About distance

James Fraser

Director of Online Education

Learning on Your Time

Prairie Distance Education courses are a convenient tool to learn on your own schedule.

You can enrol anytime in a single course or in a multi- year program. Program students receive every fourth class for FREE!

Contact admissions for more information.

Course Fees

Online Course Tuition: $990* (3-credit online course with audio/video)

Print Course Tuition: $645* (3-credit correspondence-style text course)

Personal Interest/Audit: $225* (not-for-credit print or online course)

*Textbooks not included. Campus students also need to pay college services fees.

Program Costs

Program costs, excluding textbooks, range from approximately $10,000 (Certificate in Bible) to $42,000 (Bachelor of Arts]. All fees are subject to change.

Online Application: $50

Graduation Fee: $150*

*Please note that students who apply for graduation after the February 15 deadline will be charged an additional $75 fee and may have their graduation deferred.

Financial Aid

Scholarships: Only one credit/discount/scholarship can be applied to an enrolment. Scholarships are available only to students enrolled in a Distance Education program. These scholarships are subject to availability of funding at the time of enrolment. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Early Completion Scholarship: Students who complete a course within three months of their course enrolment date with at least a C grade will receive a $100 scholarship toward their next course if enrolled within a month of completion of the finished course.

Spousal Scholarship: When both spouses enrol in the same course at the same time, one is eligible to receive a 25% scholarship toward tuition.

Multiple Course Scholarship: You can do every fourth class for FREE. You must finish three courses with at least a C grade without an extension. You must enrol in the fourth course within two months of finishing the third course.

Pro-Tec Scholarship: Distance Education students in full programs are eligible to apply for the Pro-Tec Scholarship. See Fees & Financial Aid for more information and access to the online application form.

Prisoner Scholarship

Prisoners can take paper-based correspondence courses for $200.00 total tuition if they qualify for a scholarship and subject to availability of scholarship funding. The student is responsible for textbook purchase.

Qualifications for Prisoner Scholarship:

  • Person must be incarcerated at the time of enrolment.
  • Person must have a positive recommendation from the prison chaplain. 
  • Person must have a qualified person willing to serve as a mentor/tutor. Person has paid $200.00 tuition.

Payment Methods & Refunds

We accept payment in Canadian and US funds by personal cheque, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Call our office at 1.800.785.4226, Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm for more information.

Payment for courses ordered online can be made by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

A tuition refund is available for course withdrawals within 30 days of enrolment date. Course withdrawals are subject to a $50 administrative fee. The following policies apply:

  • Within 10 days from enrolment date, 100% of course tuition will be refunded less the processing fee.
  • 20 days from enrolment date, 75% of course tuition will be refunded.
  • 30 days from enrolment date, 50% of course tuition will be refunded.
  • Any withdrawals within 30 days from enrolment date will result in the course being dropped from your record.
  • Any withdrawals occurring after 30 days up to and including the 90th day from enrolment will result in no refund and a W grade. If the withdrawal is the result of medical or psychological reasons, a 50% refund can be given if a note from a medical professional is received; a W grade will still be awarded in these cases.
  • A student is unable to withdraw from a course after 90 days from enrolment. If a course is left incomplete after its due date or extended due date, whichever applies, the student will be assigned the letter grade their completed work has earned.


Textbooks are not included in course tuition. Students need to purchase their own textbooks. ISBN numbers and direct links to required textbooks on bookfinder.com are available by clicking the course name in our online ordering form.

For print courses, we will email the syllabus and study guide for free or you can purchase a hard copy. Printed copies are $10-30, depending on the course; shipping fees are additional, according to weight.


Students requiring more than 4 months to complete a course can apply for a maximum of 1 two-month extension. An administration fee of $100 is charged for an extension.

Extensions begin on the original course due date, not on the date the extension is requested. If a course is not completed by the end of the allowed extension period, re-enrollment will be required.

You don’t have to wait for a specific start date—just enroll and begin whenever it’s right for you. Completion of a BAIS or BAM degree program takes an average of 4 years for students who are not also working.

Students have 4 months to complete each course in their program as counted from the day they enroll in the course. A 3-credit course will usually take 80-100 hours to complete. This means it will require around 5-7 hours per week for 16 weeks to finish a course.

Students requiring additional time to complete a course can apply for a maximum of 1 two-month extension. Extensions begin on the original course due date, not on the date the extension is requested. If a course is not completed by the end of the allowed extension period, re-enrollment will be required.


Nov 21 – Graduation Applications due

Dec 23 – Course work must be in for December grads

April 23 – Course work must be in for April grads

June 30 – Course work must be in for June grads

To request a transcript of courses you took through Prairie Distance Education or Prairie Online Education, fill out the Transcript Order Form and return it to the Registrar’s Office by fax (403.443.3006) or by email attachment (transcript@prairie.edu).

In order for us to process your request, your form must include your name and years of enrollment, the name and address of the institution transcripts should be sent to, and your signature.

The transcript fee is $10 per copy (payable with request); the faxing fee is an additional S10 for each fax (payable with request). Express Post or Courier will have additional fees. The usual processing time is three days.

To contact us with questions. email online.ed@prairie.edu or phone 1.800.785.4226.

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Connie Nyman, Student Services Coordinator of Online Education
Email: online.ed@prairie.edu
Toll Free: 1.800.785.4226
Local: 403.443-3036

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST
Closed – 12 – 1
Friday – Closed