Next Steps for New Students

Once you've been accepted into a program at BCIT, you need to complete several important steps to prepare for your first day of classes. 

1. Login to myBCIT

Once you have been assigned a BCIT student number (ie: A000000), you will be able to login to your myBCIT account. When you first login, your username will be your BCIT student number and your password will be your birth date in the following order YYMMDD. 

Your myBCIT account will give you access to the following information:

  • Application status
  • Commitment and tuition fees
  • Outstanding requirements
  • Class schedules and key dates
  • Grades
  • U-Pass BC eligibility
  • BCIT e-mail account
  • Personal contact information
  • Tax forms (T2202A)
  • Instructor notices and communication
2. Pay your commitment fees

If you have been accepted into a program, you must pay a commitment fee to hold your seat in the program. Payment is due within two weeks of the date on your acceptance letter.The commitment fee is non-transferable/non-refundable.

If you are accepted less than 60 days prior to your program start date, your first level / term fees are due within two weeks of the date on your acceptance letter.

We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. Online banking (bill payment) through your financial insititution using BCIT - Tuition as the payee
  2. Cheque or money order payable to BCIT - please include your BCIT ID (student number)
  3. Cash or debit card (in person only)
    If paying by online banking, please use your BCIT ID (student number) as your account number. Please allow up to 3 business days for online bill payments to be posted to your account.

    Note: BCIT does not accept credit cards for payment of tuition and related student fees. BCIT accepts payment from all Canadian banks and credit unions and it is the recommended method for paying your fees.  For more information view Payment Options at BCIT

    Commitment fee amounts can vary by program, but normal amounts are as follows:

    Technology students $200
    Trades students $100
    International students $1,000

    Note: All fees are listed in Canadian funds. To convert Canadian dollars to your home currency, visit Bank of Canada.

    3. Arrange your finances

    How much will it cost? Do I need to borrow? Can I get a government student loan? Entrance Awards, scholarships, bursaries – what's the difference? Achieving success will be easier if you arrange your financing before your program starts. Get answers to these questions and more through Student Financial Aid and Awards.

    4. Pay your tuition fees

    Important: Tuition fees are due 60 days prior to the program start date outlined in your acceptance letter. For example, if your program starts September 4, 2007, your first level / term fees are due July 6, 2007.

    You can pay for your tuition by using the following methods:

    1. Online bill payment through your financial institution using BCIT - Tuition as the payee
    2. Cheque or money order payable to BCIT - please include your BCIT ID (student number)
    3. Cash or debit card (in person only)
      If paying by online banking, please use your BCIT ID (student number) as your account number. Please allow up to 3 business days for online bill payments to be posted to your account.

      Note:  BCIT does not accept credit cards for payment of tuition and related student fees. BCIT accepts payment from all Canadian banks and credit unions and it is the recommended method for paying your fees. For more information view Payment Options at BCIT

      Under certain circumstances, students may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Deferral (an extension of the payment deadline date). Students who anticipate needing financial assistance should refer to the 'arrange your finances' section of this page. You must notify your Admissions Officer if you will be applying for a fee deferral.

      Note:  Fees are payable by level or term. It's the first level/term program fees which are due 60 days prior to the start of your program.

      5. Get your BCIT ID card and U-Pass BC

      The BCIT ID Card is your identification access card for the campuses, Library Services, AudioVisual Services, Recreation Services, print and copying, and on-campus and off-campus discounts.

      You are eligible for your card if you have registered and paid your fees for the current term. You can order your BCIT ID Card online and pick it up in person on your first day on campus. If you are a distance education or online learner you have the option of having your card mailed to you.

      Remember: Your card is multi-term, so keep it even if you are not enrolled in a class for a term.

      6. Review your Student Association (BCITSA) Health and Dental Plan and make any changes within 30 days of starting your program

      If you are registered in a full-time studies program that is 16 weeks or longer, you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Association Health and Dental Plan. The plan provides extended health and dental coverage. It is not provincial health care coverage (medical service plan).

      You have 30 days from the start date of your program to make changes to your plan. Changes to the plan may include adding a spouse or dependents or opting out. Please check your current fee payment schedule on your myBCIT account to determine whether you have been automatically enrolled in the Student Association Health and Dental Plan. 

      If you are a BC resident, we also highly recommend registering with the Fair PharmaCare Plan as it provides coverage for some prescription drugs.

      If you already have comparable extended benefits with another provider and do not wish to combine both plans for higher coverage, you can choose to opt-out of your Student Association Health and Dental Plan. Please note any changes to your plan must be made within 30 days of your program start date.

      If you have any questions about the plan, detailed information is available online or you can contact the Health and Dental Administrator at healthplan@bcitsa.ca or 604-456-8056.

      7. Contact Accessibility Services

      Accessibility Services offers a range of support services for students with visible and/or invisible, temporary and/or permanent functional limitations or disabilities. Be sure to contact Accessibility Services well in advance to starting your program to ensure you receive timely support.

      While no list can cover all circumstances, some of the major categories of functional limitations or disabilities that Accessibility Services provides access and accommodations for include:

      • Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders
      • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
      • Communication disorders and variations
      • Deaf and hard of hearing
      • Learning disabilities
      • Limited mobility
      • Mental health
      • Neurological disabilities
      • Temporary disabilities
      • Visual impairment
      • Other health concerns

      A vocational rehabilitation specialist/learning specialist is available to discuss access and accommodation plans. Contact Accessibility Services to make an appointment.

