IUPP: Admission and tuition

Opening pathways

The Indigenous University Preparation Pathway (IUPP) at Simon Fraser University helps Indigenous learners prepare and transition to undergraduate studies. Our pathway offers first-year academic credit courses that integrate humanities and social sciences with Indigenous perspectives.


IUPP is a pre-degree pathway that helps Indigenous students prepare and transition into degree programs at SFU.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must normally have graduated from high school
  • Foundations of Math 10
  • English 11 or English 11 First Peoples
  • One letter of reference (non-family)
  • Duly signed and filled-out form
  • In-person interviews (Zoom interviews may be arranged)
  • Successful completion of the Math Immersion for Indigenous Scholars Program (MIISP), which is a free online 4-week/2 hours per day program running in July to prepare you for IUPP.

Documentation (eg. official high school transcript) may be uploaded along with the online application form, or sent by email, by postal mail or handed in-person. The IUPP Director may provide support services for filling out the application form.

You will gain:

  • A solid foundation of academic and personal success
  • Support from tutors, academic advisors and program staff
  • Academic units towards your undergraduate degree
  • A smooth transition into degree programs at SFU

Tuition and Fees

2021-2022 Academic Calendar Year

The estimated costs for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms, supplementary fees* and SFSS Health and Dental Plan fees (if applicable) are as follows:

Fall 2021, September 8-December 20, 2021: 11 Units

Tuition fees: $199.80 x 11 units = $2,197.80

Supplementary fees: $453.59

Sub-total: $2,651.39

SFSS Health Plan fee (if applicable; per calendar year Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug. 31, 2022): $86.18

SFSS Dental Plan fee (if applicable; per calendar year): $168.18

Sub-total: $254.36

If the student is already covered by an equivalent health and/or dental plan, the deadline to opt-out of the SFSS Health & Dental Plan has not been updated but was Sept. 22, 2020 last year.

Spring 2022, January 10-April 26, 2022: 13 Units

Tuition fees: $199.80 x 13 units = $2,597.40

Supplementary fees: $453.59

Sub-total: $3,050.99

TOTAL FEES Fall 2021 and Spring 2022:

24 Units over 8 courses (16 Academic Units and 8 Units of Foundations courses):

Tuition fees: $199.80 x 24 units = $4,795.20

Supplementary fees: $907.18

TOTAL: $5,702.38

Plus SFSS Health & Dental Plan Fees (if applicable).

Book and supplies cost may be evaluated at approximately $936/term.

Additional costs may arise for residence or meal plan fees (if applicable):

Residence fees: $3,192 to $3,720 per term

Meal Plan: $2,330 per term

* Supplementary Fees: SFU assesses the Student Services/Recreation-Athletics fee, the student activity fee and the U-Pass BC fee to all eligible students in each term of enrollment (exemptions from one or more of these fees may be available).

SFU considers students as being full-time students with a course load of nine units (credits) per term.

IUPP contacts

Dr. Antonieta Mar-y-paz Rivera
Director, Indigenous University Preparation Pathway
RCB 8107

Audrey Heath
Indigenous Student Life Coordinator, Indigenous Student Centre & Indigenous University Preparation Pathway
AQ 2002

Mailing address

Robert C. Brown Hall (RCB) Room 8107
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6