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Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.

Notice Regarding Fees

Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.

Fees include any amounts assessed to a student by UBC, or by UBC on behalf of the Alma Mater Society (AMS), or other student societies and organizations. Fees include, but are not limited to, tuition fees, program fees, special fees, and student society fees.

Notwithstanding anything else in the UBC Vancouver Calendar, UBC reserves the right at any time to change fees without notice. Students who have not completed their course requirements when a change in fees is made may be required to pay the new fees.

Tuition fees for all students include allocations to the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and to student financial support.

A student upon registering has initiated a contract with UBC for payment of all assessed fees. A student may terminate this contract only by withdrawing from UBC. See Deposits, Refund of Tuition Fees, and Withdrawal. While UBC makes every effort to avoid errors in fee assessment, should an error occur, it will be corrected and every effort will be made to attempt to notify affected students. However, lack of notification does not exempt a student from paying the appropriate fee.

Fees listed are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Payments and Due Dates

Fee payment in Winter Session may be in two instalments. In general, the first instalment covers tuition for Term 1 courses and the first half of two-term courses, plus most student fees. The second instalment covers tuition for Term 2 courses and the second half of two-term courses. Students enrolled in a study program restricted to Term 1 or Term 2 must pay the full amount assessed by the due date for that term.

Students may view their individual student financial account and/or outstanding balance at the Student Service Centre. For information on making payments, see Payment Options.

The balance reflects current and outstanding amounts from previous sessions, changes in registration, awards or cancellation of awards, penalties for late payment and other charges, as well as payments made.

It is the responsibility of students to make payments by the due dates. Note: Payments will be applied to outstanding amounts first and then to the current session.

Payment Due Dates

Summer Session 2017
Term 1 May 17, 2017
Term 2 July 7, 2017
Winter Session 2017/18
Term 1 September 6, 2017
Term 2 January 8, 2018
Summer Session 2018
Term 1 May 16, 2018
Term 2 July 6, 2018

The due date for any increase in a balance resulting from late assessment or late registration during a term will be the 7th of the next month. When the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or statutory holiday, payment may be made on the next business day.

All students must pay their current fee instalment in full by the due date. Deferred fees are due on the deferment date.

Deposits

Domestic Undergraduate Students

  • New domestic undergraduate students must pay a non-refundable acceptance deposit of $500.00.
  • Continuing domestic undergraduate students must pay a non-refundable registration deposit of $100.00.1,2
  • Deposits will be credited toward assessed tuition fees.2

International Undergraduate Students

  • New international undergraduate students are required to pay a non-refundable acceptance deposit of $1,000.00. $500.00 is refundable if the student does not register in or withdraws from all Summer Session courses by March 31 or from all Winter Session courses by July 31. No portion of the deposit is refundable after these dates.3
  • Continuing international undergraduate students must pay a non-refundable registration deposit of $100.00.1,2
  • Deposits will be credited toward assessed tuition fees.2

Graduate Students and Senior Citizens

  • Most graduate students and senior citizens do not pay a deposit.

Note: Some programs require an additional portion of the tuition fee to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission. (Students are notified if this is the case).

1Students who have no registration activity may have their deposit refunded. Contact Enrolment Services, 604.822.9836 or 1.877.272.1422.
2The deposit becomes non-refundable immediately upon registration in any course, and cannot be transferred to another session, nor can it be applied to non-refundable student fees (i.e., U-Pass, Medical Insurance).
3Students who have met the above requirement can request a refund. Contact International Student Initiative, 604.822.8999.

Late Payment of Fees

Fees, fines, or other indebtedness to the University (including tuition and student fees, parking fines, library fines, housing and conferences fees) must be paid in full by the Payment Due Dates. Otherwise, students may be placed on Financial Hold and charged an Interest Penalty, in accordance with UBC Policy #67, Late Payment of Fees and Accounts.

If the overdue amount is not paid in full by the first day of the next session, no future session registration will be allowed. Students will remain liable for the outstanding balance, plus all interest assessed up to the date on which the outstanding balance is paid in full.

Subsequent registration for graduate students will be allowed only with the written approval of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Retroactive fees and interest will be assessed prior to registration and must be paid at that time.

Financial Hold

A student may be placed on financial hold as a result of outstanding indebtedness to the University, including tuition and student fees, parking and library fines, and Student Housing & Hospitality Services fees. Please note the following:

  • A processing fee of $35.00 will apply (in addition to the Interest Penalty).
  • No subsequent registration activity will be allowed.
  • No transcripts or diploma will be issued.
  • UBC Student Housing & Hospitality Services may refuse admission to residences, may withdraw residence and dining privileges, and may require a resident to vacate the premises.
  • Parking and Access Control may withdraw parking privileges and tow vehicles.
  • The Library may withdraw borrowing privileges and electronic access.

The financial hold will be removed when the outstanding balance, including all penalties, is paid in full.

Interest Penalty

Interest will be charged at a rate of prime plus 6% per annum. Interest is charged on all outstanding amounts that are past due and is calculated toward the end of each month. Anything else in this section notwithstanding, any amounts charged as penalties for the late payment of fees and accounts (including the Interest Penalty and the processing fee) will not exceed 60% per annum.

