Tuition Fees & Deadlines


Undergraduate and Graduate Fees and Tuition

Tuition Payment and Refund Dates
 CLASS TYPE Tuition Due Date
100% Refund
75% Refund
50% Refund
0% (No Refund)
Fall 2023
Tuition Due date:  September 19,2023
Full semester 14 weeks(start date September 5,2023)
  September 19
October 3
October 10
October 11
Winter 2024 Tuition Due Date January 17,2023        
Full Semester 14 weeks(start date: January 3,2024)
  January 17
January 31
February 7
February 8

Material Fees are Non- refundable after the first day of semester. Material refund forms must be filled out and submitted to the Student Accounts Office.


See below for Other Fee Refunds

All NSCAD students pay their tuition and other academic and miscellaneous fees through the Office of Financial services. You can contact us here:

NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
Phone: 902 494 8117         Fax: 902 429 4925

Students are responsible for keeping their accounts current, and should check their account status regularly online through Self-Service or by contacting the Office of Financial Services via email at It is the student’s responsibility to comply with the financial regulations and payment schedules of NSCAD. Registration is regarded as incomplete until all fees have been paid in full.


Financial dates are different from academic dates. Students are required to pay all required fees in full each semester by the following dates: September 19 (fall 2023) /January 17 (winter 2024). Tuition refund dates are posted above. Students must advise the Registrar’s Office that they are planning to drop a course. Not attending classes does not constitute an official withdrawal. Please view the academic calendar for withdrawal options.


Domestic health plan refund requests must be submitted online by the end of the month in which the semester begins. Further inquiries should be directed to the SUNSCAD office: 902 494 8127. For international health plan opt-out inquiries contact David Murch VIP Insurance International Coordinator at U-Pass is non-refundable without  approval.  Material fee refunds are permitted with Material Fee Refund Form and  instructor approval, please contact the technician assigned in the applicable department.


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.


Academic registration is not valid until fees are paid in full.  Unpaid fees remaining after the due date may result in cancellation of student privileges, including access to campuses, studios, e-mail, Self-Service, Brightspace, computer network access, cancellation of enrolment and withdrawal from future classes at NSCAD. Diplomas, transcripts and grades will not be issued to students with overdue balances. For additional details, please review policy 4.10 Tuition and Fees Payment and Refund Policy in the University Policies section on the website for further information.

Students with outstanding balances as of the following dates will be removed from future semesters:

July 31: Students with outstanding balances up to and including the Summer semester will be removed from Fall and Winter classes for non-payment. Reinstatement and registration after payment of fees will mean the loss of any registration priority.

November 15: Students with outstanding balances up to and including the Fall semester will be removed from Winter classes for non-payment. Reinstatement and registration after payment of fees will mean the loss of any registration priority.

March 1: All outstanding fees must be paid for students to be eligible to register for future terms.

Late Payment Interest Fee: Interest of 12% will begin accruing on all outstanding accounts 30 days following the  due date for semester fees. A late payment fee of $50 will be assessed on all accounts that are past due.


NSCAD university students applying for Canada Student Loans and provincial student loans must have the loans made out to NSCAD University as the official Institution of Record. Most student loans are now processed electronically, if you have questions regarding your student loan application please refer to our Financial Aid Office. Students should apply for Canada Student Loan and provincial assistance at least three months before they expect to begin study at NSCAD to ensure funds will be available at the beginning of the term. Late payment fees will apply if students do not apply on time and payment is delayed. In Mid-August for FALL, Mid-December for WINTER and Mid-April for SUMMER, NSCAD University will begin to verify your registration for the loan files we have received. After confirming you are registered full-time, we will process your loan online for any outstanding tuition and fees at that time. The remaining balance of your loan (if applicable) will be sent to you directly by Canada Student Loan and may take up to 2 weeks to be processed. Any additional courses registered into after this date will lead to additional charges on your account for which you will be responsible to pay directly. We cannot process loans more than once. Please note that Waitlist courses do not count towards your course load until you are officially registered. Any credit balance on your account that results from dropping or withdrawing from a course that was paid with a student loan must be refunded directly to the National Student Loan Office.

Senior Citizen Discount

The university offers a 40% discount to senior citizens (60+) enrolled in undergraduate courses.


Deposit: $100 per semester

In order to register for any semester, a $100 deposit (non-refundable once classes begin) will be required at the time of registration. Student Accounts must approve all financial arrangements. Questions regarding such arrangements should be directed to 902 494 8117.

  1. Online or telephone banking with the following financial institutions: BMO, TD, RBC, Scotiabank, CIBC, President’s Choice Financial, Central 1 Credit Union and Atlantic Credit Union. When you go to your online bank account set NSCAD up as a payee as opposed to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Your account number is the 6 digit or 7 digit ID number shown on your NSCAD ID card (use all numbers including the 0’s at the beginning of the number).
  2. Pay in Person at any of the above mentioned financial institutions.
  3. for International Students
  4. Bank or Postal Money Order in Canadian funds payable to NSCAD University.
  5. Cheque (current dated) from a Canadian financial institution made payable to NSCAD University.
  6. Interac/Debit (in person only)
  7. Cash (in person only)
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.

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. Coverage is for a 12-month period from September 1 to August 31 at a cost of $725. 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 four months may be eligible for short term coverage at $522 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 the insurance provider.

Building Access Cards Fee: $20.00

New students are required to obtain an access card for a $20 fee. This card grants the student access to the campus buildings and required studios. If Students lose their card there is a replacement fee charge of $20. Students will receive a $10 refund upon return of the access card at the conclusion of the student’s program.

Other Charges and Fees

Courier Fee: Charge of courier plus $5 administrative fee
Transcripts- Unofficial: $5
Transcripts-Official: $10
Transcripts- Rush: $20
Replacement ID card: $10
Bus Pass Replacement: $20
NSF: Cheques returned by bank: $20
PLAR Assessment: $75 per 3 credits
Duplicate Tax Receipts: $10 per tax year; archived (over five years): $25 per year

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