Tuition and fees are charged every term including summer unless you are on an authorized leave of absence prior to week 3. Your tuition and student fees are due the second week of the term (see dates and deadlines for specific dates). If you enroll later in the term, you will be responsible for paying immediately.

A 2% late fee penalty will be assessed after the payment due date and on the 1st of each month thereafter (24% per annum).  Please note that the 2% is not an interest rate. It is a 2% penalty charge on any outstanding fees that you may have after the payment due date. You are liable for any penalty charges applied to your account.

To avoid late penalty charges, it is important to pay all outstanding fees while your request is being processed (opt out, withdrawal or another fee adjustment). If your request is granted, the amount approved will be returned to your student account and can be used to pay future fees or you can request a refund from Student Accounts.  

If you have outstanding fees (unpaid fees) on your student account, you will be unable to enroll in a subsequent term, receive a transcript or your parchment.

Pro Tip: Take advantage of our Budget Calculator tool to stay on top of your finances.

Tuition Fees

Your tuition is either charged as a flat rate per term or charged based on how many units in which you are enrolled.

Tuition for research-based programs the 2024-2025 Academic Year

  • Regular Full-time Fee Tuition: 
    $2,107.43 per term
  • Regular Continuing Fee Tuition:
    $1,053.72 per term

*Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change, subject to provincial legislation, and subject to board of governors approval.

Ancillary Fees for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Graduation Fee

  • $12 is charged the first three terms of enrollment for all programs
  • When convocating, the only additional charge you will be responsible for is for your regalia

Student Services Fee

  • $52.01 per term for students enrolled in full-time or part-time studies or any combination of co-op and credit courses

Graduate Student Activity Fee

Recreation-Athletics Fee

  • $86.64 per term: students in per term fee programs, or unit fee programs and enrolled in more than 6 units of on-campus courses
  • $43.33 per term: students in unit-fee programs enrolled in less than 6 units of courses, or are enrolled a co-op through Work Integrated Learning

Universal Transit Pass BC  

  • $184 per term: graduate students enrolled in a per term fee program or per unit fee program with at least one course on-campus
  • The U-Pass BC program provides unlimited, all zone access to public transit in Metro Vancouver including TransLink Bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus services and a discount on West Coast Express Train fares.
  • U-Pass BC eligibility is determined the day after enrollment. If the eligibility requirements are met, then the U-Pass BC term fee is assessed the next business day after course enrollment.

Learn more about the U-Pass BC

Mandatory Supplementary Course Fees

  • Some courses have additional mandatory supplementary course fees. For a list of programs and courses, please visit the SFU Calendar.

Medical Insurance

Graduate Health and Dental

  • Students are automatically enrolled in an Extended Health and Dental plan.
  • Students may opt-out during designated opt-out periods if they have comparable extended health and/or dental plans.

Learn more about Student Care

International Medical Insurance (2023-2024)

  • $281: new international students will be charged a mandatory primary medical insurance for the first term through guard.me@SFU
  • All students are required to have adequate hospital and medical insurance coverage. Adequate medical and hospital insurance is that which is provided under the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP), or any other plan, government or private, which provides coverage equivalent to that offered under the Medical Services Plan of BC.
  • You are expected to apply for BC MSP (MSP health fee: $75/month) when you arrive in British Columbia.

Learn more about medical insurance

How to Pay

Step-by-step instructions on Internet banking (the most convenient method of payment) and additional ways to pay are found on SFU's Student Services.

Allow two to three business days for the payment to be posted to your SFU student account.

We do not accept credit card payment for tuition fees nor cash for any fees.

How to receive an Award, Scholarship, or Bursary


Payment of most merit based awards and scholarships are through Graduate Studies. Award payments will be applied to your goSFU student account first, paying off any outstanding tuition and fees. The remaining funds will be transferred to your personal bank account, if you have signed up for direct deposit on goSFU. Learn more about award payments.

How to Print an Official Receipt

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How much do I owe?

To view your charges and payments:

  1. Log in to goSFU
  2. Scroll to the Finances section
  3. Click Account Inquiry
  4. Click the Activity tab
  5. Press “view all” to see the long or short history of charges and payments


If you are uncertain about your health, finances, time or other resources, you are advised to be conservative in committing yourself to classes. Although the University allows graduate students to drop classes up to week 9, refund dates still apply.

If a withdrawal is after week 9 due to extenuating circumstances (see Withdrawal under Extenuating Circumstances, or WE), a portion of your tuition may be adjusted. Financial hardship alone is not sufficient for granting an appeal for a refund of tuition fees.

TA/TM Payroll Deduction

If you are currently a Teacher Assistant affiliated with the Teaching Support Staff Union, you are eligible to use the Payroll Deduction Process. You can arrange either a voluntary or automatic payroll deduction.

If you are on the payroll deduction plan you will not incur late fee penalties during the deduction period; however, if your account still has outstanding fees after the last payroll deduction date of the term, you will be assessed late fees. 

NOTE: You will be subject to late fee penalties at the rate of 2% on any outstanding balance of your account for the period you don't make any payment through payroll deduction.