UCalgary is excited to begin offering self-service payment plans for all students as of fall 2021. Students have told us they want more flexibility around payment deadlines, and we're happy to provide a new payment plan option based on your feedback.
As of fall 2021 eligible students can pay their tuition fees in monthly instalments over the course of a semester, rather than all at once by the tuition and fee payment deadline. While our payment methods will remain the same, this new payment plan option will allow students to have more flexibility when paying their tuition and general fees.
Note: residence fees can't be included in this payment plan.
All student groups are eligible to opt-in to a payment plan as of fall 2021, regardless of the program they're enrolled in. To enrol in the payment plan program, students must have paid off all past due fees, and fee notices need to be cleared from their account.
Note: Students can sign up for a payment plan one semester at a time.
Students must also be assessed a minimum amount of tuition and general fees to qualify for a payment plan in a semester:
|Term||Minimum tuition amount||Administrative fee*|
|Fall 2021 semester||$500||$40|
|Winter 2022 semester||$500||$40|
|Spring 2022 semester||$250||$20|
|Summer 2022 semester||$250||$20|
*Note: Thesis-based graduate students are exempt from paying this fee.
Plan terms and conditions
Payment instalments for all plans are due on the 30 day of the month, except in Feb. when payments are due the last day of the month.
Undergraduates, MD, PGME, and course-based graduate students:
The payment plan will spread your tuition and general fees into three instalments for a fall or winter plan, and two instalments for a spring or summer plan. The administrative fee is non-refundable.
Graduate students in thesis-based programs:
Your payment plan will have four instalments for a fall or winter plan (rather than three) and you won't be assessed the administrative fee for enrolling in a payment plan.
Dates and deadlines
Beginning fall 2021, students will be able to set up a payment plan approximately 30 days prior to the start of the term. Only one payment plan will be visible to enrol each term. The deadline to opt into a payment plan is by the tuition and fee payment deadline for the term. Refer to the academic calendar for current tuition and fee payment deadlines.
When paying your instalments, you must take processing time into account to ensure your fees are paid by the deadline. This will help you avoid holds or late interest.
Payment plan opening dates
Date enrolment begins
Payment plan term
|Deadline to apply|
MD (UME), including PGME residents/fellows
|Sept. 24, 2021|
Graduate students (course- and thesis-based) and all undergraduate students (BHSc included)
|Sept. 24, 2021|
|Jan. 28, 2022|
Note: payment plan due dates and payment instalments can't be customized.
Your current plan is not impacted. Continue to pay your monthly instalments, as you see them listed under the payment plan link or account inquiry section in your Student Center (my.ucalgary.ca).
After your payment plan is complete, you may be eligible to enrol in a new plan for fall 2021 as long as you meet the eligibility details listed on this webpage.
The self-service payment plan is for tuition and general fees only. Students with residence charges aren't eligible to enrol in a payment plan to pay residence fees in instalments. Please visit Residence Services for residence fee information.
Your account must be in good standing to be eligible for a payment plan. If you pay all past due fees prior to the term fee deadline, you'll be eligible to enrol in a payment plan by the deadline for the current term as long as you meet all eligibility criteria.
If you want to cancel your plan, you can pay the full balance of your payment plan fees instead of making monthly instalment payments. The administrative fee is non-refundable.
Note: graduate students in thesis-based programs are exempt from paying the administration fee.
Students should determine in advance of enrolling for a plan if a payment plan option is best for them. International students who don't have Canadian bank accounts could potentially pay a service fee for each payment plan instalment, so they should consider payment options and processing times before enrolling in a payment plan for the term.
If you drop all of your courses, the impact to your fees depends on the program you're in.
Your payment plan instalments will drop to zero, but you'll continue to owe the non-refundable administrative fee.
Course-based graduate students
Your tuition fees will be reduced to zero, but your payment plan will still be calculating based on your general fees for the term. If you drop all of your courses because you'd like to withdraw from your program, make sure to submit a voluntary withdrawal form to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Thesis-based graduate students
Your tuition fees aren't normally linked to course registration, so your payment plan is unlikely to change. If you drop all of your courses because you'd like to withdraw from your program, make sure to submit a voluntary withdrawal form to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
It's recommended you wait to enrol in a payment plan until after your registration is finalized for the term. Your payment plan instalments automatically adjust if your fees are reduced due to dropping courses, opting out of health/dental fees, and so on. You can check your payment plan instalment due dates under the Payment Plans section in the My Financials section of your Student Centre. Contact Enrolment Services if you have questions about your payment plan charges or payments. You can also review our how-to guide for help with reading your student account.
The administrative fee contributes to the administrative costs for providing and supporting this payment plan option for all students.
Note: graduate students in thesis-based programs are exempt from the administration fee because of the nature of their UCalgary-administered funding.
The self-serve payment plan option is only for one term at a time. Students can choose to enrol in a fall-only payment plan and then a winter-only payment plan when enrolment opens for the winter term.