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StudentAidBC applications for full- and part-time students for the 2020/2021 school year (beginning on or after August 1, 2020) are now available. Visit Student Loans & Grants to find out how to apply.

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 sponsorship, 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


It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw from your courses if you decide not to attend or become ineligible. Should you subsequently drop courses, decide not to attend classes or become ineligible for funding, you are responsible for paying your fees and/or any penalties. Refer to BCIT Refunds & Withdrawal Policies for further information.

How to apply

Full-time StudentAid BC recipients

Apply online through your myBCIT account. Log in and select:

  1. Student Self Service
  2. Financial Aid link on the top of the webpage

Part-time StudentAidBC recipients and other students

We are accepting the applications and supporting documents by email only at

  • Tuition Fee Deferral Application
  • Tuition Fee Deferral Appeal or Extension form
  • All supporting documentation

To apply for a tuition fee deferral, please submit the Tuition Fee Deferral Application [PDF] along with the required documentation based on your category below:

Category Required supporting documentation
Receiving another province/territory student loan/grant, EI sponsorship, 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

Tuition Fee Deferral applications are processed in the order they are received. Fee deferrals may take up to 5 business days to process.

Check application status

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

Log in 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] to 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 in your myBCIT account.