Frequently asked questions

Tuition Fees

What do I owe?

You may check your balance online via www.uvic.ca/mypage
  • Go to ‘online tools’,under “Student Services” click on ‘tuition account summary’.
  • Your amount due for the term will show under the Term Balance on your Account Summary.  The difference  between the term charges and term payments should equal the term balance. If there has been a previous term credit , the term balance will be less than the difference between the term charges and payments.

 Please note for online banking payments the payments are posted to the term in which they are received.  

How do I pay a $200 acceptance deposit?

Students are strongly encouraged to use online banking as the most convenient and efficient way to pay their acceptance deposit

UVic does not accept payment by credit card for acceptance deposits

Payment options:

Online banking (bill payment)

From a Canadian financial institution:

Follow the instructions from your financial institution's online bill payment service for setting up a payee and sending a payment. Ensure the payee is set as “University of Victoria Tuition” and the account number is set as your student number (e.g. V00XXXXXX). e-Transfer® (INTERAC e-Transfer) payments via email notification are not accepted by the University. To pay fees electronically, use your financial institution’s online bill payment services.

Please allow at least 1-2 business days for the payment to be processed into your tuition account. Students can check to see if payment has been processed by logging into MyPage

Cheque, money order, bank draft, cash or debit card

In person:

Cash or Interac/debit card payments can be made in person at the tuition fees counter in the University Centre (room A115). Cashier hours are 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If paying by cheque, ensure that your student number is on the front of the cheque. Cheques can be dropped in the cheque slot located to the left of the cashier desk with no waiting.

Reminders:

  • You may encounter long line-ups if paying by cash or debit card close to the payment deadline.
  • All debit cards have daily purchase limits; ensure that your limit is high enough to cover your tuition.

By mail:

Payment can be submitted by mail with a cheque, money order or bank draft to:

University of Victoria
Tuition fees
PO Box 3040, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3N7

  • Ensure that your student number is on the front of the cheque, money order or bank draft and that your payment is made out to “University of Victoria”.
  • Note:  It can take up to 10 business days for payment by mail to be received and processed. Ensure that sufficient time is allowed if you choose to send your payment by mail.

Interac® Online

Only the following banks participate in this payment method
  • Bank of Montreal
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Interior Savings
  • Royal Bank
  • Scotia Bank
  • Envision Financial

Allow at least 1-2 business days for the payment to be processed into your tuition account. Students can check to see if payment has been processed by logging into MyPage.

Wire transfer (for international students only)

If you are making your payment from a bank account outside of Canada and you are not able to use the Western Union GlobalPay for Students option, you may send your payment to the University of Victoria via international wire transfer.  

Wire transfer instructions:

  1. Provide the University of Victoria bank information to your bank:

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
1079 Douglas St
Victoria BC

Transit #08000
Institution #003
Account #000-009-1
Swift ROYCCAT2

  1. Ensure that your bank uses your student ID number and name in the reference field for the wire transfer.
  2. Send a scanned copy of your payment receipt to tuition@uvic.ca to ensure that we are made aware of your payment. Failure to do so will mean it will take longer for your tuition payment to be identified. You are responsible for ensuring that the payment arrives before the payment deadline.
  3. If we receive your payment after the deadline, you will be responsible for paying a 1.5% service charge on the overdue balance.

Reminders:

Routing banks often take a $25 wire transfer fee from your payment, so the amount the University of Victoria receive is less than what you pay.  In order to avoid your payment being short you should include $25 extra in wire transfer payment amount.  However, DO NOT SEND more than this extra $25 in your wire transfer.  Any overpayments will be credited to future tuition and will not be refunded to the student.

If you are calculating currency exchange rates be sure to use the sell exchange rate.

Western Union GlobalPay for Students (for international students only)

UVic has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide international students with a fast and affordable way to make payments from outside of Canada. The Western Union GlobalPay for Students service allows you to arrange payments in your own currency and since exchange rates are secured in advance and funds are transferred locally, you don’t have to worry about currency fluctuations or international wire fees.

