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Payment Options

SAIT accepts payment in one of five online methods:

  • Pre-authorized debit (PADs)
  • Credit card**
  • Online banking through your financial institution
  • PayMyTuition (for international students to pay in your home currency)
  • CIBC International Student Pay

SAIT does not accept over-the-phone or in-person payments at this time.

** Beginning July 30, 2020 a 2.5% service fee will be charged on all credit card payments and a 1.5% service fee will be added to all Visa Debit and MasterCard Debit transactions. These service fees are non-refundable.

SAIT recently completed an upgrade to our payment systems. Students with a Canadian bank account can pay tuition using our new pre-authorized debit system (PADs).

This system is similar to the old online banking system. There are no additional fees assessed when this payment system is used. Students can see the payment on their student account right away and there are no additional fees. It may take a few days to see the payment come out of the specified bank account, so we encourage you to monitor your bank account to ensure the payment does clear properly.

If you use PADs, it may take up to ten business days for the payment to be processed by your bank. Please ensure you carefully check your account information and leave sufficient funds in your bank account until you see the payment withdrawn from your bank account. SAIT will charge $30 if your PADs transaction is rejected by the bank.

To pay your deposit:

  1. Login to mySAIT and click on the myApplication tab.
  2. Select the Canadian financial institution link under MyApplication > PAY NOW - Tuition deposit.
  3. Once the page loads, follow the instructions to process your payment by your preferred method.

To pay your tuition fees:

  1. Login to mySAIT and click on the myStudent tab.
  2. Select the Canadian financial institution link under Finance information > PAY NOW - Deposit, Tuition and Fees.
  3. Once the page loads, follow the instructions to process your payment by your preferred method.

You can use your financial institution's online banking portal to send your payment directly to SAIT. Payments made through this method can take three to five business days to be applied to your mySAIT account.

  1. Log on to your bank's online payment system.
  2. Create a payee profile - Add the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - Tuition Fees as a payee on your bill payment profile (name will vary from bank to bank).
  3. Enter your account information - The account number is your nine-digit student ID number.

If you do not have an account with a Canadian financial institution, you can pay your tuition deposit and fees using your own home currency with the PayMyTuition platform.

To pay your deposit:

  1. Login to mySAIT and click on the myApplication tab
  2. Select the  Financial institution outside of Canada link under myApplication > PAY NOW - Tuition deposit.
  3. Once the PayMyTuition platform loads, follow the instructions to process your payment.

To pay your tuition fees:

  1. Login to mySAIT and click on the myStudent tab.
  2. Select the  Financial institution outside of Canada link under Finance information > PAY NOW - Deposit, Tuition and Fees.
  3. Once the PayMyTuition platform loads, follow the instructions to process your payment.

More about PayMyTuition

PayMyTuition instructions

To make using the platform easier, we have translated instructions into the following 11 languages.

An alternate method for international students to pay their deposit and tuition fees is to use the CIBC International Student Pay portal. 

To send your fees

  1. Log in: log in to the CIBC International Student Pay secure web portal using your SAIT ID number.
  2. Provide payment details: once you enter the platform, simply enter the fee amount in Canadian dollars, then identify your preferred currency and method of payment. If using a bank wire, you'll be shown the amount required in your preferred currency to pay your student fees in Canadian dollars based on the competitive FX rate CIBC is providing SAIT. The quoted exchange rate is locked-in for 72 hours – meaning no currency fluctuations during this period as you finalize your transaction.
  3. Enter payer details: indicate whether it is you, your parents or an agent acting on your behalf. Carefully review the Terms & Conditions provided by CIBC, and when ready, click accept and submit.
  4. Process transaction: for all payment methods, you'll receive a transaction receipt and a reference code. If using a bank wire, print the payment instructions and reference code and deliver to your local bank within 72 hours. Your bank simply follows the instructions and sends the funds to SAIT. You'll receive a confirmation email when SAIT receives your payment.

Pay using your student loans (for tuition fees only)

If you've applied online through Student Aid Alberta and are approved for a student loan before the tuition payment deadline, SAIT will electronically confirm your full-time enrolment and request that payment is sent directly from Student Aid Alberta. This means that your tuition payment deadline will be deferred until your loan disbursement date. It is recommended students who have applied for a student loan wait until SAIT confirms their loan before proceeding to pay their tuition and fees.

If your loan does not cover the entire amount owing for tuition and fees, then you're responsible for paying the difference on or before the tuition payment deadline.

Student loans

Account balance statements

Your student account balance is available on mySAIT. The statement includes an overall account balance and selected account activity. This can be used for funding requirements, such as RESPs, study visa requirements and other documentation needs.

To access your statement:

  1. Log in to mySAIT
  2. Select the myStudent tab
  3. Select Account Statement On Demand under Finance Information
  4. Choose On Demand Statement, the button may take 3 to 5 seconds to appear
  5. Choose a term (if applicable)
  6. Print the statement using the print button

Sponsored students

Sponsored students are those for whom tuition and fees will be paid directly to SAIT by a department of the federal government of Canada, a department of the Province of Alberta, an Aboriginal band, or by a business or organization.

How do I get started?

  1. Meet with your sponsor to arrange sponsorship agreement details.
  2. Submit a SAIT application form with complete transcripts and the application fee. If the sponsor is paying for the application fee, a company letter indicating the billing address and/or a purchase order must also be included.
  3. Submit a sponsorship letter to the Office of the Registrar after you have been accepted into the program. The letter must indicate the company would like to register as your sponsor, confirm in writing the terms for your sponsorship such as the amount of tuition your sponsor will cover, the semester (time period) covered, and a contact number and billing address. A signed purchase order for services may be provided in lieu of a sponsorship letter. Do not include books and supply costs in the sponsorship letter — your sponsor should do this online. Note: The sponsorship will need to be renewed each term with a new sponsor letter or purchase order.
  4. Request that your sponsor contacts the SAIT Bookstore at 2961mgr@follett.com if they are covering the cost of your books and supplies. This is applicable if you are picking up your materials at the SAIT Bookstore or if you are ordering online.

Your sponsor will be invoiced in accordance with the conditions of the sponsorship agreement. Invoices are payable 30 days from the date of the invoice. Sponsor invoices not paid within the net 30-day term may be canceled by SAIT and you'll be required to pay their outstanding fees or withdraw from your program.

Your sponsor may cancel their sponsorship via written notice 30 days prior to your course or program start date. Cancellations by either the sponsor or student are subject to the terms and conditions contained within SAIT’s administration policies, including cancellation fees.

A change in sponsorship resulting in a refund owing will be issued by cheque to the sponsor’s address on file.

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