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Fees Policy

Fees Due

The application fee ($150.00) is due with your application. If you are applying for homestay, the homestay placement fees listed below are due before we place you with a family. Other fees, including tuition fees, are due in time for registration. Please refer to your letter of acceptance for details of fees due. Fees vary according to a student's final registration.

Note: All students are required to pay tuition fees in effect for the semester of registration. Early payment of fees does not exempt a student from future fee increases.


Fee Deferral Policy

As noted above, new students arriving from overseas are required to pay a two-semester tuition deposit, and are expected to use this entire amount in the two semesters immediately following their arrival in Canada. Students may request that part of the deposit (not exceeding the cost of one three-credit course) be moved to a third consecutive semester, but this request must be made at the time students register for their second semester and may or may not be approved. Students are not usually allowed to move part of their tuition deposit to a fourth or fifth semester, but on the rare occasions where such permission is granted, a deferral fee of $500.00 will be charged.


Bonding Arrangements

Bonding arrangements are in place to protect students (in academic programs) who pay tuition fees in advance to Columbia College. The College posts bonds with the Ministry of Education (for students in the Secondary program) and with the Ministry of Advanced Education of B.C. (for students in the Associate Degree/University Transfer Programs) as security for fees paid in advance to the College.

Tuition fees paid for full-time English (ESL) programs are offered protection under arrangements made by Languages Canada with member schools.


Refund Policy

The table below contains a summary of Columbia College’s refund policy. For full details, please refer to the calendar.

  Category of Student
Time of Refund Request New International Arrivals – required to pay Tuition Deposit equivalent to cost of 24 credits New International Arrival coming to Columbia College through the Student Partners Program - required to pay Tuition Deposit equivalent to cost of 24 credits*. Continuing Students and Local Transfer Students. Includes New International Arrivals beyond 2nd semester and all other students.
Category 1: Before Registration

100% Refund of Tuition Deposit if Study Permit is denied.

100% Refund of Tuition Deposit less $500 if decision is made for other reason than denial of Study Permit.

100% Refund of Tuition Deposit if Study Permit is denied.

100% Refund of Tuition Deposit less $200 if decision is made for other reason than denial of Study Permit so long as student does not enter Canada using Letter of Admission from Columbia College. If student has entered Canada using Columbia’s Letter – no refund or deferral of the Tuition Deposit.

Students with Study Permits – full refund of tuition fees paid less $200 penalty.

Students who pay fees in order to get a letter from the College in order to extend a Study permit are treated as Category 2.

Category 2: After Registration but Before Classes Start

Full Refund of Tuition Deposit less 25% of Tuition deposit if student withdraws completely from College.

No refund or deferral of the Tuition Deposit. Full Refund of Tuition Fees less 25% penalty (of fees due).
Category 3: In First Week of Semester

Full Refund of Tuition Deposit less 50% of Tuition Deposit if student withdraws from College.

Students who withdraw from a single course may apply to have a (non-refundable) 50% credit for the course applied to their account.

No refund or deferral of the Tuition Deposit.

Full Refund of Tuition Fees less 50% penalty (of fees due).

Category 4: After First Week of Semester

No Refund of the Tuition Deposit.

No refund or deferral of the Tuition Deposit.

No Refund of Tuition Fees.

* Under exceptional circumstances students in this category may be allowed to carry a portion of their tuition deposit (so long as this is less than $1500.00, the cost of a regular 3 credit course) over to a third successive semester. This carryover is not automatic but must be requested at the time the student registers for his/her third semester. The College reserves the right to deny such requests.