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COVID-19 update

In response to COVID-19, SAIT has suspended the Universal Transit Pass (UPass) and Recreation fees for students for the upcoming term - May to August.  Students will not be charged these fees.

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 the frequently asked questions at  sait.ca/covid19 for the most up-to-date information about your studies, and for the latest details on SAIT's pandemic preparedness measures.

Tuition adjustments

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.

2020/21 Domestic Fee Table >

2020/21 International Fee Table >

New fees

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. 

Payment options

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
  • In-person
  • CIBC International Student Pay

Learn more about our accepted forms of payment


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

Full-time day 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.

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.

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.

Receiving your refund

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.

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 and distance education courses

Refund eligibility

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.

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.

Distance Education courses

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.

Course materials

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 take up to six weeks to process

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:

  • Valid picture ID
  • Student ID number and name

Refunds can be requested by email at student.refunds@sait.ca. The email must include:

  • Explanation of the request
  • Full name
  • Student ID number

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.

  • Refunds to international accounts are made via the method received.
  • All other refunds are issued by cheque or Interac.
  • Students are responsible for updating their address with the Office of the Registrar.
  • Sponsored students refunds will be issued directly to the sponsor.
  • Any student suspended or expelled from SAIT for any reason, is not eligible for a refund.

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.

Lamb Learner Success Centre, MC221,  Stan Grad Centre

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