A school year takes place between July 1 and June 30. It is usually comprised of two terms: the Fall and Winter terms. Each term encompasses a minimum of 82 school days, including the examination period. Colleges may schedule other, shorter terms, such as a Summer term. These extra terms allow students to retake failed courses or to graduate earlier.
The student's learning is assessed for each course. For a short period at the beginning of each term, students may withdraw from a course. They must inform the college before the withdrawal deadline, after which dropped courses are considered as failed.
The passing mark, indicating the minimal achievement of objectives, is 60 out of 100. At the end of each term, the college prepares a transcript summarizing the evaluation of a student’s learning. This document is given to the student and the results submitted to the Ministère.
On the recommendation of the college attended, the Minister awards a Diploma of College Studies to students who attain all the objectives and standards of the program of study, and who successfully complete the comprehensive examination for the program and any uniform examinations set by the Minister.
Signed by the Minister and the Deputy Minister, the diploma specifies the name of the student, the college and the program title, as well as the date on which the diploma was issued.
Some colleges have more than one campus, enabling you to study close to home. You may also find several service points in the same geographic area.
The Loans and Bursaries Program enables Québec students with insufficient financial resources to pursue full-time secondary level vocational training, college or university studies.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Some colleges may provide financial assistance by awarding scholarships and bursaries to assist students during their studies.
Distance education is offered by some institutions and by Cégep à distance .
Full-Time or Part-Time
At the college level, most programs of study are offered on a full-time basis. In order to be considered full-time, a student must register for at least 180 hours of instruction per term (165 hours if Physical Education is one of the courses taken).
Certain training programs allow you to enrol part-time. This option generally entails paying additional tuition fees.