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Tuition Fee Payment Policy

Student Funded Tuition:
Tuition is due and payable in full at the time of registration and no later than one week prior to the start of classes. This is to ensure student placement in selected courses. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, debit, cheque or cash. An administration fee of $20 will be charged on all NSF cheques.

Government Student Loan Funded Tuition:
The fee payment deadline is no later than one week prior to the start of classes. To meet this deadline, it is recommended that Student Loan application forms be completed and mailed to BCSL by June 30. If fee payment or written confirmation of loan approval by BCSL is not received by the deadline, students will then be responsible to pay 50% of their fees to secure their registration in courses. The remaining 50% is due by September 30. If these conditions are not met, the student may be de-registered from courses.

Other Sources of Outside Funding:
Students applying for Indian and Northern Affairs funding, RESP's, or funding from other outside sources should submit their applications prior to June 30. Written confirmation of approval from the funding agency must be received two weeks prior to the start of classes, and must also state the expected date that fees will be forthcoming to the school.


Tuition for full and part-time students and students who are not in a program is based on the cost of individual courses and workshops. Some courses and workshops have an additional material fee (see individual descriptions for details).

Programs - Full time Tuition Per Semester Hours per Semester
Certificate: 7 courses @ $425 per course $2975 252 hrs
Diploma: 7 courses @ $425 per course $2975 252 hrs
Independent Studio (includes studio space) $1800 252 hrs
Courses Tuition Hours
12 Week $425 36 hrs
6 Week (spring semester only) $235 18 hrs
Research Project (includes studio space) $2300 144 hrs
Workshops* Tuition Hours
5 day $395 30 hrs
4 day $365 24 hrs
3 day $295 18 hrs
2 day (materials not included) $225 12 hrs
2 day (materials included) $275 12 hrs
1 day (materials not included) $125 6 hrs
1 day (materials included) $175 6 hrs
1/2 day (materials included) $85 3 hrs
*Workshop tuition varies based on materials and setup time.

Tuition Tax Receipt (form T2202)
For tax year 2019 and later years, every DEI in Canada will file the new T2202, Tuition and Enrolment Certificate, for each student meeting the following conditions:

Thus, tuition tax receipts (form T2202) are issued for Certificate and Diploma Program students registered in courses where total tuition for the year exceeds $100. The tax receipt is generated in February for the previous calendar year. For more information, please review the CRA site.

Refund Policy
Please refer to our REFUND POLICY for information on withdrawing from a course or workshop.

Students attending the Vancouver Island School of Art are eligible for loans from the British Columbia Student Assistance Program.