College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 1975, Northern Lights College, Canada, is a member of British Columbia Colleges (BC Colleges), spread across 324,000 square kilometers. BC Colleges are a group of 11 colleges, all of which have a history of being actively connected to industries. It serves as the Energy College for B.C. It is a community college with seven campuses and a total of 571 programs which makes it a great option for students as it gives them an opportunity to choose from such a huge number of courses and career options. NLC aims to promote higher education with world-class facilities and renowned faculty members.

    Northern Lights College Campus

    The College has 3 Centers of Excellence dedicated for training in key areas of oil and gas, clean energy technology and aerospace. Each center has a distinguishing feature of its own. The Jim Kassen Industry and Training Center is a 12 million CAD facility and is the home to the Center of Training Excellence for Oil and Gas. The Clean Energy Technology center has achieved LEED Platinum Certification by the Canada Green Building Council. The Center of Excellence for Aerospace has a diverse fleet of helicopters that include and six fixed-wing airplanes namely Robinson R44, MD500D, AS350D, Hughes 300C, Bell 205 and 206 and Cessna 180, Cessna 310, Piper Aztec 250, King Air B90, and British Aerospace JetStream 31.


    University Type Community College
    Establishment Year 1975
    Location Dawson Creek, British Columbia
    No. of Campuses 7
    No. of Programs 571 programs
    Campus accommodation capacity 310 students
    Mode of Program Full-time/ Online
    Mode of Application Via email
    Test Scores Accepted IELTS, CAAT
    Academic Fee (international students) 332 CAD/ credit (for 2020-21);
    359 CAD/ credit (for 2021-21)
    Financial Aid Available
    Official Website

    Northern Lights College Campus

    • Northern Lights College has 7 campuses namely Atlin, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Dease Lake, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Tumbler Ridge. All these campuses have highly acclaimed programs to offer to its students.
    • Atlin campus – This campus is a part of an isolated community situated in the Northwestern side of Berlin, in a valley surrounded with mountains makes it a peak location in the lap of nature. This campus offers a wide range of programs that can be assessed over online pathways. These courses are very cost-effective and convenient for students from all around the globe.
    • Chetwynd campus – This campus is situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this campus admits full-time as well as part-time students of courses like University Arts and Sciences, Trades and Apprenticeship, Career and College Preparation etc. A focused group of faculty members, an opportunity for in-class learning experience, and distance education, makes Chetwynd a great choice for students.
    • Dawson Creek campus - This campus is the original location of NLC. Several Trades and Apprenticeship courses are available in the Dawson Creek Campus. It has a population of about 12,000 students and completed its 50th anniversary in 2008. This campus has several student related services such as residence facilities, gymnasium, library services, financial aid, and an easy access to city transit.
    • Dease Lake campus – This campus is located in northern part of BC, and houses several provincial government offices. It was established in 1839. This, same as Atlin, offers online courses to its students which are all presided over by highly skilled professors and teachers.
    • Fort Nelson campus – This campus is the third largest campus of Northern Lights College. It was established in 1941, and provides several facilities to students and local residents. From the year 1976, programming, as a course, was made available in the Fort Nelson Campus. There are several services available such as a bookstore, a library, internet access and financial aid.
    • Fort St. John campus – This campus serves more than 1,800 students per year and houses two ice pads, speed skating, and also an indoor walking track. The department of International Education is located in this campus, along with the Pomeroy Sports Centre. Other than this, residence and library facilities are also available.
    • Tumbler Ridge campus - Workforce training courses are offered along with several other interactive courses that are taught on online platforms. This campus includes several services that are very helpful for students such as internet access and library and computer facilities.

