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Note

StudentAid BC applications for the 2020/2021 school year (beginning on or after August 1, 2020) are expected to be available in early July.

If you are a full- or part-time BCIT student who:

  • has registered or been registered into courses and had fees assessed, and
  • is waiting to apply for government student aid through StudentAid BC,

you may apply for a temporary fee deferral.

Note that you may be asked to attach your completed StudentAid BC application as a supporting document. As these applications are not yet available, please proceed and submit your fee deferral application without this supporting document.

Please continue to monitor the StudentAid BC site for updates on application availability. When applications become available, you will receive a follow-up email from BCIT outlining next steps.

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 ten 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:

  • You have been approved for government loan/grant funding either through BC or another province/territory.
  • You are receiving other sources of funding, such as EI, RRSP, RESP, awards, scholarships or sponsorships. Proof of funding is required.
  • You have been approved for Adult Upgrading Grant funding for the term.

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:

  • You cannot defer tuition fees that exceed the total amount of your government student loan/grant funding or other sources of funding unless you pay the difference first.
  • BCIT does not offer payment plans, such as paying tuition fees over a period of months from wages or other sources of income.
  • The following are not eligible for a tuition fee deferral:
    • Outstanding tuition and/or student fees in the previous term
    • Airline and Flight Operations (Flying school fees)
    • International students
    • Apprentice students

Apply for tuition fee deferral

StudentAid BC recipients

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 8 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:

  • Your tuition fee deferral is cancelled or rejected and you would like us to reconsider your application.
  • Your government loan/grant funding or expected sources of funding will arrive later than expected. If you do not apply for an extension and are de-registered, you may need to pay a fee to reinstate your program or you may lose your seat in your courses.

The status of your application for extension or appeal is viewable on mybcit account.