Payment of Fees
Tuition Deposit, Tuition Fees, and other fees.
International students: please see International Student Fees.
Tuition payments will be accepted by cash, money order, Interac direct payment, personal cheque, or via online banking. Credit cards are not accepted for payment of tuition, Students' Union fees, or student activity fees. Application fees, tuition deposits, and fees for registration services, e.g. transcripts, duplicate diplomas, etc. can be paid by credit card. Additionally, parking, health and dental insurance, and residence fees can be paid with a credit card. Students who are unable to pay tuition and cannot obtain financial assistance or sponsorship should check with the Financial Aid & Awards office for further information. VIU reserves the right to cancel registration or withdraw an offer of admission to students who do not pay fees when required.
All fees are subject to change without prior notice. Please refer to the web site for updated information.
Students who are new to the University or who are changing programs are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable $200 tuition deposit. This deposit is generally due three weeks after the offer of admission and is applied towards tuition.
Summer Session Deposits
A $200 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit is required from all students who register for a Summer Session term. A separate $200 deposit is required for each term – both May and June. Check the Summer Session page for specific due dates for the Summer Session deposits.
Balance of Tuition Fees
For diploma and degree programs, the balance of fees will be due two weeks after the start of the semester. The balance of fees for Summer Session courses will be due at the end of the first week of classes. For specific dates, check the Summer Session page. Students who do not pay their fees by the tuition payment deadline will be withdrawn from their courses.
Limited Entry Programs - Deposits and Balance of Fees
In the case of programs with limited seat availability, failure to pay the deposit will render the offer of admission null and void. Deposits are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another semester or program entry point. Students admitted to limited entry programs will receive a letter outlining specific due dates for the $200 deposit and the balance of fees.
Full fees are due and payable at the time of registration.
No tuition fees are charged for Literacy and Adult Basic Education courses; however, students are required to pay Students Union and Student Activity fees. Fees are due four weeks after the start of the semester.
Students enrolled in Access Programs pay a deposit of $200 by August 1; the balance of fees is due by October 1.
A $200 non-refundable tuition deposit is due and payable upon notification of acceptance into a program. This deposit may not be transferred to another semester or program entry point. Tuition fees are due in full prior to commencement of all Trades & Applied Technology programs. Students will be notified of the date when fees are due.
Students will be notified when fees are due.
International Students: please refer to the Refund Policy for International Students.
General regulations regarding refunds
- Tuition deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
- Refunds are calculated from the date on which the official withdrawal is received in the Registration Centre.
- Unpaid fines and other amounts owing will be deducted from the refund.
- Students required to withdraw due to violation of the Student Conduct Policy are not entitled to any refund.
Career and Technology, English as a Second Language, University, Trades and Applied Technology, and Access programs
- Tuition refunds will be based on the following scale for Fall and Spring semesters:
- up to the end of the second week of the semester: 100% refund, less $200;
- after the second week of the semester: no refundfull fees assessed and payable.
For purposes of definition, a 3-hour evening course is equivalent to one week of instruction.
- Refunds for other academic sessions will be pro-rated based on the length of the session.
Continuing Education courses
For most courses, fees are refundable if you withdraw at least seven days before the course starts. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for partial refunds. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines.
Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable Tuition, Application, and/or Material Fees.
A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.
Different policies apply for Study Abroad programs. Please see viu.ca/educationabroad.
Updated: February 8, 2013