This page provides comprehensive descriptions of all payment options for a variety of transactions. The options listed here may not be applicable to the type of payment you are making. Please see the domestic tuition, international tuition, and registration deposit pages to see the payment options available to you.
To pay your registration deposit or tuition fees online with INTERAC® Online, you need to have an account with online banking at one of the following Canadian financial institutions:
- Royal Bank
- TD Canada Trust - TD VISA Debit Cards cannot be used with INTERAC® Online
INTERAC® Online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Student Service Centre.
Please confirm with your financial institution that your daily INTERAC® limit is higher than the payment you are making.
All payments will be applied to your UBC account immediately upon successful transaction.
If you have an account at a Canadian financial institution, you can pay your registration deposit or tuition fees through direct debit from your bank account.
- Log in to the Student Service Centre.
- Click on "Banking Details."
- Enter your bank's institution number, transit (bank branch) number, and account number.
- Once you have entered and saved your banking details, you can pay your fees by selecting "Bank Transfer" under the "Pay Fees" menu.
All payments will be applied to your UBC account immediately upon successful transaction and payment information will be forwarded to your financial institution.
Similar to a cheque payment, bank transfer and EFT payments may be returned by your financial institution. Your payment may be returned due to:
- insufficient funds in account or funds not available
- invalid account information provided
- account specified does not have chequing privileges
- closed account
If your payment is returned, the original payment will be reversed out of your student account. This will constitute non-payment of fees, which may result in your student account being placed on financial hold (a $35 charge may be applied) and interest charged.
International funds transfer
UBC has chosen Western Union Business Solutions, the world’s largest specialist in global business payments, to provide you with a simple and low cost method of paying fees to UBC in your currency.
Use International Funds Transfer to pay tuition, student, residence and meal plan fees using your own currency from a foreign bank account.
- Log in to the SSC and select the fees you want to pay.
- Proceed with selecting the international funds transfer method.
- You will be provided with a quote from Western Union that locks in the exchange rate for 72 hours.
- Follow the instructions provided to you by Western Union to make the payment before the quote expires.
It will take a minimum of three days for funds to transfer. If your account is not updated after a week or if you have any questions relating to this transfer, please contact Western Union Business Solutions at email@example.com or toll free at 1.877.218.8829.
- You must make payments at least three days earlier than the due date when making an international funds transfer, as it takes time for the funds to clear.
- If Western Union receives your fund after the quote expires, a new exchange rate will be applied and you could end up paying too much or not enough.
To pay your registration deposit or tuition fees using online or telephone banking, you will need a bank account at a Canadian financial institution. Most Canadian banks and credit unions are set up to accept payment to your UBC account 24 hours a day, which may require a one-time registration.
Once you have registered with your bank and set up the payment as a bill, your student number will be the account number required to make payment. Please allow one to two business days to process your payment.
Please note that this service is available for tuition fees only. It does not include Housing or Food Services payments.
You can pay your registration deposit or tuition fees by cheque or cash at any HSBC Bank Canada branch. You must include a Tuition Fee Payment Form (46KB PDF) with your payment. Please allow two business days for your payment to be processed.
- If you are paying cash, we recommend that you use Canadian dollars. Foreign currencies are accepted, but you will be required to pay a service fee, and it will take four to five business days for your payment to be applied to your UBC account.
- If you have an HSBC account, you can pay tuition fees with online or telephone banking, or with cash or cheque at the teller. For more information about paying online through your account visit the HSBC website or call 1.888.310.4722.
The nearest HSBC Bank branch is located at 4480 West 10th Avenue at Sasamat Street. You can find more locations on the HSBC website.
Download and complete the form below only if you are paying at HSBC. You are not required to submit a copy of the completed form to UBC.
Tuition Fee Payment Form (46KB PDF)
You can pay your tuition, student fees, and registration deposits in person at the Information Centre in Brock Hall. Canadian or US cheques, and debit card payments are accepted.
Please note that cash payments are not accepted. If you would like to pay by cash, please do so at any local HSBC branch provide your UBC student number as the account number.
- Make sure your cheque is correctly filled out, and that your student number is written on the front of the cheque on the memo line.
- Fill out a tuition fee payment form (available at the Information Centre) and attach it to your cheque (no post-dated cheques will be accepted).
- Payments received by cheque at Brock Hall will take four to five business days to process.
- Bring your cheque and payment slip to the Info Centre, or drop it in one of the secure tuition drop boxes on the main floor.
If you are paying by cheque from a US bank account, staff will use the currency exchange rate information on the UBC Finance website, which is updated daily. Staff at the Information Centre will calculate the appropriate amount upon payment.
- Fill out a tuition fee payment form (available at the Information Centre) and bring it to the front counter for payment.
- Payment will be applied to your UBC account the following business day.
Your debit card may have a daily limit set by your financial institution. Please confirm with your financial institution that your daily limit is higher than the payment you are making.
Successful StudentAid BC applicants attending UBC will have their Canada Student Loan mailed to their home address. This document, along with subsequent BC loans or grants, will be pre-authorized by UBC and ready to cash as soon as you receive it.