    Northern Lights College Residence

    • At NLC, residence facilities for students are available in two of their campuses, Dawson Creek campus and Fort St. John Campus.
    • Residence facilities are not available at the rest of the campuses of NLC but local accommodation can be found in Chetwynd, Fort Nelson and Tumbler Ridge campuses.
    • Dawson Creek Campus Residence:
      • Comprises of two wings of buildings that house 190 students and students can choose from one/two/four-bedroom units.
      • Rooms are furnished with all necessary furniture such as bed, table, telephone, computer station, chair, etc. Each unit has a kitchen with stove, fridge, appliances and a bathroom.
    • Fort St. John Campus Residence:
      • The total occupancy is that of 120 students.
      • Students can choose from two/four-bedroom units. These units are well furnished with a kitchen that has all necessary equipment such as fridge, stove, microwave, etc.
      • The bedroom is well-furnished with a bed, bookshelf, computer station for work, etc.
    • Students will have to pay a 100 CAD application fee and 200 CAD damage deposit fee.
    • Rent for various rooms at the 2 accommodation facilities are given below:
    Period of Stay Rent
    Long Term Stay 520 CAD (four bedroom)
    585 CAD (two bedroom)
    1,105 CAD (one bedroom)
    Short Term Stay 40 CAD (per night)
    240 CAD (per week)
    Executive Stay 140 CAD/ night (two-bedroom suite with shared kitchen)
    95 CAD (three-bedroom suite with shared kitchen)

    Northern Lights College Courses

    • Northern Lights College aims at imparting a wide range of programs to its students through high-skilled faculty and a great learning environment.
    • There are roughly 571 programs taught in 7 campuses of NLC which include several business programs and academic programs, education programs, health and human services programs, dual credit programs, etc.
    • Northern Lights College offers trades and apprenticeships, certificates, degrees and diploma in courses such as University Arts and Sciences, Oil and Gas Training, Clean Energy Technologies, Practical Nursing, etc.
    • Certificate in Food Nutrition and Health, Certificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion are some of the popular programs at the college.
    • There are online courses available to remove the distance barrier and assist the education process of students who are unable to travel and shift to the NLC campus.

    Northern Lights College Application Process

    Applicants willing to study at Northern Lights College must note that the college has separate application process for domestic and international students. Domestic students can complete an application online or offline while international applicants can apply by sending an email.

    How to Apply?

    The process and requirements for admission to Northern Lights College have been discussed below:

    Application Portal: Domestic Students – Online Application; International Students - Email at

    Application Fee: Domestic Students - 25 CAD; International Students - 100 CAD

    Basic Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

    • Transcripts of high-school and post-secondary, mark sheets, certificates.
    • An application for Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) and NLC Writing Assessment.
    • IELTS score for testing English proficiency.
    • For Canadian students, the application process takes place through online and offline methods, but non-Canadian students need to apply through the International Education Department of the College website.
    • International students can send an email to for further information.

    Northern Lights College Cost of Attendance

    • Tuition fee in NLC varies from course to course, and the cost of residence of staying at NLC depends on the room chosen by the students, facilities chosen by the students.
    • The tuition fee for 2020-21 and 2021-22 for various types of programs have been given below:
    Program Type Fee for 2020-21 Fee for 2021-22
    Academic 332 CAD/credit 359 CAD/credit
    Career & College Prep 11.06 CAD /contact hour 11.96 CAD /contact hour
    Trades/Apprenticeship 10.32 CAD /contact hour 11.16 CAD /contact hour
    Vocational/Career Technical 10.32 CAD /contact hour 11.16 CAD /contact hour
    Job Education & Training N/A N/A
    Practical Nursing Diploma 19.67 CAD /contact hour 19.67 CAD /contact hour
    English as a Second Language 15.00 CAD /contact hour 15.00 CAD /contact hour
    • Here is an overview and estimation of various fees that has to be taken in account by the student:
    Particulars Amount
    Application Fee 25 CAD (Canadian students); 100 CAD (International students)
    Resident Application Fee (NLC Students) 50 CAD
    Resident Application Fee (Non-NLC Students) 100 CAD
    Convocation Registration Fee 40.74 CAD
    Academic Fee/Credit (Domestic) 152.78 CAD
    Academic Fee/Credit (International) 450.87 CAD
    Library 8.85 CAD (Full-Time); 4.86 CAD (Part-Time)
    Facilities 34.66 CAD (Full-Time); 19.72 CAD (Part-Time)
    Technology 26.75 CAD (Full-Time); 14.71 CAD (Part-Time)

