Tuition and Fees
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.
- 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 2019/20
|Intake*||Tuition payment deadline|
|Spring 2020 — starting May 4, 2020||April 6, 2020 — new students|
|May 15, 2020 — continuing students|
*For new students, tuition is due 28 days before the program start date. For continuing students, tuition is due in full on the last day of the add/drop period.
Tuition payment deadlines 2020/21
|Intake*||Tuition payment deadline|
|Fall 2020 — starting Sept. 8, 2020||Aug. 4, 2020 — all students|
|Winter 2021— starting Jan. 4, 2020||Dec. 1, 2021 — all students|
*Program start dates not listed above have a tuition payment deadline of the first business day of the month before classes begin.
As a full-time student at SAIT, there are many ways for you to pay your tuition and fees.
- Online banking
- Credit card payments
- Cheque, bank draft or money order
- Student loans
- CIBC International Student Pay
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 through email and forward a copy (PDF) of their IRCC denial letter to email@example.com.
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 email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're eligible for a refund, you can request that the deposit remain on your account and be transferred to another application within the same academic year in lieu of a refund. Please note that we cannot transfer the refunded tuition deposit to the next academic year.
Payments made by credit card will be refunded to the original credit card; all other payments will be refunded by cheque or wire transfer where applicable. Refunds can take 4 - 6 weeks for processing.
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
To cancel your registration and be eligible for a refund, the Office of the Registrar must receive notice.
Cancellations may be submitted by email, fax, phone or in person. In all cases, there will be a minimum $50 administrative fee, plus any applicable service costs.
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.
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 processed in person at the Finance Cashier's office, in the Stan Grad Centre MC201. You must present the following to receive your refund:
Refunds can be requested by email at email@example.com. The email must include:
Six-week process for refunds
Amounts paid by Visa or MasterCard are refunded to the card originally used to make payment unless the card has expired, payment was made before April 2016, or payment was made more than 18 months prior to the refund.
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.
Hours of operation
|Monday - Friday||8 am - 4 pm|