Most students are required to pay a non-refundable deposit in the Student Service Centre when they accept their offer of admission to UBC. The acceptance deposit counts as your first registration deposit, and is applied to your tuition fees after you register for classes.
There are some exceptions, though. If you’re receiving a major award or sponsorship funding – from UBC or a third party – and that funding is delayed, your registration deposit may be deferred until the rest of your tuition fees are due. If you’ve self-identified as an Aboriginal person of Canada, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred in an effort to support students who are being funded by third parties, including their band or Nation.
Can I apply to have my registration deposit deferred?
There’s no need to apply. If you’re eligible, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred.
How will I know if my deposit has been deferred?
If UBC has deferred your registration deposit it will be noted in one of two places:
- at the bottom of your letter of admission; or
- in an email from the Enrolment Services team, which explains why you’ve been granted a deferral and what to expect when you log in to the Student Service Centre.
Don’t worry if you are still prompted to pay a deposit on your registration screen. If you have confirmation that your registration deposit has been deferred, you can safely ignore this default warning.
Who can help me with financial planning?
If you have financial concerns or you’re facing financial challenges, please contact an advisor on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus. We can help you plan how to finance your studies at UBC.