    Northern Lights College Scholarships/Financial Aid

    • Students at Northern Lights College have access to several scholarships, awards and grants.
    • Some of the grants available are specific to the campus and have fixed application deadlines.
    • A table with the eligible campus and deadlines for various awards and grants are given below:
    Name of the Grants Application Dates Eligible Campus
    Aboriginal Emergency Assistance Fund Continuous All
    Alaska Highway News Award N/A Dawson Creek
    Altagas Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician January 25 Dawson Creek
    BC Hydro Trades & Skilled Training Award March 31, August 31, November 30 All
    BC Oil and Gas Commission Award January 25 Fort St. John

    Northern Lights College Placements

    Northern Lights College helps its current students to discover their true calling and interests. To assist the students in this procedure, NLC provides them with a set of career planning tools. The College provides its students with resourceful links that shall help them in identifying their goals and work towards achieving them and search jobs in Canada after graduation.

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    Northern Lights College Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $2,482 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-69-

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $2,482 / Year
    On Campus
    Total Cost of Living
    $4,658 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Program wise accreditation
    Language Programs
    Languages Canada

    College Rating

    Based on 4 Students Rating

    5.9 out of 10
    5.5/10Social Life


    4.8 /10

    I couldn’t find any other college which supported diploma in Criminology at that time and the annual fee for this college was relatively lesser than other colleges.

    Course Curriculum :

    We used to do a lot of research and every year the college tries to update the syllabus and curriculum.

    7 /10 academic/food
    5 /10 faculty
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    5.7 /10

    It is much more affordable and faculty is good. the smaller the portioning of students faculty is more easy to approach. the town is really small but have various opportunities specially in trades apprentice

    Course Curriculum :

    Course curriculum are really good but some of the activities in the course are demanding and boring. I liked the most of them one of my favorite was one to go the court and record everything as I was doing criminology I liked every bit of it.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    5 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 placement
    5.5 /10

    I was looking for that covers the basics of business management but at a low cost in less duration of time than a B.B.A or MBA. I came to know about this college on the internet. I applied to it through an online application form. The cost of the application form is around $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    The Advanced Certificate course in Management is designed for current managers, volunteers and students who are interested in developing their leadership skills while they are working. The course focuses on management and marketing as well. It also covers tactics to improve production as well.

    7 /10 academic/food
    6 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    3 /10 accomodation
    5 /10 placement
    4 /10 extracurricular
    7.7 /10

    I chose this program as it prepared me for further education as well as direct employment. I paid an application fee of around $100 while applying from the online portal. I had completed school with 85% marks in my 12th exams in the science stream which helped strengthen my application. After this program was completed I applied for my bachelor's.

    Course Curriculum :

    The curriculum is based on teaching us syllabus to find employment after completion, if not to be able to join a baccalaureate course. The courses under engineering are- academic writing, calculus, mechanics, fundamentals of chemistry. The course requires completion of computer science, math, chemistry, and physics courses in two semesters.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    11401-8th Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2

    Nearby this campus

    • Bus Station
    • Restaurant
    • Pharmacy
    • Shopping Mall
    • Book Store

    Bus Station

    Northern Lights College0.24 km
    Safeway Dawson Creek at 112 Ave0.24 km
    116 Ave at 12 St0.29 km
    8 St at 114 Ave0.38 km
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    Safeway Pharmacy Dawson Creek0.47 km
    Shoppers Drug Mart0.48 km
    Walmart Pharmacy1.08 km
    Dawson Creek Clinic Pharmacy Ltd1.16 km
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    Book Store

    Faking Sanity1.14 km
    The Northern Toy Box1.19 km
    Bill's News & Confectionery1.25 km


    Domino's Pizza0.30 km
    Wendy's0.30 km
    Le's Family Restaurant / Voyageur Motor Inn0.39 km
    Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar0.53 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Dawson Creek Farmers' Market1.05 km
    Tribal Traders1.56 km
    Wright's Food Svc Ltd1.69 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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