Who We Are

Applications for Admission to Fall 2024 at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology are currently open.

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Welcome to Our Institute


Founded in 1983 by the five bands of the Nicola Valley, NVIT was created to provide a place for Indigenous people to study within a supportive environment. Beginning with 13 learners enrolled in a forestry program, NVIT now has approximately 1400 learners representing nearly 60% of BC’s First Nations communities. Learners study at our main campus in Merritt, our satellite campus in Vancouver, or at one of over 30 Indigenous communities across Canada.

NVIT strives to offer a wide range of programs to appeal to many different career paths. The Centre of Excellence in Sustainability is our newest addition to our Merritt campus, which provides innovative lab space, demonstrates solar and geo-exchange technologies, and houses a new teaching culinary arts kitchen, greenhouse, fitness centre and gymnasium.  Our institute also has recently created exciting new partnerships that will provide new programs for future learners, such as a Master of Social Work program, a Bachelor of Indigenous Education program and a Foundation in Innovation and Technology program.

NVIT’s success is attributed to its ability to become BC’s Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute while remaining true to the vision of the five founding bands. Governed by a First Nations board, a supportive Elders’ Council and an engaged group of employees, NVIT continues to be dedicated to Indigenous education and ensuring we meet the needs of our learners. As an Indigenous Centre of Excellence, we invite you to become involved as we work towards fulfilling our vision of inspiring learners to strengthen the community. NVIT promises to empower learners by strengthening their voice and identity through education.

General Info General Info

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Campus Locations

Merritt Campus

4155 Belshaw Street,
Merritt, BC

Metro Vancouver Campus

200-4355 Mathissi Place,
Burnaby, BC

Merritt Campus

4155 Belshaw Street
Merritt, BC

Metro Vancouver Campus

200-4355 Mathissi Place
Burnaby, BC

Credentials Available
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Diplomas: 2-3 Years
  • Continuing Education
  • Trades Apprenticeship
  • Trades Foundation Certificate
  • Upgrading / HS Completion

Programs Programs

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Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

Grade 12 graduation with minimum C+ in English 12 is a basic requirement for many programs; individual programs may have other specific course requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

English 12 with C+ minimum or English 060

Application Deadline

Applications for Fall Semester are accepted until the end of July, and seats are offered to qualified applicants in the order applications are completed with all required documents and assessments received.

How to Apply

Apply online or print an application form from the website. For further assistance, connect with an Academic & Financial planner at https://bit.ly/NVIT-AFP

Admissions Contact Email
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Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

March 15 or August 15 are the two major deadline dates, depending on the Scholarship applied for. Deadline information is provided in the information on the website.

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Student Loan Info

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Residence Residence

Residence Options

NVIT’s student housing consists of two buildings, each with 32 individual units and 4 – 2 bedroom suites (for a total occupancy of 72 to 80 students). Student housing is available at our Merritt campus only.

Total Average Residence Cost
1500 per month
Residence Cost Details

Single rooms are $525/month for the academic year, and Family Rooms are $1000/month for the academic year. The same rates apply for the Summer Semester [May-August]

Residence Application Deadline

Students can apply before they have been accepted into their program of study. The first round of acceptances is completed in early April.

How to Apply

Applications begins by registering to apply on the housing website, followed by completing the application request. A $250 deposit is required to complete an application.

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Indigenous Student Supports & Services Indigenous Student Supports & Services

Indigenous Student Supports & Services Info

The Immediate Entry Bursary is awarded to Grade 12 graduates who graduate and transition directly from high school (BC Adult Graduation Diploma not eligible) to NVIT. Students must have applied and been accepted by June 30, 2024, and be registered in a minimum 60% course load of first year Post-Secondary courses, each semester, for the upcoming academic year.

Students must be a 2024 Grade 12 graduate (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) from:

  • School District #58 (Merritt Secondary, Princeton Secondary, SCIDES);
  • School District #74 (Desert Sands Community School, Kumsheen Shch-Ema-meet, Lillooet Secondary, David Stoddart Secondary);
  • Logan Lake Secondary;
  • Similkameen Elementary Secondary;
  • Hope Secondary;
  • A BC First Nations School that is registered with the BC First Nations Schools Association; or
  • High School Graduate from across BC who self-identifies as Indigenous.
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