Important notice regarding COVID-19: please read before registering for a program or class Details
Tuition and Fees
In response to COVID-19, SAIT has suspended the Universal Transit Pass (UPass) and Recreation fees for students for the upcoming Summer and Fall terms. Additionally, the maximum amount charged to students for the SAIT Student Association fee has been reduced to $83.89 from $143.89.
With the health and safety of our students and employees top of mind, SAIT is following the Government of Alberta’s guidance specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please refer to sait.ca/covid19 for the most up-to-date information on SAIT's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
In October 2019, the Government of Alberta changed public policy and ended the five-year tuition freeze put in place by the previous government, allowing domestic tuition to increase to a maximum of 7% per year at the institutional level, with no single program tuition allowed to increase by more than 10% in one year.
SAIT has reviewed its tuition and fees, domestic and international, in comparison to local, national and international programs, and the SAIT Board of Governors has approved increases.
An increase in tuition and fees ensures programs, equipment and instruction remain relevant and SAIT students continue to be job-ready at graduation, with a credential valued among the best. Increases to tuition will be effective for the 2020/21 academic year and are available in the fee table for domestic students and the fee table for international students.
Two new student fees are being introduced to enhance technology services and student support. These fees will be a part of students’ annual SAIT fees and will be phased in, as was recommended in consultation with the SAIT Students’ Association (Saitsa), over three years: $50 per term in 2020/21, $75 per term in 2021/22 and $100 per term in 2022/23.
- The new Student Technology Fee supports improvements to cybersecurity to protect student and institutional information, access to learning material outside the classroom and technology to enhance the student experience. This fee is assessed on non-credit course registrations at a rate of $10 per course. The fee is not assessed on non-credit course registrations.
- The new Student Support Fee supports student services and resources to help students succeed throughout their academic careers, for example, Career Advancement Services, Student Development and Counselling and student awards and bursaries.
Tuition payment deadlines adjusted
Starting in the 2020/21 academic year, tuition for the semester will be due on the first business day of the month before classes begin for both new and continuing students. For example:
|Program||First day of classes||Tuition payment deadline|
|Baking and Pastry Arts||Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020||Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020|
|Pre-employment Pipetrades||Monday, Aug. 31, 2020||Thursday, July 2, 2020|
|Network Technician||Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020||Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020|
Tuition payment and deadlines
Tuition and fees are payable after you have been registered in your classes. You must have your financing in place and have paid your tuition by the applicable deadline. Tuition for full-time programs is paid on a semester-by-semester basis.
If your tuition payment is not received by the deadline, you'll be dismissed from SAIT and will be responsible for full fees owing.
Tuition payment deadlines
|Intake*||Tuition payment deadline|
|Fall 2020 — starting Sept. 8, 2020||Aug. 4, 2020|
|Winter 2021— starting Jan. 4, 2020||Dec. 1, 2020|
*Program start dates not listed above have a tuition payment deadline of the first business day of the month before classes begin.
SAIT is moving towards an online environment and payment options are changing as a result. In-person and over-the-phone payment options are no longer available, however, there are many ways for you to pay your deposit, tuition and fees.
If you notice a possible discrepancy in your account summary, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Full-time day programs
Dates are critical in determining whether you receive a fees refund and how much you will get back.
The following refund procedure applies to students withdrawing from a program:
Any student expelled from SAIT for any reason is not eligible for a refund. Students who withdraw before completing their program will not receive a SAITSA refund for any academic term — fully or partially completed.
Tuition deposit refunds
SAIT will consider refunding the tuition deposit less a $250 administration fee under the following circumstances only.
International applicants whose study permit is denied by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may be eligible for a refund of their tuition deposit less a $250 administration fee.
Applicants must request a refund and forward a copy (PDF) of their IRCC denial letter to Freshdesk.
The study permit denial letter must be received by SAIT before the program start date as indicated in the letter of acceptance.
Applicants who have been conditionally accepted and do not meet the minimum admission requirements by the transcript deadline — or have had their offer rescinded based on anticipated final grades — may be eligible for a refund of their tuition deposit less the $250 administration fee.
Applicants must request a refund through submitting a ticket to Freshdesk.
Payments for deposits will be refunded to the original source where possible. All other refunds completed by cheque or wire transfers where applicable. Refunds can take 6 - 8 weeks top process.
You'll be eligible for a refund if you cancel at least five business days prior to the class start date. All cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative fee.
To request a refund, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Continuing and distance education courses
Cancellations must be submitted by completing a refund request form. Under "please choose the type of inquiry", select refunds from the drop-down menu.
To request to drop a non-credit course, please submit a request through the Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies student portal. A minimum $50 administrative fee, plus any applicable service costs, will apply.
For courses 18 hours or longer, notice is required no later than 4 pm prior to the second scheduled class.
For seminars, short courses or sports camps — less than 18 hours total, or five or fewer consecutive days — notice is required three business days prior to the class start.
Notice of course cancellation must be received by the Office of the Registrar before 25% of the original course time has elapsed in order for a student to receive a tuition refund.
SAIT will retain the minimum administration fee of $50, plus the shipping and handling fee charged on your order.
Please refer to the course package you received for information on whether or not you are eligible for a refund on unused materials. If you are, please return your materials to the Distance Education office — do not return materials to Office of the Registrar.
Students in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accountants (CAPPA) computer-based training courses are not eligible for a refund.
Students in the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program, notice of cancellation is required 10 business days prior to the course start date. Administration fees and course materials are non-refundable.
When to expect your refund
Refunds can be requested by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include:
Eight-week process for refunds
Amounts paid by credit card are refunded to the card most recently used or the original card when possible. Alternatively, SAIT may process the refund by cheque. Please note, any service fees are non-refundable.
Student Indebtedness Policy
Students are indebted to SAIT when monies for fees, or any form of material or service, has not been paid to the Institute or when library books or equipment — of any kind — have not been returned.
Indebtedness to the Institute will result in:
SAIT may employ the services of a public collection agent to recover overdue amounts.
Contact Financial Advising
Financial Advising offers workshops, labs and assistance with funding options, student awards and the documents you will need to help you figure out how to pay for your education.
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