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Tuition Deposit

(see also Fees)

The following information is for most University Program students. International students or students in certain programs will have a different payment schedule which may require a larger deposit or an earlier deposit; these students will be notified separately of their due dates.

Students who are new to a program are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable $200 tuition deposit. This deposit is typically due three weeks after the offer of admission and is applied towards tuition. Failure to pay this deposit will prevent you from registering for courses.

How to Pay Your Tuition Deposit

(See also Fee Payment through Scholarships/Bursaries and Fee Payment through Sponsorship on the Fees page)

There are 4 convenient payment options:

  1. Using online banking: most financial institutions will now allow you to set up Vancouver Island University as a Payee, using your 9 digit Student Number as your account number. This will enable you to pay all your fees directly from your bank account.
  2. In Person: You may pay in person at the Nanaimo campus Cashier, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Monday to Friday; the Cowichan campus, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-3:00 pm; or the Powell River campus, Monday to Thursday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. In-person deposit payments may be made by cash, cheque (not post-dated), Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Interac (debit card). On the Nanaimo campus you can drop off payments by cheque, money order or with your credit card information after hours in the secure deposit box outside the Registration Centre in building 200. Always include your student number and indicate that the payment is intended for your tuition deposit.
  3. Online: Even if you don't use Web Registration, you can still pay your deposit online, using Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Log onto your student record at My Student Record, go to the Fees link, click on Tuition Deposit and the Make a Payment button.
  4. By mail: Send a cheque or money order payable to Vancouver Island University. You may also pay by Visa, Mastercard or American Express through the mail: write down the card number, expiry date, and cardholder's name. Do not send cash in the mail! Allow 10 days for mailed payments to reach the University. It is always important to include your name and student number on any correspondence.

If your cheque is returned from the bank for any reason, or if your credit card payment is not approved, your deposit will be considered unpaid. A $25 service charge is assessed on all cheques returned from the bank. VIU will not accept personal cheques from any student who has had more than one cheque dishonored by the bank.