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Important Notice 


Merger Update for Students Wishing to Apply to the CGA Program 


Application and Assessment Form 

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I'm still not sure how long the program is going to take or at what level I begin the program.  Whom should I talk to?

Call (604) 732-1211 or toll free (800) 565-1211 and ask to speak with someone on our Recruitment team.  They'll have the answers you need, or know the person who does.

Keep in mind that before anyone at CGA-BC can tell you definitively where you fit into the program, we need to assess your education and experience.  That's why completing the Application and Assessment Form is key. Once you send it in to us, we'll determine:  what credits and exemptions you qualify for and what courses you have left to complete.

We will send you an e-mail confirming that we've received your application.  Allow four to five weeks for your assessment to be completed.  We will then send you a letter informing you of your status and an enrolment package with instruction on beginning the program.  If you still have questions at this point, feel free to call the office and speak to our Student Services staff.

 

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I’m considering joining the CGA program, but I’m concerned, what will the potential merger mean for my studies? I don’t want to waste my time or money. 

No matter what happens with the merger discussions in B.C., CGA-BC is committed to assisting its students, whether they complete their CGA or earn a CPA,CGA. See CGA-BC's Commitment to Potential Students.

 
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I only want a transcript evaluation to know how many transfer credits I would get if I joined the CGA program.  What form do I fill out for that?

There is no separate process for transcript evaluations only.  You must complete and submit the same Application and Assessment Form.
 
 
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If I submit an Application and Assessment Form now, do I have to start taking courses right away?

No, your application is good for four sessions, the one you are currently applying within plus the following three.
 
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What if I do not enrol in the CGA program within one year after submitting my Application and Assessment Form?

If you still want to join the CGA program you will have to submit another Application and Assessment Form and Fee, and your transcripts may be subject to re-evaluation.  
 
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Is there financial assistance available to CGA students?

CGA students qualify for the federal government's Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP).  This plan allows withdrawals from RRSPs to finance CGA education for you, your spouse or your common-law partner.  The maximum amount that may be withdrawn is $20,000.  CGA students do not currently qualify for federal or provincial student loans.  For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency Website.

As part of their financial services package for CGAs, the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank offer special lines of credit and personal loans to CGA students, as well as other money-saving benefits.  For more information, call the Bank of Montreal at (800) 665-9665 or the Royal Bank at (800) 769-2599.  Finally, the CGA Educational Foundation provides bursaries to help CGA students in financial need due to extraordinary circumstances.
 
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Can I get my original documents and transcripts back after I submit them to the Association?

Yes, you can.  Please make sure you request this in writing when you submit your documents, and include photocopies of the documents you wish to have sent back to you.  You may also bring your originals to the office along with proper photocopies.  The receptionist will endorse the copies and you may take your originals back with you.
 
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What happens to original documents that are submitted to the CGA Association?

When a student enrols, these documents are held in the student's file.  If a student has not enrolled within the four sessions, the documents are destroyed.
 
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Where do I take CGA Courses?
Some CGA students take courses directly through the CGA Association.  Other students choose to take equivalent courses through one of the public post-secondary institutions in the province.  Some students choose to combine CGA courses with equivalent courses.  Please see the transfer credit section of this site for a listing of equivalent courses.
 
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Are there CGA classes and lectures?

The CGA program is primarily a distance education program.  Though in-class lectures are available for some CGA courses at the main campus of UBC, most CGA students download the audio lectures to their computer rather than attend the classroom presentation.
 
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When will I know that I'm accepted?

Once your Application and Assessment Form has been received and processed, the Association will send you an enrolment package with a letter of acceptance advising you of your student ID number.  You should receive the letter within five weeks.  This indicates that you have been accepted.
 
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What is the next step after I've received a letter of acceptance and enrolment package?

The next step is to complete the online enrolment process and submit the related fees according to the instructions received in your enrolment package.  If you are taking a course through CGA, you should select that at this time as well.  Once the Association has received and processed this submission, your student file will be activated and you will officially be a CGA student.

 

Still have questions?  Call 604-732-1211 or toll free at 1-800-565-1211 and ask to speak to a member of the Recruitment & Employment Team.

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