Benefits:

  • You make payment in the currency of your choice. This amount is then converted to Canadian dollars.
  • The exchange rate quote is locked in for your payment for 72 hours after the quote is obtained.
  • The exchange rate is competitive when compared to your financial institution’s retail rates, and bank service fees may be reduced since the wire transfer that you initiate is a local transfer.
  • There are NO transaction charges from Western Union or UVic, though you may be charged a transaction fee by your bank.

To make a payment using Western Union GlobalPay for Students:

  1. Access the Western Union GlobalPay for Students system using your UVic student number and preferred contact email address. 
  2. For ’1-Tuition Fees’ enter the amount owing on your tuition account summary.
  3. Select your local currency. The amount owing in your local currency will be automatically calculated.
  4. Select who is making the payment from the ‘Who is Paying’ drop-down list and complete the required payment details fields. If the payer is different from the student, you can enter payer details here. 
  5. Confirm your quote by agreeing to the total cost in your home currency and agree to the conditions.
  6. Payment instructions will be sent to the email address provided. Print the payment instructions, take them to your bank and follow the instructions to transfer the required amount to Western Union Business Solutions. Note:  the payment must be completed within 72 hours. If the 72 hour period has elapsed and you have not made the payment at your bank, go back to the Western Union GlobalPay for Students site to obtain a new quote. The expiry date is noted on the payment instructions page

For students paying from India and Korea:

  • Simply follow the steps above. Your payment instructions will direct you to make your payment through a specific bank in your home country.

For students paying from China:

  • There are three different options to make a payment to Western Union Business Solutions (click here for more details on these options). Simply follow the steps above and choose your payment option when selecting your local currency on the GlobalPay for Students website.

Once funds have been transferred to Western Union, they will be credited to your UVic account in Canadian dollars. No fees will be charged by UVic or Western Union Business Solutions when using this service, though your bank may charge a fee to make the local currency transfer.  However, DO NOT SEND more than the tuition you are charged.  Any overpayments will be credited to future tuition and will not be refunded to the student. 

*See the GlobalPay for Students FAQ page for answers to some common questions.*

How can I pay my tuition fees?

Students are strongly encouraged to use online banking as the most convenient and efficient way to pay their acceptance deposit

UVic does not accept payment by credit card for tuition fees

Payment options:

Online banking (bill payment)

From a Canadian financial institution:

Follow the instructions from your financial institution's online bill payment service for setting up a payee and sending a payment. Ensure the payee is set as “University of Victoria Tuition” and the account number is set as your student number (e.g. V00XXXXXX). e-Transfer® (INTERAC e-Transfer) payments via email notification are not accepted by the University. To pay fees electronically, use your financial institution’s online bill payment services.

Please allow at least 1-2 business days for the payment to be processed into your tuition account. Students can check to see if payment has been processed by logging into MyPage

Cheque, money order, bank draft, cash or debit card

In person:

Cash or Interac/debit card payments can be made in person at the tuition fees counter in the University Centre (room A115). Cashier hours are 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If paying by cheque, ensure that your student number is on the front of the cheque. Cheques can be dropped in the cheque slot located to the left of the cashier desk with no waiting.

Reminders:

  • You may encounter long line-ups if paying by cash or debit card close to the payment deadline.
  • All debit cards have daily purchase limits; ensure that your limit is high enough to cover your tuition.

By mail:

Payment can be submitted by mail with a cheque, money order or bank draft to:

University of Victoria
Tuition fees
PO Box 3040, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3N7

  • Ensure that your student number is on the front of the cheque, money order or bank draft and that your payment is made out to “University of Victoria”.
  • Note:  It can take up to 10 business days for payment by mail to be received and processed. Ensure that sufficient time is allowed if you choose to send your payment by mail.

Interac® Online

Only the following banks participate in this payment method
  • Bank of Montreal
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Interior Savings
  • Royal Bank
  • Scotia Bank
  • Envision Financial

Allow at least 1-2 business days for the payment to be processed into your tuition account. Students can check to see if payment has been processed by logging into MyPage.

