FAQs - Parents
Exploring RDC Before Your College Student Begins Classes
RDC recognizes that parents and legal guardians may wish to access information on behalf of their college student regarding such things as registration, grades, and tuition. RDC cannot legally release this information, and other information protected under Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act), to anyone other than the student unless the student has completed a Consent to Release Student Personal Information form. Parents and legal guardians will be required to provide proof of the relationship with the student.
If your college student is thinking about applying, or has already been accepted, Red Deer College has a dedicated Advising & Recruiting team to help your college student get into their program of choice. Advising & Recruiting will help provide information regarding admission requirements, course registration, transfer information, and program information among many other topics. There is a Central Advising & Recruiting office offering daily walk-in hours and support to assist students in learning about program options at RDC as well as aiding with the application process. In addition, each School at RDC has specific Advising & Recruiting Specialists to help students with specialized advice after admission. If your student is not sure where to start, the Advising & Recruiting Specialists are here to help! To contact and meet the Advising & Recruiting Specialist for your student's program, begin by visiting our School webpages.
RDC's Academic Schedule is prepared two years in advance to keep you and your college student informed on key dates and deadlines such as application and registration deadlines, payment due dates, last day to add or drop classes and most importantly the dates for final examinations. The Events Calendar incorporates the key academic dates along with information on many other events/deadlines at RDC.
The cost of college is far more than tuition, as books, accommodation, and food will all add extra costs of attending RDC. The Student Funding & Awards office at RDC will help your college student understand the funding, scholarship, and/or awards that exist. In addition, the office also offers information regarding financial wellness to help students remain financially stable through their studies.
Program cost estimates are based on full time attendance. Tuition is charged on the number of billing credits a student will complete each term.
Some funding avenues and scholarships require your college student to provide proof of enrolment. These letters are available in your college student's Loop account and are available one month prior to the start of each term. For questions or concerns about accessing this form, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 403.342.3400 or admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
Supporting Your College Student During the School Year
RDC offers free career counselling services to current students, helping to deliver employment information and skills to them. Throughout the year, Career Counselling is available to meet one-on-one with students to offer employment counselling and help them with resume writing, cover letters and interview skills. In addition, Career Counselling helps connect students to job opportunities, provide workshops, and bring employers on campus to recruit new employees.
Graduation and Convocation is a great time of celebration for RDC, program graduates, and their families and friends. As your college student nears completion of their program, they apply to graduate during the Winter term. The ceremony is typically held on the first Friday each June. You can refer to the Academic Schedule for specific dates.
RDC values the ongoing safety and personal health of all our students. We offer substanial (and free) resources for students in a variety of areas. Notably:
Personal Counselling - all students at RDC are able to access free and confidential counselling services.
Safewalk - Security staff at RDC are always available to escort students to their vehicle or residence at any time.
Health, Safety & Wellness Centre - Registered nurses are available to offer confidential medical and nursing services, drop-in clinic visits Monday-Friday, clinical assessments, community referrals, sexual health information, addictions help and referrals, emergency and first aid services.
At the end of February each year, a Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate (T2202A) for the previous calendar year will be available to all eligible students to access/print through their Loop account. The T2202A tax information will be available for seven years.