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Tuition and Fees

2021/2022 tuition and fees adjustments

SAIT has reviewed its tuition and fees for 2021/22, domestic and international, in comparison to local, national and international programs, and the SAIT Board of Governors has approved increases.

Tuition and fee increases will be effective for the 2021/22 academic year, starting July 2021, and are reflected in the fee table for domestic students and the fee table for international students.

A SAIT credential is valued among the best. Revenue generated by tuition and fees ensures programs, equipment and instruction remain relevant, and SAIT students continue to be job-ready at graduation.

Even as we navigate challenges and changing restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, SAIT is committed to delivering quality education and a great student experience through both online and blended (online and on-campus) instruction.

In October 2019, the Government of Alberta ended a five-year tuition freeze put in place by the previous government. Approval of a Tuition and Fees Amendment Regulation allowed domestic tuition increases to a maximum of 7% per year for the next three years (2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23) at the institutional level, with no single program tuition increase exceeding 10% in one year.

There are no provincial limits on increases to tuition for international students. SAIT annually conducts a pan-Canadian analysis of international tuition across the post-secondary system with the goal of ensuring we offer competitive tuition and excellent value for international students.

2021/22 tuition adjustments snapshot
  • The average tuition change for domestic students is about $380 for programs seeing increases.
  • International students will see increases ranging from $380 to $1,200.
  • Established programs with a high delivery cost and/or strong demand, including programs such as Respiratory Therapy and Mechanical Engineering Technology, saw the largest increases. 
  • Increases will also apply to bring program costs in line with other programs or competitors, examples include Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant, and Chemical Engineering Technology.
2021/22 student fees adjustments

Student Support Fee and Student Technology Fee

Introduced in 2020/21, the Student Support Fee and the Student Technology Fee were developed in consultation with Saitsa, and implemented with a phased cost approach over the first three years — $50 (2020/21), $75 (2021/22) and $100 (2022/23) each, per term.

For 2021/22, the fees will be $75 each per term.

The 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 Student Support Fee supports student services and resources to help students succeed throughout their academic careers, including Career Advancement Services, and Student Development and Counselling.

Exemptions for UPass and recreation fees

SAIT is introducing exemptions to allow students who will not have access to the resources the opportunity to opt out of  UPass and  campus recreation fees. To be eligible for an exemption:

  • Campus recreation: all your courses are fully online and you reside 100 km or farther from main campus.
  • UPass: you are enrolled in 9 credits or more per semester and all your courses are fully online.
  • Note: Exemptions to both fees continue to be available for students with a physical/mobility or other valid disability-related concern. You must be registered with Accessibility Services and/or have a Calgary Transit Access Pass. Please contact Accessibility Services for more information.

The deadline to apply for an exemption for one or both fees for Winter 2022 by Friday, Jan. 21 — submit your exemption application here. Exemptions are not guaranteed and supporting documentation may be required.

Before submitting your application, please note the following.

  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.
  • If you're approved, a credit will be applied to your account 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline of Friday, Jan. 21.
  • the credit will remain on your account to be used for tuition in future semesters. 

Review our refund policy below for more details.

Financial support for students

Financial assistance is available to help you pay for your education — from government student loans to bursaries and Alberta Works funding. SAIT also offers more than five million dollars in student awards annually.

Access support, enhance your financial literacy when it comes to things like budgeting for school and learn more about funding options through SAIT’s Financial Advising team.

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
Winter 2022 —  starting Jan. 10, 2022 Dec. 10, 2021 (accepted students)
Jan. 10, 2022 (continuing students)
Spring 2022 — starting May 9, 2022 April 11, 2022 (accepted students)

May 9, 2022 (continuing students)
Summer 2022 — starting July 4, 2022 June 8, 2022
Fall 2022 — starting Sept. 6, 2022 Aug. 8, 2022 (accepted students)
Sept. 6 2022 (continuing students)

*Program start dates not listed above have a tuition payment deadline of the first business day of the month before classes begin. 

Payment options

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.

    See payment options


    If you notice a possible discrepancy in your account summary, please contact the Office of the Registrar

    Credit programs

    Refund of tuition

    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:

    1. If you cancel prior to the program's start date, you'll receive a full tuition refund excluding the non-refundable tuition deposit. You must provide the Office of the Registrar with a cancellation notice — in writing or verbally — before the first day of class.  Note: The tuition deposit is only applicable to new students starting the first semester.
    2. If you cancel on the first day of classes and before the end of the add/drop period for the applicable semester — fall, winter, spring or summer — you will receive a 50% tuition refund, excluding the ancillary fees and non-refundable tuition deposit. You must provide the Office of the Registrar with a cancellation notice in — writing or verbally — within this time frame.
    3. If you withdraw after the add/drop period, you will not receive a refund unless there are extenuating circumstances, agreed on by the Registrar or designate. You must complete a Program Withdrawal form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. If there are extenuating circumstances, make sure you include a letter indicating the reason for your withdrawal and any supporting documents, such as a doctor's note.
    4. Credit balances, for students who are registered or plan to register in a future term, will be carried forward and applied as appropriate to that future term.  Refundable balances will also be assessed at the end of the academic year for refunding.

