Distance Learning

Independent Study Option – Fees and Payment


The Distance Learning Unit requires fees to be paid in full by one patron and payment method prior to releasing course materials.

Credit Card
  • Following receipt of an application, students will receive an email, including an invoice, with instructions for paying online.
  • Accepted methods of online payment include:
    • MasterCard
    • Visa
    • Visa Debit
Cheque/Money Order
  • Cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance can be mailed to:
    • Distance Learning Unit
      Box 2020
      500-55 Main Street Winkler MB R6W 4B8
  • The invoice, provided to the student, should be attached to the cheque/money order.
  • Incorrect or post-dated cheques cannot be processed and will be returned delaying registration.
  • Cheques returned NSF incur a $20.00 fee along with the full cost of registration.
    • The student will be withdrawn from their course until payment in full is received with a certified cheque or money order.
    • The original registration date will remain in effect after payment has been received in full.
Third Party Payment
  • Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for payment by a third party. It is their responsibility to provide the third party with appropriate documentation including the amount due and payment options.
  • Cheque/Credit Card
    • Third parties may pay on behalf of a student by cheque, money order or credit card following regular payment stipulations.
  • Purchase Order
    • If schools/school divisions are paying by Purchase Order, it should be faxed or emailed to the Distance Learning Unit office at the time the registration form is submitted online.
    • Purchase Orders must include all fees, shipping & handling and applicable taxes.
    • Purchase Orders stating insufficient fund amounts will need to be revised and resent.
  • Mail
    • Material will be mailed to the address on the student's registration form.
  • Pick-up
    • Students wanting to pick-up their courses should state their intentions in the comments section of the registration form.

Course Fees

All course fees are tax exempt.

2019-2020 Fees List ( 104 KB)

Course Fees
Senior Years

(Students have 12 months from date of registration to complete a course)

September 1, 2019
1/2 Credit Course $185.00
1 Credit Course $250.00
1/2 Credit Course Non-Resident $250.00
1 Credit Course Non-Resident $500.00
ISO Shipping and Handling Fee for Student Registrations* $10.50 per item (GST included)
* Shipping available in Canada only
Replacement Materials $94.50 (GST included)
Includes printed course materials
Course Transfers

Course Transfers are no longer available. Process a Notice to Withdraw and Request a Refund if within 30 days of the initial registration.

Course Fees Policy

Six Month Extension Policy
  • A student who is unable to complete the course within one year may apply for an extension only once.
  • A student who fails to achieve a passing grade of 50% or more may apply for an extension only once.
  • A course extension, for a fee, is available for 30 calendar days past the expiry date.
  • A course extension provides an additional 6 months to complete the course.
  • Once processed, the course extension will be in effect the day following the course expiry date. This ensures no interruption in services.
  • Students will retain all marks earned to date.
  • Course extensions do not include a new copy of the course material. If replacement materials or exam rewrite are required a fee will be applicable.
Extension Fees
Extension Fees Effective September 1, 2019
1/2 Credit Course Extension $84.00 (GST included)
1 Credit Course Extension $84.00 (GST included)
Second Registration in the Same Course
  • Students that have exceeded their allowable registration and extension option must register again.
  • The student will be registered in the current version of the course.
  • The registration date will be the date that the course is processed. Students have 12 months from the date of registration to complete the course.
  • Registration will include course materials. Two attempts at each assignment will be allowed, and one attempt at each exam will be allowed. Exam re-write fees will be charged if applicable.
  • Students will not retain marks from the initial registration. All assessment pieces must be completed and submitted as originals.
  • Students are not allowed to submit assignments already marked by ISO Tutor/Markers but may use previous submitted work as a reference when they submit assignments for their second registration.
  • For registrations in courses with multiple sections, students may or may not be assigned to the same Tutor/Marker that they had during the initial registration.

Refund Policy

  • Course refunds must be applied for during the first 30 calendar days of the student’s registration.
  • Complete a Notice to Withdraw.
  • The refund policy is in effect once a registration has been processed and course materials/resources are shipped. Registered students will have received a Welcome email which contains the shipping tracking information as well as their registration start date.
  • Refunds will be issued for Course Registration Fees only. Course materials do not need to be returned.
  • A $50 administration fee is deducted per registration (Print or PDF).
  • Refunds will not be issued for Reference Materials, or Miscellaneous Services (Replacement Material, Examination Rewrites, Course Transfers, Exam Rescheduling or Shipping fees).
  • The method of refund will be processed as follows:
    • Customers that paid online with a credit card: The refund will be issued to the same card.
    • Customers that paid Cash, or Debit/Credit Card in person at 500-555 Main Street Winkler, MB: The refund will be issued with a Cheque. For security reasons, card information is not retained on-site.
    • Customers that paid with a Cheque or Money Order: The refund will be issued with a cheque.
    • Approved Schools/School Divisions/Organizations that have paid with a Purchase Order: The credit will be applied to the account.
      • Cheques may take up to six weeks to process.
  • Refunds will be issued to the person(s)/organization that provided payment.

Withdrawals from a course, without refund, may be processed at any time until the course expiration date.

Course Fee Exemptions

Supporting Students with Medical Challenges

In Manitoba, school divisions have an obligation to provide each resident and enrolled student with educational programming. The obligation can be further defined as access to Appropriate Educational Programming for all students within their schools.

If the school/school division determines that the alternative programming is to work at home with Distance Learning courses, the cost of the Distance Learning courses shall be borne by the school/school division. This includes programming that may occur off-site (i.e. home-based, alternative programs, community settings). Schools/school divisions may choose to enroll the students in the ISO course and have the Distance Learning Unit provide the marking and tutoring services or they may choose to purchase ISO course materials as reference material and have their own school/school division staff provide assessment and teaching services. 

Miscellaneous Costs

All requests for miscellaneous services by students who are attending school should be directed through the ISO facilitator at the student's school. These items are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Miscellaneous Costs
Service Effective September 1, 2019
Examination Rewrite $52.50 (GST included)
Exam Rescheduling $52.50 (GST included)
Replacement Material $94.50 (GST included)
Course Transfer Course Transfers are no longer available. Process a Notice to Withdraw and Request a Refund if within 30 days of the initial registration.
Reference Courses $94.50 (GST included)
Reference Courses Shipping Fee $10.50 per item (GST included)
*For Reference Orders of 6 or more items per order, a maximum shipping fee of $63.00 (GST included) will be charged.
Replacement Material

Students have access to the PDF course materials via the Learning Management System (LMS) for additional copies of pages. The replacement material fee will be charged if a second print copy is requested.

Examination Rewrite

A minimum of 40 percent is required on all exams/progress tests. An examination rewrite must take place within the active course registration time period. The fee must be paid for prior to an examination rewrite.

Exam Rescheduling

A non-attending student who is scheduled to write an examination at the 1567 Dublin Avenue location or the Winkler location, will only be permitted to re-schedule it for medical, bereavement or weather related reasons. Other reasons will only be considered if the student contacts the DLU prior to the scheduled examination sitting. Failure to comply with this policy will result in a rescheduling fee.

Course Transfer

Effective September 1, 2018 – Students needing to transfer from one course to another within 30 calendar days of registering, should process a Notice to Withdraw and then register for the new course. The original course materials do not need to be returned.

School/Division Reimbursement

Some schools and school divisions have issued either full or partial course refunds to their students upon successful completion of an ISO course. This is not a Distance Learning Unit policy. Contact your school or school division office for information on their reimbursement policy.

Income Tax Receipts

Independent Study Option course fees are not tax deductible. Tax receipts will not be issued.