Tuition and fees

We want your academic work to challenge you, not your finances. Fortunately, graduate students at UVic benefit from modest tuition fees and a range of funding supports. These pages are designed to highlight some of the costs associated with graduate studies at UVic and to streamline your financial planning.

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Application fees and acceptance deposits

Application fees

Your application for admission cannot be processed until your application fee is received. You will be prompted to pay this fee by credit card as part of the online application process.

Application fees for graduate students are published in the graduate academic calendar:

  • Domestic application fee - all transcripts arriving from institutions within Canada
  • International application fee - any transcripts arriving from institutions outside of Canada

These fees are non-refundable and will not be counted toward your tuition. 

Acceptance deposits

Some academic units may require payment of an acceptance deposit. This deposit is non-refundable, but will be credited to your first term fees upon registration. Please contact the graduate secretary for your program to see if this applies to you.

Tuition fees and payments

About graduate tuition at UVic

For degree students at the graduate level, tuition is assessed as a total degree program fee, not as a per course fee. Payment of the fee is broken down into “fee installments.” You will be charged an installment for every term you are registered in a degree program. Fees are assessed in September, January and May.

Please note that minimum fee installments apply, regardless of your degree level or program timeline. For full details, consult the Regulations Concerning Tuition Fees for Graduate Programs.

Current fees

  • For current fees, see the tuition and fees schedule. You will be assessed domestic fees if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. International fees will be assessed if you are studying on a student visa.
  • In addition to tuition, you are required to pay other (ancillary) fees as part of student life at UVic and must arrange for appropriate medical insurance
  • If you are studying at UVic as a non-degree student, you will pay for individual courses on a per-unit basis.

Please note:

  • Students enrolled in the graduate co-op program will pay a work term fee in addition to program and other student fees.
  • Students who remain registered after exceeding the time limit for their degree (normally five years for a master's degree and seven years for a doctoral degree) will be assessed a program extension fee at the regular tuition rate per term.

Tuition and Fees FAQs

Graduate Student Tuition Income Offset Plan

You have the option of participating in a Tuition Income Offset Plan to assist you in aligning the payment of your tuition with your award and/or employment income.  The plan allows you to pay tuition in four instalments over each four-month term and have the payments taken automatically from your bank account.

Full details, deadlines and the authorization form are available from Accounting Services.

Completion Postponement Fee Adjustment (CPFA)

Students who have defended their project, thesis or dissertation within the first 15 days of a term may be eligible for the Completion Postponement Fee Adjustment ($250) in lieu of a full tuition fee payment.

To be eligible, students must be registered in the term in which the defense takes place, and have paid their minimum program fee instalments prior to that term. Final documents must be received in GARO by the final business day of the month.

Students making use of the CPFA will not be eligible for graduation in the term in which they defend. Students completing under the provisions of the CPFA in September or January will graduate in the spring, and students completing under CPFA in May will graduate in the fall.

Student (ancillary) fees

As part of student life at UVic, all students are required to pay some universal (ancillary) fees in addition to their tuition. A list of ancillary fees is published in the graduate academic calendar.

See the Graduate Students’ Society for information on opting out of the extended health or dental plans.

Consult the Graduate Students’ Society for the very limited conditions for opting out of the U-Pass bus pass plan.

Medical insurance

All students are required to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies in Canada. The Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) provides a mandatory extended health plan and dental insurance plan (in addition to regular MSP coverage) for full-time graduate students. See the Graduate Students’ Society for information on health plan and dental coverage.

Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc. (Aon) is UVic’s approved emergency medical insurance provider for the waiting period. You can enrol for these services online. The extended health insurance included in your student fees is not a substitute for emergency health insurance or BC MSP.

International students: for more information on medical insurance requirements for international students, visit the International and Exchange Student Services website.

BC residents (including international students): you must be covered by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP). There is a waiting period for new applicants, so you should arrange for emergency health insurance from an alternate provider before you arrive in BC. 

Residents of another Canadian province: you may choose to stay with your home province medical plan. Please contact your provincial medical plan office for details: contact information is listed on the GSS website.

Other costs and budgeting

In addition to program and ancillary fees, financial considerations such as where and how you will live while you study and additional expenses including transportation, technology, travel, books and food all have to be factored in.

To give you some idea of what to expect, these resources offer a starting place:

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