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Paying for School

Parents and guardians play an integral role in the education of our students through their ongoing support.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Fees

International Fees

Student Activity Fees

Residence Fees

Audit Fees

The audit fee is set at 50 percent of the unit fee, plus $20.00 (Student Assistance Levy).  Please note that audit fees are non-refundable after the full refund date.

Policy on Overdue Accounts

As of January 31 for the fall and winter academic session and August 31 for the summer term, outstanding accounts will be considered overdue and will be subject to the Senate policy governing overdue accounts;

Any student with an overdue debt with the University will not be permitted to register or to receive examination results, official transcripts, or grade reports until the outstanding account is settled in full or until an acceptable arrangement for settling the account is made by the department(s) concerned.

In no case will a diploma be released to a student with an outstanding debt with the University.

In addition, annually, by mid-March, overdue accounts from the preceding summer term and fall and winter terms will be placed in the hands of a collection agency and future registrations will require full payment of tuition by certified means at the time of registration.

Students taking courses offered in another Faculty / School

The fee unit will be determined by the Faculty through which the student is registered and completing a degree program.  Students should be prepared to pay a fee that may be higher than the accredited academic unit.

Queen's University Fee Policies

Help your Student Prepare

Determine a Budget

  • Take into account tuition costs, textbook and materials costs, student fees, accommodation, travel and other living expenses.
  • The Registrar's office provides a sample budget.

Create a Financial Plan

  • There are many options to help create a plan to finance their education. See two different financial plans, with a variety of funding sources you could use to pay for their education.

Financial Definitions

Money talk can take on a language of its own. This glossary will help you decipher some of the student financial assistance terminology.


  • Is non-repayable – an amount of money you receive to assist you in financing your education that you do not have to pay back.
  • Award is a general term used to describe a scholarship or bursary. In some cases, the term award is used when there is a blend of academic, financial need and/or other criteria associated with the terms of the award.
  • All Queen’s admission awards will be deposited in your student fee account by late July.


  • Is non-repayable – an amount of money you receive to assist you in financing your education that you do not have to pay back.
  • Based on an assessment of your financial need.

Admission Scholarship

  • Is non-repayable – an amount of money you receive to recognize your academic achievement.
  • Based on academic excellence (your high school grades). Sometimes also referred to as a merit-based award.
  • In some cases, there may be other criteria such as involvement in school and community.


  • Governments, companies and organizations offer grants to students who meet certain conditions, such as financial need, academic skill, or special ability.
  • Not a loan! An amount of money you do not have to pay back.


  • Money you receive that must be paid back, usually over a period of time.
  • Loans under government student assistance programs are interest-free while you are a full-time student and are based on financial need. You will begin to repay loans when you cease to be a full-time student. Some provinces/territories within Canada may have programs which reduce the amount of repayable loans.
  • A student line of credit is a loan from a financial institution (ie. commercial bank). You pay only the interest while you are in school. You begin repayment of the principal after you have graduated. Unlike government student loans, a student line of credit is not based on financial need. To qualify, you usually require a co-signer (eg. parent or guardian). You can apply for a student line of credit at most major Canadian banks.

Renewable Awards

  • Is non-repayable
  • Renewable scholarships and awards are available to students as they enter the University.  These awards are available to the recipients in future years as long as the renewal criteria are satisfied during each year of study at Queen’s.


  • A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a special savings plan that many families have used to save for their child’s post-secondary education.

Work Study Program

  • Provides students with demonstrated financial need, priority for certain part-time jobs on campus and for jobs with not-for-profit organizations.

Have Questions?

Call us at 613-533-2470 or email us.

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