After you've received your student loan documents in the mail, take them to a designated Canada Post outlet. You will need picture ID (driver's licence or BC ID card), your social insurance card, and a void cheque. The void cheque will enable your student loan funds to be deposited directly into your bank account.
- Canada Student Loan documents are forwarded from Canada Post to the National Student Loan Service Centre before funds are deposited into your account. This can take several days.
- BC Student Loan Agreements are forwarded from Canada Post to the BC Student Loan Service Bureau before funds are deposited into your account. Take your BC Loan Agreement to Canada Post immediately upon receiving it. You should receive this form shortly after your BCSAP application has been processed and approved.
Students receiving assistance from a province other than BC should contact student loan providers in their home province regarding loan disbursement and cashing.
Students who hold major graduate fellowships from agencies such as NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR can arrange to have their fees deducted from their award.
Complete the Tuition Payroll Deductions/Fee Deferral Application below and drop it off at the Awards office in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students must attach a notice of the award from the agency to the application form.
If you are a UBC scholarship recipient, most scholarship money will be automatically credited to your student account soon after the due date. As the system knows of any pending awards, you will not be penalized if your fees have not been paid by the due date. However, if your award amount is less than the total amount owed, you must pay the difference by the fee deadline to avoid late charges.
Scholarships do not count towards your registration deposit, so please make sure you pay your deposit in time to register.
If you are a Provincial Scholarship recipient, you will receive your award cheque in the mail from the Ministry of Education. As this money does not go through UBC, you must pay all fees outstanding by the due date.
Some UBC students have a portion of their UBC fees paid by a sponsor such as an Aboriginal community, employer, or government agency. When UBC sends a bill for fees to sponsors this is called "third-party billing."
If you are a sponsored student, Enrolment Services can process tuition and student fee payments directly from your sponsor.
It is important that you and your sponsor understand what steps they must take to ensure your fees are paid on your behalf. It is also important to be aware of what happens if your sponsor changes or withdraws their support.
Detailed information, dates and instructions is available below:
If you have questions regarding your sponsorship, contact your sponsor directly. If your sponsor requires assistance with the application form, or they have billing questions, they can contact:
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Tuition waivers are employment benefits available to UBC Staff and Faculty only.
Once your tuition waiver is approved by Financial Services, the waiver information will be electronically forwarded to Enrolment Services in Brock Hall in two to three business days. Enrolment Services will then apply the payment to your account.
As the waivers do not cover student fees, please ensure that you make a separate payment for them.
We recommend that you deliver your certificate in person, to the Information Centre in Brock Hall.
- For undergraduate courses, the certificates issued prior to 2010 are worth three credits. Certificates issued in 2010 and onward are worth 1.5 credits.
- For graduate programs, the amount varies. Please contact Enrolment Services in Brock Hall at 604.822.9836.
- You are responsible for all student fees.
Payroll deduction and tuition fee deferrals are available to graduate students employed by UBC as Teaching or Research assistants.
You can find detailed information and instructions on how to apply on the Payroll Deduction/Fee Deferral Application form (390KB PDF).
This option is not recommended unless you have no other alternative. Mail systems may be unpredictable; for this reason, deposit and tuition payment by mail should be a last resort for students who cannot use alternate payment methods.
To pay by mail, send a cheque (from a Canadian or US bank) or money order (in Canadian dollars), with your student number written on the front, payable to "The University of British Columbia",to:
Enrolment Services - Tuition Payment
The University of British Columbia
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1
Please allow two to three weeks for processing. Do not send cash.
A completed Tuition Fee Payment Form, available below, must accompany tuition payments. Payment must reach the Enrolment Services by the due date.
Tuition Fee Payment Form (46KB PDF)
Download and complete this form only if you wish to mail in your tuition payment.
The bank address for wire transfer deposit information is as follows:
HSBC Bank Canada 016
885 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 3G1
Please note: To obtain the required pay to, deposit account number, and beneficiary name that you will need to complete the wire transfer, log into the Student Service Centre (SSC) and click 'Pay Fees'.
All foreign currency wires/deposits designated for credit to the Tuition Deposit account will be converted to CAD funds at the prevailing spot rate of exchange.
Wire transfer payments take five to seven business days to process.
Passport to Education
Redeem your Passport to Education stamps to pay for a portion of your fees (BC students only). Bring your Passport to the Information Centre in Brock Hall for processing. The value of the Passport will be applied toward your tuition fees. Students are advised to bring this Passport one week prior to the tuition fee deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.
Please do not send your passport in the mail, as UBC will not accept responsibility for lost passports.
Pay online with VISA or MasterCard.
You can pay your registration deposit online with VISA or MasterCard. Log on to the Student Service Centre and click Financial Summary, then select "pay fees".
Please note: UBC accepts VISA and MasterCard but does not accept American Express.
Students who are assessed international tuition fees can pay online with VISA or MasterCard. Log on to the Student Service Centre and select "pay fees" from the "Finances" drop-down menu. click "Financial Summary," then select "Pay fees".
Please note: UBC accepts VISA and MasterCard but does not accept American Express.