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Payment Methods

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 and related fees, or Students' Union 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 are encouraged to 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.

Tuition deposits are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another semester or program entry point.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice. Please refer to the web site for updated information.

Credit Based Undergraduate Programs (includes career and technical programs)

Fall and Spring Semester Tuition Deposits

Students who are new to the University or who are changing programs are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable tuition deposit (usually $200). This deposit is generally due three weeks after the offer of admission and is applied towards tuition. Students continuing from one academic year to the next, in the same program of studies are not required to pay a tuition deposit, however if they withdraw from all courses at any time in the first two weeks of Fall or Spring Semester they will be assessed a fee of $200.

Summer Session Deposits

There is no tuition deposit required for summer session; however, if a student withdraws from all courses on the first or second day of the term, they will be assessed a fee of $200.

Balance of Tuition Fees

For academic 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. Students who do not pay their fees by the tuition payment deadline will be withdrawn from their courses.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. Some limited entry programs require a tuition deposit higher than $200. Students admitted to limited entry programs will receive a letter outlining specific amount and due dates for the deposit and the balance of fees.

Professional Development and Training and English as a Second Language programs

Full fees are due and payable at the time of registration.

Academic and Career Preparation programs

There is no tuition deposit charged to students in Literacy and Adult Basic Education programs. Fees are due two 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.

Trades and Applied Technology Programs

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.

Graduate Courses and Programs

Students will be notified when tuition deposits and all other fees are due.

Tuition Refunds

International Students: please refer to the Refund Policy for International Students.

General regulations regarding refunds

  1. Tuition deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  2. Refunds are calculated from the date on which the official withdrawal is received in the Registration Centre.
  3. Unpaid fines and other amounts owing will be deducted from the refund.
  4. Students required to withdraw due to violation of the Student Conduct Policy are not entitled to any refund.

Credit-based Undergraduate,Career and Technology, and Trades and Applied Technology:

  1. 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 refund—full fees assessed and payable.
  2. Refunds for other academic sessions will be pro-rated based on the length of the session.

English as a Second Language, Academic and Career Preparation, and Access programs:

  1. 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;
    • after the second week of the semester: no refund—full fees assessed and payable.
    • Refunds for other academic sessions will be pro-rated based on the length of the session.

Professional Development and Training 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.

Study Abroad

Different policies apply for Study Abroad programs. See VIU Education Abroad.


Updated Date: November 30, 2016

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