    Online Asynchronous/Distance Education

    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.

    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.

    Study permit denied

    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.

    Note: If an applicant is granted an admission deferral and the study permit is denied and the student wishes to defer a second time, they must submit a new application to the program and pay a new tuition deposit.

    Admission requirements not met

    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.

    Apprenticeship programs

    Cancelling your registration

    If you need to cancel your registration, log in to your MyTradesecrets account and select 'cancel'. If you are cancelling after your class start date, contact the Office of the Registrar directly.

    Refund eligibility

    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 Education and Professional Studies courses

    Refund eligibility

    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.

    Continuing Education courses

    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.


    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.

    Refund payment process

    Refunds can be requested by submitting a  Freshdesk ticket:

    • under the option "Please choose the type of inquiry", select “Finance Inquiries”
    • under the option “Finance inquiries type”, select “Refund request /follow up” from the drop-down menu. 

    Refunds can take up to eight weeks to process.  

    Service fees are non-refundable.  

    Any student suspended or expelled from SAIT for any reason, is not eligible for a refund. 

    Refunds by e-Transfer

    Effective Jan. 22, 2021 most refunds for credit programs will be issued by email money transfer (e-Transfer) directly to the student.  

    Refunds will no longer be issued by cheque or to the original method of payment.  

    What's an e-Transfer?

    e-Transfers are a fast and convenient way to receive a payment within the security of your online or mobile banking service.  

    Watch your email

    After your refund request has been processed, you’ll receive an email to your preferred email address. This first email is to advise you a payment has been initiated by SAIT. The email will come from PayMyTuition. 

    Domestic students You’ll receive a second email to let you know when your payment is on the way. Once you receive the second email, you can expect a third email with the actual e-Transfer link from Interac within the next 24 hours.  

    International students You'll receive a second email requesting your banking information.

    If you’re unsure what we have on file as your preferred email, you can find out by logging into  mySAIT and selecting “Personal Information” on the mySAIT tab. 

    Access your payment

    Follow the instructions in the email.  

    Domestic students will need a password to access the payment. You'll need to login to mySAIT and look for the "Refund Authorization ID" — follow these steps:   

    • after you receive the email from  Interac, login to  mySAIT 
    • click on the “myStudent” tab 
    • click on “Finance information” 
    • click on the link within the “Collect Refund, Award, Bursary or Emergency Funding” section 
    • the “Refund Authorization ID” is the password referenced in the  Interac email 

    International students will need to click on the link in the email and enter their banking information to access the e-Transfer payment. Follow the instructions provided in the email from PayMyTuition. Refunds will be issued in Canadian dollars.  

    Email reminders

    Up to eight email reminders will be sent to advise an e-Transfer payment is available. After the eighth email reminder, the payment will be cancelled or reissued.   

    Transaction limits

    In the rare case where a refund exceeds $10,000 the refund will be distributed over multiple transfers in $10,000 increments. For example, if the total refund is $25,000, three e-Transfers will be issued over three 24-hour periods and each transfer will have a unique Refund Authorization ID. 

    Sponsored students

    Refunds for students with registered sponsors will continue to be issued directly to the registered sponsor by cheque. 

    Continuing Education and Professional Studies non-credit courses

    Refunds for non-credit courses purchased through the  Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies online system will be processed to the original method of payment through that system.  

    e-Transfer FAQ

    Where do I find my password for my e-Transfer?
    • after you receive the email from  Interac, login to  mySAIT 
    • click on the “myStudent” tab 
    • click on “Finance information” 
    • click on the link within the “Collect Refund, Award, Bursary or Emergency Funding” section 
    • the “Refund Authorization ID” is the password referenced in the Interac email 

    If you’re an international student, you don't need a password.  

    What if I don't know what SAIT has as my preferred email address? 

    If you’re unsure what we have on file as your preferred email address, you can find out by logging into  mySAIT and selecting “Personal Information” on the mySAIT tab. 

    Who will the e-Transfer payment email come from?

    Domestic students You'll receive email notifications from PayMyTuition and the actual e-Transfer payment email from Interac
    International students You'll receive emails from  PayMyTuition

    Student Indebtedness Policy

    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:

    • Cancellation of registration
    • Inability to register in further programs and courses
    • Withholding of student's transcript and credential
    • Withholding of student loan funding
    • Withholding of any refunds — including SAIT Students' Association fee refund

    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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