Financial Policies

Fall/Winter 2018 – 2019

  • Registration for new and returning CBU students for 2018/2019 Fall/Winter opens on May 1st, 2018 at 8:30am.
  • Students registered in the 2018 summer term must have all fees paid prior to the commencement of the 2018 fall term and course fees must be paid based on the financial policies of the 2018 spring/summer term below.
  • Students with past-due balances cannot register until balance is paid in full.
  • A total of 60% of tuition and academic fees must be paid no later than Sept. 30, with the remaining 40% to be paid no later than Jan. 15th. 100% of the medical and dental plan fees and campus activity fee are due by Sept. 30th.
  • Students in residence must pay the required residence confirmation and down payment fees totaling $700.00 in addition to the above tuition fees.
  • Students with student loans are required to pay all tuition and fees by Sept 30th. Students are accordingly encouraged to apply for student loans on a timely basis to ensure their loan is processed by this date.
  • Any student registered for the Winter 2019 term who does not have fees related to the Fall 2018 term paid in full will be in jeopardy of de-registration from the Winter 2019 term.
  • All residence and meal plan fees for the term are due at the beginning of each term.
  • Students claiming Canadian landed immigrant status will be charged differential fees unless documented verification has been provided to Enrolment Services.
  • First term marks will only be issued to students who have paid all first term tuition and fees (including outstanding library fines) in full.
  • Interest will be calculated on outstanding balances at the rate of 1% the first day of each month.
  • Students over 65 or pre-retired at 60 may be granted a tuition waiver (does not apply to online education courses, tutorials or graduate courses).
  • Please review the deposit refund policies for new international students found at the bottom of this page.

     There will be no exceptions to the above stated financial policies.

Class Withdrawal and Financial Refunds

A student who wishes to withdraw from a course(s) must do so officially online using the student on-line access on the CBU website, or in writing. Please retain confirmation of drop for your records. Ceasing to attend lectures or notifying the instructor does not constitute an official withdrawal and refunds will not be issued in these circumstances. (Please note that deadline dates for dropping courses without Academic Penalty differ from these dates and are listed in the Calendar Of Events in the Academic Calendar)

Tuition, Students’ Union Fees, IT Fees, Campus Renewal Fees,  Lab Fees, and Differential Fees will be refunded in accordance with the following schedule:

WITHDRAWAL DATES FIRST TERM FEES SECOND TERM FEES
Sept. 5 – Sept. 14 100% 100%
Sept. 15 – Sept. 21 75% 100%
Sept. 22 – Oct. 14 50% 100%
Oct. 15 – Dec. 31 100%
Jan. 7 – Jan. 16 100%
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23 75%
Jan. 24 – Feb. 15 50%
Feb. 16 – Apr. 30

**Any loss, damage, or interruption of classes, accommodation or meals suffered by any student as a result of circumstances beyond reasonable control, including the suspension or termination of services by any group of University employees, is not the responsibility of Cape Breton University.

Spring/Summer 2018

  • In order to register for courses in the 2018 Spring/Summer term, students are required to have a zero balance owing from previous terms. Previous balances must be paid through the accepted methods of payment prior to registering. *Note that online banking payments take two to three business days to process, so please ensure that these transactions are completed in a timely manner to avoid any delays.
  • Refunds for courses dropped during the Spring/Summer term are based on the cost of the course divided by the number of classes (weeks for distance courses) that take place during the duration of the course. Once 50% of the course has been completed no refund will be given.
  • Distance fees are non-refundable once the course begins.
  • Interest is charged on ALL outstanding balances beginning June 1st, 2018. If any course has not been paid for in full, regardless of start date, interest will apply at the rate of 1% per month.
  • Final grades will not be accessible until course fees have been paid in full.
  • Students living in Residence must have their accommodations paid for at the beginning of the term.
  • All spring/summer 2018 courses must be paid for by the course’s end date or no later than August 31st, 2018 (whichever date occurs first).
  • If paying remainder of course fees via online banking please visit the Payment Options page for online banking instructions.
  • All fees related to the spring/summer 2018 term must be paid prior to the beginning of the 2018 fall term. If fees remain unpaid when the 2018 fall term begins, course registrations will be cancelled.
  • Please review deposit refund policies for new international students found at the bottom of this page.

**Any loss, damage, or interruption of classes, accommodation or meals suffered by any student as a result of circumstances beyond reasonable control, including the suspension or termination of services by any group of University employees, is not the responsibility of Cape Breton University.

Deposit Refund Policy For New International Students

Students who have received a letter of offer from Cape Breton University for the September 2018 intake and prior:

Please note that 100% of a student’s deposit will be returned in the case his/her study visa is not granted (appropriate documentation required). For fully accepted students arriving to CBU with a valid study permit, should you choose to withdraw, 50% of your tuition deposit is classified as non-refundable and automatically withheld/forfeited to CBU.  All international students who arrive in Canada choosing to leave CBU must request a withdrawal and refund in person. Processing can take four to six weeks.

Students who have received a letter of offer from Cape Breton University for the January 2019 intake or later:

Please note that 100% of a student’s deposit will be returned in the case his/her study visa is not granted (appropriate documentation required). For fully accepted students arriving to CBU with a valid study permit, should you choose to withdraw, 100% of your tuition deposit is classified as non-refundable and automatically withheld/forfeited to CBU.  All international students who arrive in Canada choosing to leave CBU, must request a withdrawal and refund in person. Processing can take four to six weeks.

Please note: In either of the above noted cases, Cape Breton University does not assume any financial responsibility on any fees charged by intermediary banks during the refund process. Additionally, Cape Breton University refunds the funds in CAD or USD (if required) and does not assume responsibility of any loss on exchange incurred when fees are converted to local currency.