Payment Deadlines, Policies & Regulations

Cape Breton University reserves the right, without liability or penalty and without notice, to make changes in its offered services and programs, including alteration of fee schedules, fee regulations,  and cancellation of particular courses, and other relevant policies/regulations. Upon registration, each student becomes bound by the policies and regulations of Cape Breton University. Students are responsible for being familiar with the general information, rules and regulations of Cape Breton University, as well as the specific requirements of each program, degree, diploma or certificate that the student aims to achieve. It is the student’s responsibility to choose courses that are appropriate to the program requirements and understand fee policies/regulations.

Fall/Winter

Fall semester – September 30, 2021: Payment deadline for fall term fees

Winter semester – January 30, 2022: Payment deadline for winter term fees

  • Students registered in the 2021 summer term must have all fees paid prior to registering for the 2021 fall term and course fees must be paid based on the financial policies of the 2021 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.
  •  Letters of Confirmation, Letters of Completion, Transcripts of grades, Parchments, and any other official documentation will not be provided 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

Spring/Summer semester – May 30, 2022: Payment deadline for spring/summer fees

  • In order to register for courses in the 2022 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, 2022. 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.
  • Letters of Confirmation, Letters of Completion, Transcripts of grades, Parchments, and any other official documentation will not be provided 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 2022 term must be paid prior to registering for the 2022 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.**

Disclosure Regarding SIN Collection

In 2018, the Federal Government of Canada introduced a new requirement for all designated educational institutions in Canada. To adhere to that requirement, CBU must now collect all student Social Insurance Numbers (SINs) for government reporting purposes. For more information, visit CBU.ca/SIN or click the button below.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SIN COLLECTION

Class Withdrawal and Financial Rebates

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 rebates 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 rebated in accordance with the following schedule:

WITHDRAWAL DATES SEPT 8, 2021 COURSE START FEES JAN 17, 2022 COURSE START FEES
Sept 8 – Sept 17 100% 100%
Sept 18 – Sept 24 75% 100%
Sept 25 – Oct 17 50% 100%
Oct 18 – Dec 31 100%
Jan 10 – Jan 26 100%
Jan 27 – Feb 2 75%
Feb 3 – Feb 25 50%
Feb 26 – Apr 30
WITHDRAWAL DATES MAY 2, 2022 COURSE START FEES JUNE 20, 2022 COURSE START FEES
May 2 – May 6 100% 100%
May 7 –  May 8 75% 100%
May 9 – May 10 50% 100%
May 11 – June 24 100%
June 25 – June 26 75%
June 27 – June 28 50%
June 29 – Aug 10

Refund Policy For New International Students

This policy is for students who have received an offer letter from Cape Breton University

It is the responsibility of the students to familiarize themselves with the Important Dates Calendar and deadline dates and to plan/budget accordingly.

For students who have received an offer letter, but their study visa is not granted: 

Please note that 100% of a student’s deposit will be returned in the case their study visa is not granted and they were not enrolled in any courses (appropriate documentation is required from the student). To make this refund request, please email internationalaccounts@cbu.ca CBU reserves the right to contact IRCC to verify the status of a visa and/or study permit application and to verify the contents of a refusal letter.

For students who have received an offer letter and have obtained a valid study permit:

For fully accepted students arriving to CBU with a valid study permit, should you choose not to enrol in classes, or to withdraw from previously enrolled classes, 100% of your tuition deposit is classified as non-refundable and non-transferable. Tuition deposits will automatically be withheld/forfeited to CBU. Please notify internationalaccounts@cbu.ca if you plan to withdraw from classes to ensure you are not charged additional fees.

For students who have received an offer letter and have enrolled in courses without final visa approval:

For fully accepted students who enrol in courses without final visa approval (Approval in Principle), should your visa application be refused and you choose to withdraw after courses begin, refunds will be pro-rated based on the duration of study, and appropriate documentation will be requested from the student to verify visa refusal. The unused portion of your tuition deposit will be returned. Please see fee deadlines and email internationalaccounts@cbu.ca to update your student account.

Please note that any student who enrols in courses and then chooses to defer to a later semester is responsible for ensuring all registered courses are dropped before the deadline and that medical plan opt outs are completed. Students will not be reimbursed for courses they do not drop prior to the deadline. Please see deadlines listed in the Important Dates Calendar and follow the deferral process. 

Additional Information

  • To view your course enrolments and/or change your registration, sign in to your student account here.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for refunds to be fully processed
  • For further information regarding International Student tuition deposits, please email internationalaccounts@cbu.ca
  • Tuition deposit refunds must be sent to the account that the initial payment was made from. Cape Breton University bears no responsibility for funds that are delayed or go astray due to inaccurate or obsolete financial information provided by the student. Applicants/students are responsible for all banking and foreign exchange charges associated with their payment/refund and any additional banking charges incurred as a result of inaccurate information.

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

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