Tuition Fee Deferral

A tuition fee deferral is a request for an extension of your tuition fee payment deadline. If your request is approved, you still have to pay your fees but at a later date. Tuition fee deferral is for one term of study at a time.

Tuition fee payment deadlines

BCIT tuition fees are payable on a term by term basis. First-term tuition is due 60 days prior to the start of your program. Returning and continuing students must pay their tuition fees in full within 10 business days from the start of classes. Part-time course tuition fees must be paid at the time of registration.

Deferral eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a tuition fee deferral if you meet at least one of the following criteria:
In addition, if you are newly accepted into a full-time program, you are required to pay your BCIT Commitment Fee before your tuition fee deferral application will be considered.

Please note:

Apply for tuition fee deferral

StudentAid BC recipients – full-time students only

Apply online through your mybcit account. Login and select:
  1. Student Self Service
  2. Financial Aid link on the top of the webpage

Other students

If you are on a Specific Course Completion Contract or are funded by another province / territory, EI, RRSP, RESP, awards, scholarships or sponsorships, fill out a Tuition Fee Deferral Application [PDF] and attach the required documentation listed below.

Category Required Supporting Documentation
Receiving another province/territory student loan/grant, EI, RRSP, RESP, awards, scholarships or sponsorships Attach a copy of funding documentation
Taking part-time studies and applying for full-time funding Attach a Specific Course Completion Contract [PDF]
Taking a part-time course load and are declared in an eligible part-time program
Attach StudentAid BC Part-time Studies Application [PDF]
Taking Adult Upgrading Courses Attach Adult Upgrading Grant Application [PDF]

Application processing time

We advise students to apply for government loan/grant funding either through BC or another province/territory at least eight weeks prior to the start of the classes so that they may not need to apply for a tuition fee deferral. Tuition Fee Deferral applications are processed in the order they are received. It may take up to 5 business days to process.

Check application status

The status of your tuition fee deferral application is viewable on mybcit account, whether your application was submitted online or by paper.

Login and select:
  1. Student Self Service
  2. Financial Aid link on the top of the webpage

Extend or appeal application

You can fill out and submit a Tuition Fee Deferral Appeal or Extension form [PDF] if:
The status of your application for extension or appeal is viewable on mybcit account.