Tuition & 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. Students are advised to consult the Academic Calendar regularly for updated information.

Student fees include fees authorized by student referendum, the UBC Board of Governors, and other student societies and organizations. Student fees are due annually and charged to all students. Fees are calculated according to full- or part-time status, session, and study level. Some student fees have opt-out provisions.

Tuition fee deferments

If you submitted your StudentAidBC application by July 31 and you are eligible for sufficient loan funds to pay your tuition and fees, you will automatically be granted a tuition deferment. Eligible students will have fees deferred one month after the tuition fee deadline in September or January.

Deferments do not cover your registration deposit.

If you applied by July 31 for assistance through other provinces or the U.S. Stafford Loan Program, or if you can document exceptional circumstances for submitting late loan applications (e.g. family emergency, medical disability), contact Student Records & Financial Services to request deferment.

Verify your deferment

You can verify that your deferment has been processed by accessing your fee information on the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Students are responsible for checking their fee due dates.

Late payment of fees

Your fees must be paid in full by the payment due dates. Otherwise, students may be placed on financial hold, charged a processing fee and charged an interest penalty. The financial hold will be removed when the outstanding balance, including penalties, is paid in full.

Financial hold overview

A student may be placed on financial hold as a result of outstanding fees, including tuition and student fees, parking and library fees, and Student Housing & Hospitality Service fees.

What happens when you’re on financial hold?

  • Registration will be blocked
  • A $35.00 processing fee will be assessed
  • Interest will be assessed at the end of every month
  • Ordering transcripts and diplomas will be unavailable
  • 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 may withdraw parking privileges and tow vehicles
  • The Library may withdraw borrowing privileges and electronic access
  • Accounts severely past due can be sent to a collection agency

What registration activities will be blocked

  • New course registration
  • Registration in course wait lists
  • Switching course sections
  • Viewing your grades summary
  • Ordering transcripts

Things that don’t happen when you’re on financial hold

  • You will not automatically be dropped from your classes
  • Your professors will not be notified

What to do if you’re on financial hold

The financial hold will be removed when the outstanding balance, including penalties, is paid in full. You should try to pay as soon as possible to avoid being charged further interest. The financial hold will only be removed once the payment has been processed by UBC.

Interest penalty

Interest will be charged at a rate of prime plus six percent per annum. Interest is charged on all outstanding amounts that are past due and is calculated toward the end of each month and will not exceed 60% per annum.

How to calculate interest charged

To find the interest charged at the end of each month follow the instructions below:

  1. Find the rate of prime
  2. Add six percent to the rate of prime to get your interest per year
  3. Divide your interest per year by 12 months
  4. This will be the interest charged on all outstanding amounts past due

Tuition adjustment or refund

If you have received an academic concession or have withdrawn from a course under extraordinary and extenuating circumstances, you may be eligible for a tuition adjustment or refund. This includes but is not limited to medical and compassionate grounds.

Tuition adjustments or refunds are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Tuition Appeals Committee. Allow at least four weeks for a decision.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you should meet one of the following criteria:

And all of the following:

  • Apply within one year of your course(s) academic term or session end date; AND
  • Have documentation of an extraordinary medical or personal circumstance that prevented you from attending classes or successfully completing the academic term or session. This may include, but is not limited to:
    • a doctor’s note
    • hospital records
    • death certificate
    • letter from a registered counsellor

Application

If you are eligible, email Student Services at srfs.ubco@ubc.ca with the subject heading: Tuition Adjustment/Refund Request with your documentation.

If you are no longer a UBC student

If there is a tuition credit showing on your Student Service Centre (SSC) account in your “Financial Summary”, please contact Student Records & Financial Services directly to request a refund.

Your tuition credits may be removed from the Student Service Centre (SSC) after 3 years of inactivity. If you believe you have a tuition credit but cannot locate it on the SSC, search for your name in the Unclaimed Tuition Credit Portal and follow the instructions provided. Note that credit balances of $5 or less will not be refunded, but can be applied towards future UBC payments.

If your tuition credit is under $200, UBC will not notify you about it. If the credit is $200 or more and you have not requested a refund for three years, UBC will attempt to notify you using the email address you most recently provided. If you did not provide an email address, UBC will send a letter to your last known mailing address. Please update your personal information if it is incorrect. It is your responsibility for keeping your contact information up to date.

Under the BC Unclaimed Property Act, after at least 3 years, your tuition credit will be considered “unclaimed property”. You will then have an additional period of 6 to 30 years to request a refund of your tuition credit—the length of the period depends on the size of the credit.

Tuition Refund Request

If at anytime, you have a credit balance on your tuition account, you can request a Tuition Refund by:

Student Services
University Centre 206Z (second floor front desk)
Tel: 250 807 9100
Email: srfs.ubco@ubc.ca