Tuition Fees & Deadlines


Undergraduate and Graduate Fees and Tuition
2018 Summer Refund Table
2018 Fall Refund Table

Material Fees

Students are expected to provide materials for their classes. In most cases, these materials can be purchased from the NSCAD Supply Store. However, in some cases, due to the nature of the materials and the economy of bulk purchasing, materials will be purchased by the University and made available to students from the department or instructor. Students registered in courses for which such bulk purchasing is done will be required to pay a Materials Fee. In such cases, the amount of the Materials Fee will be published in the course outline distributed at the first class meeting, and the amount will be automatically charged to the student’s account.


NSCAD University takes its responsibility to consult students about fees seriously. In 2017-18, an ad hoc committee on materials fees was convened by the Vice-President, Academic & Research to review materials fees and to ensure that all materials fees were properly calculated and correspond to the following definition:

Material Fee: “a Material Fee is charged for an issued, tangible, consumable material that a student retains throughout the course and after the course concludes. The materials must be issued to the student by the University (preferably at a lower price than they could secure on their own). The students can ‘see’ a direct correlation between the materials issued to them and the Material Fee they are being charged, i.e.: they are receiving the same cost value of materials as the fee amount.”

The committee composed of 2 members from SUNSCAD, 1 technician, 1 faculty member, 1 member of the Finance & Administration team, and the VPAR (chair) vetted all materials fees and proposed the introduction of a Studio Production Fee. It was proposed that a “Studio/Production fee” be introduced to account for supplies that are not specifically allocated to each student but that do need to be readily accessible to ensure the viability of the lab or studio and the richest experience of students. These indirect materials are not covered by tuition nor the current Material Fee, and yet students benefit from ready access to caustic WHMIS controlled substances, propane, a variety of glazes, printing inks, paper types, thread, i.e., materials which stock the labs and studios, but which are not directly consumable materials (under the definition for Materials Fees, especially since variety and choice are not criteria for Materials Fees).

In March 2018, the student body was surveyed. They were presented with clear and concise definitions of materials and studio/production fees, along with a table of the fees per course, via Brightspace to ensure that all students received the information. The students unanimously endorsed the fees.

The students were also assured of NSCAD’s commitment to consult annually (specifically by November 15) on any changes, additions or deletions to materials fees and studio production fees.

Going forward, NSCAD commits to annually consult on changes or additions to materials fees and studio/production fees. Following the timelines of the Academic Calendar, any changes to fees (additions, deletions, adjustments) will be circulated to all current students by November 15 and a consultation be held at that time to discuss any questions or concerns about the materials and/or studio/production fees. The consultation will include open meetings and wide consultation through digital fora.

Questions about materials fees or studio/production fees should be directed to Dr. Ann-Barbara Graff (Vice-President, Academic & Research).

Letter of Permission Tuition

Students taking courses at other Universities on a Letter of permission are expected to pay fees directly to the other institution. Students should factor in these additional tuition and fee payments when applying for student loans.

International Health Insurance Plan

All International and exchange students will be automatically enrolled in NSCAD’s International student health plan. This plan ensures that students have adequate coverage for Canadian medical services. NSCAD’s International student health plan is currently provided through Travel Insurance Coordinators Ltd (TIC). The coverage is for a 12 month period of September 1 to August 31 at a cost of $650. All prices are subject to change. The cost of this mandatory single plan will be included on the student’s account with no exceptions. Note that exchange students visiting for less than 4 months may be eligible for short term coverage at $236 per term.

Student’s who become eligible for MSI can opt out of the plan. Students may also purchase additional coverage for spouse or family directly from TIC.

For additional information, contact the Manager of Financial Aid and Student Counseling by email at or by telephone at (902)494-8130.