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Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to SBC

Q. What are the prerequisites for a typical course at SBC?
A. All diploma programs require an overall Grade 12 average of 60-70% (minimum) or GED 12/ABE 12.

Q. Do I have to write an assessment to be accepted?
A. If you do not possess a Canadian grade 12, you may be required to write a 45 minute basic mathematics and English assessment after applying.  The assessment is given to ensure students will be successful in their programs before they can be admitted. Candidates may rewrite this assessment twice.

Q. Do you require I.D. when you apply?
A. Permanent Residents must submit their PR card to be photocopied for their file.

Q. Do PRs have language requirements.
A. English is the language of instruction at SBC. If English is not your first language, you may be required to submit proof of your English training. See SBC International Student Admissions & Requirements.

Q. Have I missed the deadline to apply?
A. 
No.  Applications are usually accepted up until start date; however, seating is limited in some programs.  

Q. Are specific classes from my Grade 12 year required in order to be accepted?
A. No. We calculate your overall Grade 12 average in determining your average.

Q. Do I have to fill out an application form in order to be accepted?
A. Yes.  The application form is available online here.  Application fee is $100 (non refundable but valid for two (2) years). 

Q. Does SBC require original transcripts?
A. Original copy of High School transcript must be included in order to be accepted. If you graduated from a Saskatchewan high school, you can order your Grade 12 transcript here (link). If you have copies of your original transcripts, you may bring them in when you apply.

Q. How do I apply as an International Student?
A. SBC International Student Admissions & Requirements.

Financing your Education

Q. What do I need to bring on Registration Day?
A. Please bring a blue or black pen and the appropriate funding documents that may include the following:

  • Proof of funding letter (funding agency)
  • Source of payment (cheque, cash [up to $500], debit card, or money order)
  • If paying with debit, please verify your daily transaction limit is sufficient.

Note: We do not accept Visa or MasterCard.

Q. When is payment due?
A. The books and supplies fees are due on or before your start date and ARE NOT covered by student loans. The schedule for tuition payments is laid out in the pre-enrollment information for students who have already been accepted. Personalized payment plans may be made by appointment. Please call 306-244-6333 to book an appointment now.

Q. How do I apply for a Canada/Saskatchewan student loan?
A. You must apply online by visiting Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loans through the Advanced Education Portal.

Q. Do I have to submit a Program Information Form to SBC to complete my Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated student loan application?
A. No, we have form on file that can be easily submitted to Canada Student Loans. Call the Student Funding Liaison at 306-244-6333 to request that your form be submitted.

Q. I require a Confirmation of Enrollment for my bank—how can I get one?
A. SBC cannot issue Confirmations of Enrollment until the student’s first FULL day of classes. On Registration Day, please notify the Student Funding Liaison that you require one.

SBC Student Expectations

Q. What would my class hours be?
A. Monday to Thursday from 8:30 to 3:30 (half hour lunch)

Q. How much homework can I expect?
A. Minimum one hour per night; however, this depends greatly on study habits, memorization skills and time management.

Q. Does SBC have a dress code?
A. No. Students are only required to dress business style during career strategies class and for occasional guest speakers.

Q. What is the average class size?
A. Students at SBC can look forward to small classes (15 to 1 student/instructor ratio) with a dedicated and professional instructor leading every class.

Q. I'm having trouble in my classes. Is help available?
A. 
Students are welcome to meet with instructors after class. If further help is required tutors can be arranged.

Textbooks

Q. When do I receive my textbooks?
A. Textbooks are distributed by your teachers at the beginning of each class.

Q. Can I buy my textbooks secondhand?

A. You can, but you are required to pay a $50.00 assessment fee so that the front office can determine that your books are current and contain NO writing, and adjust your tuition ledger accordingly. The fee is applied even if no books are found to be acceptable. Assessment takes 2-5 business days and the deadline for assessment is the last week before your start date.

Employment

Q. Does SBC help me find employment?
A. SBC has a full-time Graduate-Employer Liaison who helps hundreds of graduates each year (free of charge) to find career-related employment in a variety of businesses. Many of Saskatoon's top companies rely on SBC to help fill vacancies.  Many of these positions are not publicly advertised.

Q. Is my diploma recognized?
A.
 Saskatoon Business College is Saskatchewan's only nationally accredited career college (CCAP). Accreditation is a "yard stick" measurement showing the college has high standards and stability as a result of meeting CCAP requirements.  If you plan to move, CCAP accreditation helps identify you as having graduated from a prestigious business college which has many proven quality measurements.

Getting to SBC

Q. Where can I park at SBC?
A. SBC is located in downtown Saskatoon and parking is difficult to find. Street parking is two (2) hours maximum. All day parking is available one a first come, first serve basis at the Impark lot behind SBC, facing out onto Second Avenue. The cost is $10.00 per day and the lot fills up by 8:15am each day.

Q. Can I take the bus to SBC?
A. This is the least expensive method. Your student ID allows you to purchase a student bus pass at the discounted rate and the downtown Saskatoon bus terminal is located less than a block from SBC’s front door. Bus passes me be claimed on your tax returns.

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