Wire transfer (for international students only)

If you are making your payment from a bank account outside of Canada and you are not able to use the Western Union GlobalPay for Students option, you may send your payment to the University of Victoria via international wire transfer.  

Wire transfer instructions:

  1. Provide the University of Victoria bank information to your bank:

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
1079 Douglas St
Victoria BC

Transit #08000
Institution #003
Account #000-009-1
Swift ROYCCAT2

  1. Ensure that your bank uses your student ID number and name in the reference field for the wire transfer.
  2. Send a scanned copy of your payment receipt to tuition@uvic.ca to ensure that we are made aware of your payment. Failure to do so will mean it will take longer for your tuition payment to be identified. You are responsible for ensuring that the payment arrives before the payment deadline.
  3. If we receive your payment after the deadline, you will be responsible for paying a 1.5% service charge on the overdue balance.

Reminders:

Routing banks often take a $25 wire transfer fee from your payment, so the amount the University of Victoria receive is less than what you pay.  In order to avoid your payment being short you should include $25 extra in wire transfer payment amount.  However, DO NOT SEND more than this extra $25 in your wire transfer.  Any overpayments will be credited to future tuition and will not be refunded to the student.

If you are calculating currency exchange rates be sure to use the sell exchange rate.

Western Union GlobalPay for Students (for international students only)

UVic has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide international students with a fast and affordable way to make payments from outside of Canada. The Western Union GlobalPay for Students service allows you to arrange payments in your own currency and since exchange rates are secured in advance and funds are transferred locally, you don’t have to worry about currency fluctuations or international wire fees.

Benefits:

  • You make payment in the currency of your choice. This amount is then converted to Canadian dollars.
  • The exchange rate quote is locked in for your payment for 72 hours after the quote is obtained.
  • The exchange rate is competitive when compared to your financial institution’s retail rates, and bank service fees may be reduced since the wire transfer that you initiate is a local transfer.
  • There are NO transaction charges from Western Union or UVic, though you may be charged a transaction fee by your bank.

To make a payment using Western Union GlobalPay for Students:

  1. Access the Western Union GlobalPay for Students system using your UVic student number and preferred contact email address. 
  2. For ’1-Tuition Fees’ enter the amount owing on your tuition account summary.
  3. Select your local currency. The amount owing in your local currency will be automatically calculated.
  4. Select who is making the payment from the ‘Who is Paying’ drop-down list and complete the required payment details fields. If the payer is different from the student, you can enter payer details here. 
  5. Confirm your quote by agreeing to the total cost in your home currency and agree to the conditions.
  6. Payment instructions will be sent to the email address provided. Print the payment instructions, take them to your bank and follow the instructions to transfer the required amount to Western Union Business Solutions. Note:  the payment must be completed within 72 hours. If the 72 hour period has elapsed and you have not made the payment at your bank, go back to the Western Union GlobalPay for Students site to obtain a new quote. The expiry date is noted on the payment instructions page

For students paying from India and Korea:

  • Simply follow the steps above. Your payment instructions will direct you to make your payment through a specific bank in your home country.

For students paying from China:

  • There are three different options to make a payment to Western Union Business Solutions (click here for more details on these options). Simply follow the steps above and choose your payment option when selecting your local currency on the GlobalPay for Students website.

Once funds have been transferred to Western Union, they will be credited to your UVic account in Canadian dollars. No fees will be charged by UVic or Western Union Business Solutions when using this service, though your bank may charge a fee to make the local currency transfer.  However, DO NOT SEND more than the tuition you are charged.  Any overpayments will be credited to future tuition and will not be refunded to the student. 

*See the GlobalPay for Students FAQ page for answers to some common questions.*

When are tuition fees due?

  • 1st term (September-December) fees are due September 30th. A 1.5% service charge annualized at 19.56% will be added if the account is not paid on or by the due date
  • 2nd term (January-April) fees are due January 31st. The monthly service charge is applicable as above.
  • Summer term (May-August) fees are due May 31st. The monthly service charge is applicable as above.
  • You can pay your full year with one payment in September.
  • Failure to pay full 1st term fees by October 31st or 2nd term fees by February 28th can result in cancellation of course registrations.

