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You may withdraw from your course or program and be eligible to receive a tuition refund if you voluntarily withdraw by the refund deadline. Different deadlines, fees, and rules apply depending on your course or program type. See below for details on the withdrawal and refund processes as they relate to:

Full-Time Programs

BCIT has specific processes for full-time student to withdraw from a program and potentially receive a refund.

How to withdraw

If you’re a student (not applicable to apprenticeship students) in a Trades and Technical Studies program, the withdrawal process depends on if your program start date has passed or not.

Withdrawal before your program start date

If you’re a student in a Trades or Technical Studies program, you can withdraw* before your program start date by contacting your Admissions Officer. You can find your Admissions Officer’s contact information in your acceptance letters received through myCommunication.

Withdrawal after your program start date

After reporting to their classroom instructor, full-time Trades students can withdraw* from their program by completing the Trades Withdrawal form [PDF] and submitting to Student Records.

After reporting to their classroom instructor, full-time Technology students can withdraw* from their program by completing the Full-time Technology Withdrawal form [PDF] and submitting to Student Records.

*Please note: If you’ve been asked to withdraw from a course/program for reasons of discipline or unsatisfactory progress, you may forfeit any right to a refund.

Refund eligibility deadlines

For most program types, your latest acceptable withdrawal date to receive a refund is 10 business days after the start of class. See the table below for processing fees deducted from your refund. Please note that all commitment fees are non-refundable.

Program type Commitment fee Processing fee deducted from refund (domestic students) Processing fee deducted from refund (international students) Deadline for refund eligible (latest acceptable withdrawal date*)
Trades programs non-refundable $100 $1000* 10 business days after the start of class
Airline and flight operations non-refundable $1000 $1000* 10 business days after the start of class
Technology program fees: all full- and part-time day students non-refundable $200 $1000* 10 business days after the start of class
Degrees programs: full-time non-refundable  $200 $1000* 10 business days after the start of class
High Tech Professional Program non-refundable Refer to the specific program web page for all refund details for High Tech programs

*Commitment fee for international students will be $3,000 for programs starting in January 2020.

U-Pass BC fees are collected on behalf of Translink and are not covered by BCIT’s refund policy.

Part-Time Studies courses

Refund information, including deadlines, will be provided when you register for a course. Special fees for some courses are non-refundable, and different refund requirements may apply.

How to withdraw

All Part-time Studies course withdrawal requests must be submitted using the official Part-time Studies Course Withdrawal form [PDF].

If you are submitting your completed form by email, please send to records@bcit.ca. You must use your myBCIT email address so that Student Records can verify the legitimacy of your request. Incomplete forms, or forms submitted using a non-myBCIT email address cannot be processed. Withdrawals will be processed within 2-3 business days. Log in to myBCIT and check under Student Self Service to confirm withdrawals and account balances.

Even if you have missed the refund or withdrawal deadline, it is very important to notify BCIT of your intent to withdraw. Late withdrawals are subject to program area approval, and will not be considered without applicable documentation. Remember to formally withdraw to ensure your permanent academic record, your GPA, and your ability to qualify for future awards and recognition are not affected.

Please visit Part-time Studies Withdrawals for more information.

Refund eligibility deadlines

Students who withdraw or transfer 31 days prior to the course start date will receive a 100 per cent tuition refund, and there is no charge to transfer.

Classroom-based courses

Part-time Course Length Deadline Refund
Course is more than 4 weeks Prior to the 2nd class 85% tuition refund
Course 4 weeks or less One week prior to the class start date 85% tuition refund

Distance/online learning – specific course start and end date

Part-time Course Length Deadline Refund
Course is more than 4 weeks Within 2 weeks of the course start date 85% tuition refund
Course 4 weeks or less One week prior to the class start date 85% tuition refund

Distance/online learning – course begins the day of registration (continual entry)

Part-time Course Length Deadline Refund
Course is more than 2 weeks Within 2 weeks of registration/course start date 100% tuition refund
Course is 2 weeks or less Not applicable No refund

Students in a continual entry/start any time course that runs for more than 2 weeks are eligible for a 100% tuition refund if they withdraw within 2 weeks of registration/the course start date. Students in a continual entry/start any time course that is 2 weeks or less are not be eligible to receive a refund.

Transferring between courses

Visit us in person or call BCIT at 604-434-1610 or toll-free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and US only) to request a transfer from one course to another. The transfer is subject to a $16 fee and must be requested and processed by the refund deadline. No transfer fee will be charged if the transfer is requested 31 days or more before the start date of the course.

Apprenticeship Programs

BCIT has specific processes for Apprenticeship students on how to withdraw from a program and potentially receive a refund.

How to withdraw

Up to and including the third day of class, contact Apprentice Services.

After the third day of class, complete a Trades Withdrawal form [PDF] and submit it to Apprentice Services.

No refund is issued for any withdrawal less than nine days before the start of class.

Refund eligibility deadline

Cancellation notice received: Refund:
Up to 41 days prior to the start of class Tuition fee minus $200*
40-21 days prior to the start of class 50% of tuition fee
20-10 days prior to the start of class 25% of tuition fee
9 days or less prior to the start of class No refund

*Note: $200 commitment fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

International students

Regular refund and withdrawal processes apply to international students enrolled in part-time or full-time studies. However, processing fees may differ for international students.

If your status in Canada has changed or your study permit has been denied, BCIT has specific processes available for International students.

Changing immigration status

If you have paid international tuition fees and your status in Canada changes before the start date of a course or program, you will be refunded the difference between the domestic and international tuition fees.

Study permit denial

Study permits might be denied. What to do depends on if you are studying in the International Student Entry Program (ISEP) or, other full-time or part-time programs.

1. International Student Entry Program (ISEP)

If your study permit application is denied by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you can request a 100% refund of all tuition fees paid (including the commitment fee).

Submit the following documents to isepinfo@bcit.ca at least 10 days before your program starts:

2. Other full-time and part-time programs

Please see the Study Permit page for information on refunds due to study permit denials.

When to expect your refund

Please allow up to four weeks for all refunds to be issued plus mailing time. Refunds are issued by cheque made payable to the student. The exception to this is refunds issued where a third party was invoiced. In those instances, the refund will be made payable to the third party.

If you have not received your refund for your apprenticeship program, please contact the Apprentice Services at 604-456-8100.

For all other programs and courses, please contact Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610 or toll free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and US only).