      Accessibility Services
      Building SW1, Room 2360
      Burnaby Campus
      Phone: 604-451-6963
      E-mail: drc@bcit.ca

      8. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Get a study permit

      If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you are required to obtain a Study Permit. Learn more about Study Permits and Visas to determine your specific needs.

      9. Know your rights and responsibilities

      All BCIT students are entitled to a healthy, safe and respectful learning environment.

      BCIT has developed policies and procedures to guide students through our community expectations in both the academic and non-academic environments. Visit the Student Policies page to learn about your rights and responsibilities as a student at BCIT.

      10. Get to know your student services

      BCIT is committed to the success of its students. During your time here, you have access to various services to help you navigate life at BCIT and achieve your goals. Visit the Student Services website to find out more about the services that are in place to support your success.

      Not sure where to start? The Student Services Wayfinidng Guide highlights some need-to-know services for new students. Download your Student Services Wayfinding Guide before you arrive on campus. 

      11. Plan your textbook purchase

      Books in a technical program are highly specialized and frequently expensive. If you plan ahead, you can ensure you purchase the books you need, and, if you're looking to save money, you'll increase the chances of finding used textbooks. Visit your campus Bookstore to purchase course materials in-person or find your required course textbooks online.

      12. Plan your travel to campus

      Start your experience at BCIT by arriving on time for your first day of classes. Visit Campus Commuting to learn more about the various transportation options available to you.

      Want to know more about on-campus resources? The Student Services Wayfinding Guide highlights a range of FREE services for new students at BCIT. Whether you're looking for the bookstore, food services, health and wellness services, learning resources, or safety resources, you'll find it all on the guide.

      Make it easier to navigate your first day at BCIT - download your copy of the Student Services Wayfinding Guide before you arrive on campus!

      13. Download the myBCIT app and the Safety Wise app

      The Safety Wise app provides crucial safety information, emergency communication and detailed campus maps. Visit Safety on Campus for more information on how to stay safe during your time at BCIT.

      The new myBCIT app provides all the online functions of myBCIT including checking your course schedule, assignment grades, all in a mobile app!

      Download the myBCIT and Safety Wise mobile apps now on your mobile device via iTunes or Google Play

      14. Kick Start your BCIT Experience

      Welcome to BCIT!

      Whether you're a new student or returning student, BCIT Kick Start is a great way to kickoff your year at BCIT.

      Check out the BCIT Kick Start and Program Orientation page to learn more about what you can expect during your first day at BCIT. Don't forget to check out the Kick Start Calendar of Events for the full schedule of events that you can participate in throughout the month of September.

      Come out and meet the people who are excited to help you succeed!

      If applicable, please complete the following steps.

      15. Satisfy your oustanding requirements

      If you received a letter offering Conditional Acceptance, you are required to satisfy some outstanding prerequisites. If you are missing academic prerequisites, there are many upgrading options available to you including:

      • BCIT Pre-Entry courses are available as individual day or evening courses. For more information see the Part-time Studies Course Finder.
      • Night school or Adult Learning Centre courses through your local school board - for information, look-up schools in the White Pages Telephone book, then call the continuing education number for your school district.
      • Equivalent courses at a local college - course numbers should be confirmed for acceptance by BCIT with the Admissions Department or a Program Advisor.
      • Correspondence courses through a Regional Correspondence school

      Depending on your background and the program you are applying to, you may be able to write an assessment test to show you meet the entrance requirements. For information on assessment testing opportunities at BCIT contact Program Advising or the Admissions Department.

      If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you are required to obtain a Study Permit. Learn more about Study Permits and Visas to determine your specific needs.

      16. Apply for course credit

      If you have completed post-secondary studies elsewhere that you believe are equivalent to what is taught at BCIT, you may be eligible for course credit within your chosen program.

      If credit is granted, your program fee will not change, but your course load will be lighter. That could be an advantage, but if you are applying for financial aid, you may not be eligible for certain kinds of assistance unless you carry a minimum course load.

      To apply for course credit in a full-time program, complete a Course Credit/Exemption Application form and submit it, along with an official transcript showing the courses you have completed that are equivalent to those taught at BCIT, to Student Records.

      Please Note: Applications must be submitted to Student Records within 14 calendar days of the start of the term in which the course is offered.

      17. Apply for campus housing

      When you are accepted to a full-time program of four months or longer, you are eligible to live in Maquinna Residence at the Burnaby Campus. If you prefer off-campus housing, BCIT offers extensive online listings of rental accommodation. Whether you choose to live on or off-campus, be sure to plan your living arrangements early.

      To apply for on-campus housing, please complete the online application. The link to our online application form can also be found in your acceptance letter or in your myBCIT account under 'my communications'.

      If you are an international student, you also have the option of homestay living with a local family during your studies.

      Visit Student Housing for detailed housing information.

      18. Connect with the International Student Centre

      BCIT offers specialized support services to our international students. If you're a new/current student who's not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, reach out to the International Student Centre for information and support throughout your transition to BCIT.

      19. Pre-purchase parking passes for your first day

      BCIT provides students with the ability to purchase parking permits online. Parking passes are available for purchase by credit card only. Visit Parking at BCIT to learn more about parking at BCIT.

      11. Apply for campus housing
      11. Apply for campus housing