Payment Deadlines & Policies


Fall semester – September 30, 2020: Payment deadline for fall term fees

Winter semester – January 30, 2021: Payment deadline for winter term fees

  • Students registered in the 2020 summer term must have all fees paid prior to registering for the 2020 fall term and course fees must be paid based on the financial policies of the 2020 spring/summer term below.
  • 100% of tuition and academic fees for semester one must be paid no later than Sept. 30, with the semester two to be paid no later than Jan. 30th.
  • 100% of the medical and dental plan fees and campus activity fee are due by Sept. 30th.
  • All residence and meal plan fees for the term are due at the beginning of each term.
  • Distance fees are non-refundable once the course begins.
  • Final grades will not be accessible until course fees have been paid in full.
  • Interest will be calculated on outstanding balances at the rate of 1% on the first day of each month.


Spring/Summer semester – May 30, 2020: Payment deadline for spring/summer fees

  • In order to register for courses in the 2020 spring/summer term, students are required to have a zero balance owing from fall/winter terms.
  • Interest is charged on ALL outstanding balances beginning June 1st, 2020. 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.
  • All residence and meal plan fees for the term are due at the beginning of the term.
  • All fees related to the spring/summer 2020 term must be paid prior to registering for the 2020 fall term.

**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.**

Class Withdrawal and Financial Refunds

A student who wishes to withdraw from a course(s) must do so officially online using the student portal or in writing at Enrolment Services. 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:

Sept. 9 – Sept. 18 100% 100%
Sept. 19 – Sept. 25 75% 100%
Sept. 26 – Oct. 13 50% 100%
Oct. 14 – Dec. 31 100%
Jan. 6 – Jan. 15 100%
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22 75%
Jan. 23- Feb. 15 50%
Feb. 16 – Apr. 30


Refunds will be calculated for the Spring/Summer semester as follows:

  • 100% if dropped 3 days after the first day of class
  • 75% if dropped 4 or 5 days after the first day of class
  • 50% if dropped 6 or 7 days after the first day of class

** One week after the first class, no refund will be issued for dropped courses. **

Refund Policy For New International Students

Students who have received an offer letter from Cape Breton University

  • 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.

Please note: 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.

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

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