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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
e-Transfers are a fast and convenient way to receive a payment within the security of your online or mobile banking service.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Refunds for students with registered sponsors will continue to be issued directly to the registered sponsor by cheque.
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.
If you’re an international student, you don't need a password.
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.
Domestic students You'll receive email notifications from PayMyTuition and the actual e-Transfer payment email from Interac.
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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