Tuition, fees and budgeting

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How much will it cost?

Tuition will likely be your single biggest cost while attending university or college. However, the total cost of your education depends on factors such as:

  • How many classes you take
  • How you get around (car, bus, bike, etc.)
  • Where you live
  • Where (and what) you eat
Looking for this year's tuition schedule? View undergraduate and graduate fees effective May 1, 2017 online.

Tuition fee estimator

Use the estimating tool to get an idea of your UVic tuition and student fees, then take a look at the many ways to fund your education, from scholarships and bursaries to co-op jobs and work study positions.

The tuition fee estimator provides a preliminary estimate for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in full-time studies. Actual tuition fees may vary and are subject to change.

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In addition to offering scholarship, bursary and work study programs, Student Awards and Financial Aid provides information about other funding sources, expected costs and strategies for balancing your budget.

Important dates and deadlines

It is very important to ensure that payment is received by the appropriate deadlines listed in this chart. You're encouraged to pay online to ensure payment is processed promptly. Contact the appropriate office if you have any questions or need to discuss payment alternatives:

Fee Deadline
University of Victoria acceptance deposit June 1, 2017
Residence Services room acceptance See details
Residence Services first-term (in full) August 1, 2017
Last day for 100% reduction of tuition for first-term and full-year courses September 19, 2017
Last day to pay first-term tuition and student fees without interest charges. September 30, 2017
Residence Services second-term acceptance (non-refundable) October 1, 2017
Last day for 50% reduction of tuition for first-term courses. 100% of tuition will be charged for courses dropped after this date. October 10, 2017
Residence Services second-term (in full) November 15, 2017
Last day for 100% reduction of tuition for second-term courses January 19, 2018
Last day to pay second-term tuition without interest charges. January 31, 2018
Last day for 50% reduction of tuition for second-term courses. 100% of fees will be charged for courses dropped after this date. February 6, 2018

Cost of living on or off campus

For information on paying residence fees, visit the Residence Services site.

Estimated room and board costs for 8 months:

Service Cost ($)
On-campus dormitory: single room (includes meal plan) 10,064
On-campus dormitory: double room (includes meal plan) 8,811
Off-campus (moderate standard of living according to Student Aid BC)* 12,376

*Average cost for a Canadian student living away from home pursuing a Bachelor of Arts program based on the Moderate Standard of Living Guidelines set by the Ministry of Advanced Education. Please visit Residence Services for exact costs. All fee information is current as of June 2017.

How will I pay?

There are many ways you can fund your education at UVic from your personal savings, to loans, and on-campus work. UVic offers a number of financial supports and can assist you in applying for government loans and grants.

Source How?

Your savings, your part-time earnings, your summer job.


Talk to anyone who may be helping finance your education: parents, other relatives, and significant others.

Student loans
  • Government: The federal government’s Canada Student Loan program is administered in conjunction with provincial and territorial governments. 

  • Banks: Unlike the government loans, banks charge interest while the student is in school.

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UVic has recognized excellence through the generous scholarship program

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UVic offers a generous bursary program for student in financial need.

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Work-study program

Eligible students may apply for UVic's work-study program which provides additional financial assistance through on-campus part-time employment opportunities - up to 340 hours per year - for students with documented financial need. 

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Looking for graduate student financial aid and funding? View graduate financial aid and funding on the Graduate Studies site.

Budgeting resources

Budgeting doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can help prevent financial anxiety as the term progresses.

Make sure your budget is flexible changes in your financial. It's important to save some money for emergencies or a rainy day. A budget is a simple way for you to organize and manage your money to ensure that it lasts for your entire academic year.