How to plan your first-year costs
When planning for your university costs, it’s important to consider both your first-year costs as well as how your costs may change in your second, third, and fourth years. We know how stressful financial planning can be, so let’s take this one step at a time. We’ll help you plan for your first year on this page. Later, you can find more information about the costs of your second year and beyond by reading up on undergraduate tuition fees at UBC.
- Estimate costs specific to you using our online first-year cost estimator. Add up the total for tuition, books, and living costs.
- Download and complete our first-year budget-planning worksheet. (This worksheet is for your own reference only.)
- Let our Enrolment Services Advisors (Vancouver) and Student Services and Financial Support (Okanagan) help you and your family develop a financial plan. If you’d like to schedule a financial advising appointment, contact us.
- See our fees and due dates for important fee deadlines in your first year.
- If you’re an international student and you wish to pay your UBC fees in your home currency, you’re encouraged to do so. Our international funds transfer method allows you to lock into an exchange rate for 72 hours, during which time you can transfer funds to UBC via Western Union Business Solutions.
- First-year budget-planning worksheet
- 69 KB PDF
- Download this fillable PDF template
First-year cost estimator
This is where you can calculate your financial plan and find your program’s tuition for your first year at UBC.
Try as many options as you want. The numbers will be updated each time you click the Calculate button. All fees and costs are current estimates and are based on a first-year full course load. If you are pursuing a Bachelor + Master of Management dual degree, you’ll need to add $1,480.50 (Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada) or $2,249.90 (international students) to your first-year tuition total below.
Looking ahead to second year and beyond?
Tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students.
First-year cost estimator fees last updated December 2023.