How can I print a statement of tuition fees and payments?

Your Tuition Account Summary can be used as an official statement or proof of payment for education savings plans, bank loans, student visas, employers and scholarship or bursary applications.

Sign into your account at : Sign in to UVic

  • Sign in to UVic with your Netlink ID
  • Select Online tools > Student Services >Tuition account summary
  • Choose the term you need a statement for and select print

I have a credit on my Account, can I request a refund?

You may request a refund if you have a credit balance on your account or you may leave the funds on your account for a future term at which point they will be automatically applied against any new charges.

  • Refunds are sent by cheque to the current mailing address on your student file. To avoid delays in issuing your refund, please ensure your mailing address is correct on your ‘MyPage’ under personal profile prior to contacting the tuition fee office. Refunds may take 2-3 weeks to arrive.
  • If your payment has been sent via wire transfer or Western Union Global pay, a credit will be refunded by wire transfer. There are no exceptions.
  • If you have made an online banking payment in error to the University, please contact your bank directly to recall the payment.
  • Refunds for payments made by cheque will have a waiting period of 20 business days prior to processing a refund. If payment has been made in US funds there will be a 45 business day waiting period.  

What should I do with my Passport to Education?

Bring your passport to the Tuition Fees office in the University Centre as soon as possible. It will reduce your term fees. If you wait until late in the month you will encounter long line-ups.

I won the Provincial Scholarship of $1000.00. Will this be taken off my fees?

No. Your registration has to be validated on the back of the voucher by the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office. It is your responsibility to submit this to the Ministry of Education (the address is on the back of the voucher) who will send you the money directly.

I won an award from UVic. Will this be taken off my tuition fees?

Undergrad Students:
  • Yes, awards from UVic are automatically put into your student account towards your tuition fees on the first day of classes.
Graduate Students:
  • Only a small number of graduate awards are credited to tuition accounts. Please refer to your notice of award for particulars regarding the method of payment. 

How do I opt out of GSS and UVSS extended health and dental plan?

Students with existing coverage may choose to opt-out of the extended health and/or dental plan(s) by the opt out deadlines noted below.  Your tuition fee account will be credited by the amount of the health/dental plan when your opt out is approved by the Students’ Society.

  • Undergraduate students online opt out.  Opt out by September 22nd (or January 22 if you begin taking courses in January). The UVSS contact number is 250-721-8355.
  • Graduate students online opt out.  Opt out by September 30 (or by January 31 if you begin taking coures in January). The GSS contact number is 250-721-8816.

Tax forms

Please note that the University cannot provide tax advice. Whether you are able to take advantage of the following tax slips depends upon your individual circumstances. To find out more about the credits and your eligibility, you should consult a tax professional and/or the appropriate Canada Revenue Agency website publications.

  • T2202A: Tax credit amount for the eligible tuition and fees paid for a  calendar year
  • T4A: applies to students who have received bursary, scholarship, awards, third party payments or other funding
  • Transit tax credit: if you have been assessed the UPass fee print your Account Summary by Term as an official receipt for CRA
  • T4: only issued to those students employed by UVic

Tax slips are available every February for the previous taxation year and are available online.

Sign into UVic, go to My online tools, under 'Student Services' click 'Download tax slips', click 'Finances' tab, then click 'Slips for Income Tax Return'.  Please ensure you print the Printable T2202A Form (PDF) version for CRA and do not use the viewable version as it is not the official form.    

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Tuition Fees or 250-721-7032.

I have questions about the Western Union GlobalPay for Students service.

  • For information and instructions on how to use the Western Union GlobalPay for Students service, see the payment methods webpage.
  • You can also refer to the GlobalPay for Students FAQ page to address the common questions that students may have.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

Please be aware that there are deadlines for fee reductions for dropped courses.  Check the fees section of the calendar for specific drop dates.