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Choosing Your Post-Secondary School or Institution

Students in Saskatchewan have many choices when it comes to their post-secondary education. When you make decisions about your post-secondary studies, there are several things you should consider. Regardless of what kind of institution or program you are considering, getting answers to the following questions will give you a better understanding of your options. Not all of these questions will necessarily apply to all institutions or programs; however, they do cover most possibilities.

Preparedness and Resources

  • Does the program suit my interests and career goals?
  • Do I have the time, energy and financial resources required to be successful in the program?
  • What type of job am I seeking when I finish the program and how much money do I hope to earn? Are my expectations realistic?
  • Have I investigated my options thoroughly through research, visiting institutions and speaking with potential employers?

Visiting the School

  • Is the institution a pleasant and comfortable place to spend my time in?
  • Did the institution make the information I asked for available to me?

Admissions

  • What are the pre-requisites for admission?
  • How many students apply for the course or program and how many are accepted?
  • Do I need to take a test to be considered for acceptance? If so, what score do I need to achieve to be considered?
  • Are there waitlists for the program or courses I am interested in?

Financial Considerations

  • Is the tuition cost of one program much more or less than a similar program I have encountered? If so, why is it?
  • Are books and equipment included in the tuition fee?
  • Is it possible for me to borrow resource materials, or do they need to be purchased?
  • If I need to repeat a course or subject, will I have to pay for it?
  • What are the institution's policies for refunding tuition in case of withdrawal or dismissal?
  • What is included in the price of tuition? What other costs are necessary for me to complete the program?
  • Are grants, bursaries or scholarships available?
  • Beyond the costs of tuition, what can I expect my cost of living expenses to be while I am attending school?

Student Loans

  • Is the institution designated under the Saskatchewan Student Financial Assistance Program so that I may be eligible to apply for student loans?
  • Is there anyone at the institution to help me to submit an application for student assistance?
  • Can someone at the institution help me estimate my potential loan amount?
  • Does my potential loan award cover both your tuition and basic living expenses?
  • When will I be expected to start repaying my debt?

Employment Opportunities and Job Placement

  • Is it expected that there will continue to be opportunities in the field I have chosen?
  • What types of employers have hired recent graduates of the program?
  • Does the institution offer job placement services? What do these services involve?
  • Does the institution have any information about how many previous graduates of the program have been successful in finding jobs?
  • Is a practicum or work term component a mandatory part of the program? How long is it? Is the work term paid? Will I have to relocate?
  • Will the institution arrange a practicum for me or am I expected to take on that responsibility?
  • Will my potential employers recognize this training?

Registration, Accreditation and Licensing

  • Does the appropriate governing body or professional association approve the institution/program?
  • Is the approval up-to-date?
  • If the institution is privately operated, is it registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education as a private vocational school?
  • Does the program have the proper consents, approvals or accreditations?
  • Is the credential that I would achieve through the program recognized by the profession or industry?
  • How many students of the program pass the licensing exams necessary to enter the profession?

Institutional Policies

  • What are the institution's policies for resolving student complaints?
  • Is there an institutional code of conduct?
  • What are the institution's rules for a student's attendance, behaviour and attire?
  • Where is information on the institution's policies available?
  • Will I have to sign a student enrolment contract?

Facilities, Services and Equipment

  • Is there any tutoring, advising or support service available?
  • Are classes a reasonable size for one instructor? What's the institution's student/instructor ratio?
  • Will I have reasonable access to the equipment and resources I will need in the course of my studies?
  • Is there enough equipment, tools or laboratory space for each student?
  • What type of equipment is used, and how does it measure up to what industry uses?
  • If my training involves software, what software is being taught, and how does it relate to knowledge I will need for employment?

Training and Instruction

  • How long is the course or program?
  • Does the program cover all of the subject matter I am hoping to learn?
  • What percentage of the training or instruction is theory and what percentage practical experience?
  • What are the qualifications of instructors?
  • Do instructors have the necessary licenses or credentials in order to deliver the instruction?
  • What are the completion/dropout rates for the program/institution/campus?
  • What are the pass/fail rates for the program/institution/campus?

Course and Program Transfer

  • Does the institution have any transfer arrangements with other institutions?
  • What opportunities for further education will I have after I graduate?
  • Will other post-secondary institutions recognize the training, and if so, how much credit will they assign?

Adapted from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, British Columbia.

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