Tax Receipts (T2202A, T4A, and Transit Tax Credit)

Students can access their tax receipts (T2202A, T4A, and Transit Tax Credit) at the Student Service Centre.

The following fees qualify for tuition tax credit and will be included on the T2202A:

  • Athletics and Recreation Fee
  • Athletics and Intramurals Fee
  • Dentistry Clinic Fee
  • Dentistry Patient Innovation Fee
  • Dietetics Internship Fee
  • Extended Medical/Dental Fee
  • Graduating Class Fee
  • Pharmacy Practice Fee
  • Visual Arts Studio Fee

For more information on income tax, visit Canada Revenue Agency.

Registration in More Than One Program

For students registered in more than one graduate degree program, fees are assessed for both programs until minimum assessment is reached for the first program. Fees for the second program will continue to be assessed until degree completion.

For students registered in one graduate degree program and one undergraduate program, fees are assessed for both programs until minimum assessment is reached for the graduate program. Undergraduate fees will continue to be assessed.

Students registered in one graduate degree program and as an "unclassified student" will be assessed fees for both programs.

Students in Senate-approved combined degree programs for which a program fee has not been established will be assessed fees for each separate program.

Note: Student fees that are common to more than one of the programs will only be assessed once.

Exchange Students

Undergraduate Formal Exchange Programs

Students visiting UBC, on approved exchange programs under a formal agreement between their home university and UBC, will pay fees to their home university. These fees cover credit courses taken during the Winter Session. Students will be assessed the following student fees:

Student Fee Amount
U-Pass Fee $164.00 per term
iMED $180.00 per academic year, $252.00 per term, or $60.00 per month4
4 Two-term exchange students will be assessed $180.00, and one-term exchange students will be assessed $252.00. Visiting international research students will be assessed a monthly rate of $60.00 up to 6 months (a fraction of a month will be considered a full month).

UBC undergraduate students who are studying elsewhere on approved exchange programs covered by a formal agreement between the two universities (Student Mobility Agreement) must register for the appropriate non-credit exchange activity, and pay UBC tuition fees for 15 credits per term plus student fees for the Winter Session. Students on an approved exchange will not be assessed the U-Pass.

All other UBC students on such exchange programs pay to UBC the normal tuition fees for their program for each term they are away, in addition to student fees.

Universities Graduate Exchange Agreements

Graduate students in good standing and paying tuition fees at one of the following universities can register at UBC as exchange graduate students without paying tuition fees:

  • University of Alberta
  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • McGill University
  • Université de Montréal
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria

Western Deans' Agreement

The Western Deans' Agreement provides an automatic tuition fee waiver for visiting students from participating universities. Under the terms of the agreement, graduate students in good standing from UBC can register in any of the following universities without paying tuition or student fees. Graduate students from the participating universities who wish to attend classes or conduct research at UBC will also not be assessed any tuition or student fees. The following universities are part of the Western Deans' Agreement:

  • University of Alberta
  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Victoria
  • University of British Columbia

Senior Citizens

BC residents who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 65 years or over during the session in which they are registered are not assessed application, tuition, or student fees. The Distance Education administrative fee and some special fees may be assessed.

Fees will be assessed to senior citizens for programs in areas such as Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or any faculty or school where existing facilities and resources are limited. Fees will be assessed to senior citizens for all non-credit courses and certificate programs offered by UBC Continuing Studies. Senior citizens may choose to opt in to AMS fees to be eligible for health and dental plans and the U-Pass. Senior citizens who choose this option must pay all AMS fees. AMS fees with opt-out provisions also apply.

Studying Off-campus or Distance Education

Students not studying on UBC campuses or students registered in all Distance Education courses will not be assessed any student fees, except Distance Education administrative fees.

Domestic or International tuition and fees assessment

For the purpose of tuition and fees, the classification between domestic and international students is based on citizenship/permanent residency.

Domestic student

You will be assessed domestic tuition and fees if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are a Canadian citizen
  • You are a permanent resident of Canada5
  • You have refugee status in Canada
  • Your parent or guardian is a diplomat assigned to Canada

International student

You will be assessed international tuition and fees if you do not meet the criteria for domestic tuition and fees.

If you hold multiple citizenships and one of these is Canadian, you will be assessed as a domestic student.

5If you receive permanent residency in Canada before or on the date that your tuition is due you will be assessed domestic student tuition and fees.

International Student to Permanent Resident Status

If an international student becomes a Permanent Resident on or before the Tuition Fee Payment Due Dates of the term, domestic tuition fees will be assessed for that term.

If an international student becomes a Permanent Resident after the Tuition Fee Payment Due Dates for a current term, international tuition fees will be assessed for that current term and domestic fees will be assessed for subsequent terms.

Please Note: Permanent Resident status is attained as of the "Landed on" date, indicated on the Confirmation of Permanent Residence, not the "Date Issued."

For students who have been given a fee deferment, the tuition fee Payment Due Dates still pertain as the deadline to become a Permanent Resident.

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