Fees and Payments
The tuition fee framework and ancillary fees guidelines are issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and are administered by the Registrar's Office. There are two categories of ancillary fees — essential and optional.
Students have until the last day to drop courses with a refund to opt out of optional ancillary fees.
Descriptions of ancillary fees effective September 2020 are available online.
Tuition Fees: Academic Year
The tuition fee framework is issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and is administered by the Registrar's Office. There are two categories of tuition fees – domestic and international.
Domestic Tuition Fees
These fees are charged to students who are Canadian citizens or persons admitted lawfully to Canada for permanent residence. The tuition fee framework is issued by MTCU and is administered by the Registrar's Office.
International Tuition Fees
These fees are charged to students who are non-Canadian citizens or are admitted under a study permit. Tuition fees for international students are established by Seneca's Board of Governors and are administered by the Registrar's Office.
A full-time student is defined as being registered in 66.66 per cent or more of the regularly assigned number of courses per term of a full-time program or 70 per cent or more of the regularly assigned contact hours per term of a full-time program.
A part-time (partial-load) student is defined as being registered in less than 66.66 per cent of the regularly assigned number of courses per term of a full-time program and less than 70 per cent of the regularly assigned contact hours per term of a full-time program.
Students with Disabilities
Students who require the accommodation of a reduced course load due to the impact of a documented disability, may be eligible for reduced tuition fees for the final courses needed to complete their program. Some conditions apply. Please contact the Registrar's Office for additional information.
Nursing – Collaborative (BSCN)
A full-time student in the Nursing (Collaborative with York University) program is defined as being registered in 60 per cent or more of the regularly assigned number of courses per term.
If a student takes more than the prescribed number of courses per term, an additional fee will be assessed for the additional course(s). Please contact the Registrar's Office for information.
Continuing Education Course(s)
Fees for course(s) offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education can be found online.
Fee Payment Deadlines
Minimum payment must be made by the fees deposit due date. The remainder of the tuition payment is due on the first day of classes.
The minimum tuition fee deposit is fully applied toward tuition costs. The minimum tuition fee deposit is non-refundable. More information about fee payments is available online.
Late Tuition/Ancillary Fee Payment
Fees are due by the first day of classes in the term. A late fee (penalty) of $150 will be applied after the last day to drop courses without receiving a grade and with a refund. Please refer to our Important Academic Dates webpage for fee payment and enrolment deadlines.
Information about financial assistance can be found online.
If you are unable to make your payment by the required due date, please visit the Registration Office at your campus to discuss your account.
Information and options on how to pay fees can be found online.
Sponsored students must provide the Registrar's Office with the name and branch of their sponsoring agency. Written authorization, including the counsellor's name, address and phone number, is also required. After this information is submitted, an invoice for fees will be sent to the appropriate agency.
Tuition appeals should be directed to the Registrar's Office.
Notice of Change of Fees
All fees are subject to change. Seneca will make every effort to provide as much advance notice as possible to students when fees change.
A non-refundable fee of $25 is charged for a formal academic appeal, for each level of appeal. The fee covers all matters under appeal and is payable at the Registrar's Office.
Applicant testing is required for some programs.
The Mature Student Test carries a one-time charge of $55.
English Language Institute (ELI) assessment tests are scheduled on a published date each term. Students who write ELI assessment tests after the published dates will be charged a late fee of $55.
Skills Assessment/College Placement testing is administered to place admitted students in the appropriate level of mathematics. Students who write the skills assessment/college placement test(s) after the published deadline will be charged a late fee of $30.
Courses which are audited cannot be taken for academic credit. There are no examination or evaluation privileges, and in no instance may credit standing be obtained for a course which has been audited.
Application to audit a course must be made through the Registrar's Office. Tuition fees will be equal to the regular tuition fees associated with that course.
All Work-Integrated Learning programs are charged an additional non-refundable administrative fee of $495. This fee is charged in the term in which the first Work Term Preparation course is enrolled at the rate of $495.
The fee for a replacement credential is $55 plus HST.
Learning Materials, Equipment and Clothing Retained by the Student
A listing of the costs of learning materials, equipment and clothing retained by students will be sent to all new and returning students. These expenses are not tax deductible and are not recorded on T2202A tax receipts.
There is a charge of $10 plus tax per official transcript.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) evaluates experiential learning.
An assessment fee of $119 is charged for each course, portfolio assessment or challenge evaluation assessed through prior learning assessment.
Returned Cheques/Credit Card Irregularities
A $35 fee is charged for returned cheques or credit card irregularities.
A Promotion Committee may recommend “Supplemental Privilege” (for full-time students in no more than two courses in a term with five courses) for a student who has failed to meet the minimum requirements for a course. The privilege entitles the student, on payment of a fee, to write an examination in that course or to complete other prescribed work as directed by the Promotion Committee. For more information please visit the Policy page.
The non-refundable fee for a supplemental examination is $15 per supplemental examination.