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Payment Deadlines, Fee Deferrals, Refunds & Reinstatement

 Payment Deadlines

Please note: A deposit is normally required for all students to all programs prior to registration. Deposits are partially or fully non-refundable. See Refunds (below) for details.

Undergraduate and Graduate programs
Fall semester
Canadian/permanent residents September 1
International students Deposit due upon registration
Balance of fees due September 1
Winter semester
Canadian/permanent residents January 5
International students Deposit due December 1
Balance of fees due January 5
Summer semester
Canadian/permanent residents Session 1 & 3 due May 4
Session 2 due June 22
International students Deposit due upon registration
Balance of fees for
Session 1 & 3 due May 4
Session 2 due June 22
Trade programs
Foundation Fees are due in full on or before the first day of classes
Apprenticeship Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration

Students whose fees have not been paid in full, or who do not have a fee deferral by the payment deadline, may have their registration cancelled and their space made available to students in the following order of priority: a) wait-listed students b) new registrants from the late applicant group.

 Fee Deferrals

Canadian/permanent residents

Student Awards & Financial Support is responsible for the approval of fee deferrals.

Students who meet all of the following conditions will have their fees deferred automatically:

  1. Cannot pay the balance of their fees by the deadline dates and
  2. Who have been approved for full-time student loans through StudentAid BC prior to the start of classes, and
  3. Have a loan amount greater than their total fees owing

Students who can provide proof of funding from a province other than BC may also be granted a fee deferral.

Schedule of fee payment for deferred students on semester programs
Semester Full balance deadline
Fall September 18
Winter January 15 (eight- and nine-month programs)

Students applying for student loans are strongly encouraged to apply two months in advance of their fee payment/fee deferral deadline.

New international applicants

New international applicants are eligible for a deferral. Defferals will normally be granted on a one-time basis only. All deferrals will expire one calendar year from the start date noted in the original Letter of Acceptance. If a student's request for a deferral is approved, TRU will hold and retain 100% of all paid tuition and other scheduled fees and apply these to the new semester. All tuition paid to TRU will be forfeited if the applicant does not register and begin classes within one calendar year of the start date noted in the original Letter of Acceptance.

 Refunds

Please note: Deposits are partially or fully non-refundable within one month prior to the start of an academic term.

Refunds requests must be submitted to Enrolment Services.

Refund requests are normally processed within 4 to 6 weeks. If your request is approved you will receive a cheque in the mail, as we are unable to directly reverse charges to credit cards.

Undergraduate and Graduate programs

 Open programs and returning limited or selective programs ($300 tuition deposit)

Fall semester
Withdrawal before August 1 Full refund
Withdrawal on August 1 until the end of the course change period (end of the second week of instruction) Full refund less the $300 tuition deposit
After the course change period No refund
Winter semester
Withdrawal before December 1 Full refund
Withdrawal on December 1 until the end of the course change period (end of the second week of instruction) Full refund less the $300 tuition deposit
After the course change period No refund

 First-time limited or selective programs ($500 tuition deposit)

Fall and Winter semester
Withdrawal until the end of the course change period (end of the second week of instruction) Full refund less the $300 tuition deposit
After the course change period No refund

Trades programs

 Foundation

Withdrawal a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the program $200 partial refund of the $500 commitment fee
Withdrawal less than 30 days before the start of the program until 14 days past the start of the program Full refund of fees less the $500 commitment fee
Withdrawal after 14 days into a seven-month or less program No refund
Withdrawal after 14 days into a eight-month or longer program No refund of fees for the first term

 Apprenticeship

Withdrawal a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of class Full refund
Withdrawal less than 30 days before the start of class or after the start of classes No refund

International students

Unpaid fines, outstanding fees, and administrative fees ($200 CDN) owing to TRU will be deducted prior to any approved deferral or refund.

Students required to withdraw or who are not admitted to TRU due to a violation of university policy are not entitled to deferrals or refunds.

All fee payment deadlines for international students are firm. It is the responsibility of the students to familiarize themselves with important deadlines and to plan and budget accordingly.

 New international applicants

Tuition fees, deposits, and other fees for the first semester are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All new international applicants who receive a visa and study permit (including students who have been approved for a deferral) and a Letter of Acceptance issued by TRU are expected to begin their studies at TRU in the designated semester noted in their original Letter of Acceptance.

New students who can provide official documentation from IRCC (Government of Canada) indicating that their visa and/or study permit application was denied are eligible for a full refund of tuition and applicable fees, minus an administrative processing charge as per the published fee schedule.

TRU reserves the right to contact IRCC to verify the status of a visa and/or study permit application and/or to verify the contents of a refusal letter.

New international applicants who are eligible for a tuition refund (less the non-refundable administrative fee) should submit their refund request in writing prior to the course change or course withdrawal deadline. The request must include offical documentation from IRCC. Refund requests will be processed in the order they have been submitted and will be completed pending verification of accompanying documentation.

 Continuing and returning international students

Withdrawal 4 weeks prior to the start of instruction 100% refund of tuition deposit (minus administrative processing charge)
Withdrawal within the 4 weeks prior to the start of instruction 50% refund of tuition deposit (minus administrative processing charge)
Students who have obtained a visa extension letter from TRU and request a refund prior to the first day of classes 50% refund (minus administrative processing charge)
After first day of instruction No refund
 Reinstatement

Students may be deleted from courses if payment is not received in full by the fee payment deadline. Reinstatement into courses can occur only between the reinstatement dates outlined below upon payment of all outstanding fees and a reinstatement fee (under Administrative Fees). The student must then advise the Registrar's Office of the payment and courses will be reinstated.

Last day for reinstatement
Fall semester November 30
Winter semester April 1