Senior Citizen Fee Exemption

Senior citizens interested in completing a few courses at KPU may be eligible for a fee exemption.  Senior citizens pursuing a credential are not eligible for a fee exemption and will need to follow the admissions process as outlined in the academic calendar as a credential seeking, fee paying student.

Guidelines for applying for the Senior Citizen Fee Exemption

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents residing in BC who have reached the age of 65 before the first day of classes may be eligible to apply for the Senior Citizen Fee Exemption.  Approval of a Senior Citizen Fee Exemption is only active for one semester in semester based, primarily undergraduate courses.  The Senior Citizen Fee Exemption is not valid for Continuing and Professional Studies, Fixed-Term Apprenticeship or Foundation offerings, Continuous-Intake offerings, or cost-recovery programs offered by KPU (including, but not limited to, the Brewing and Brewery Operations Program). 

Registration for seniors applying for the fee exemption begins each term on the first day of classes.

The following guidelines must be followed in order to receive the tuition exemption:

  • proof of Canadian citizenship/residency at the time of application must be provided
  • proof of age at the time of application must be provided
  • a fee paying student is not being displaced
  • a tuition exemption has not been approved for same course previously
  • registration has not taken place for a course prior to the beginning of the term
  • tuition exemptions are limited to one semester-based, undergraduate course (4 credit maximum) per semester, and three courses per academic year

Approval of a Senior Citizen Fee Exemption is only active for one semester.  KPU reserves the right to limit the maximum number of senior citizen tuition & fee exemptions.

Senior citizens who wish to ensure registration in a specific course may register and pay in the same manner as a fee paying student, however they will not be eligible to retroactively apply for a tuition exemption.

Seniors applying for the tuition exemption must meet all course prerequisites. Information regarding prerequisites for individual courses can be found in the Course Description section of the University Calendar.

All other applicable policies and procedures apply.

Here are your next steps:

  1. Choose What Course You’ll Take

Look at the course search timetable to check availability of the semester-based course you are interested in completing.

  1. Submit the Senior Citizen Fee Exemption Form

Access the Senior Citizen Fee Exemption Form online. Students may submit their completed form beginning on the 15th of the month prior to start of term (ie. August 15 for Fall classes), until the published Add/Drop deadline. You will be asked to provide government issued proof of citizenship and government issued photo ID that includes date of birth. 

Submit the completed form to or any Student Enrolment Services (SES) office for processing. Once SES has processed your form, you will be provided with your log-in details, but registration access will begin on the first day of classes.

  1. Log-in to Online Self-Service & Register

To log in to Online Self-Service you will need the following credentials:

  • User ID: Your KPU student email address (
  • Default Password: your birthdate in the following format: DDMonYYYY (i.e. September 01, 1999 will be 01Sep1999).You should change your password after logging in for the first time.

Please refer to the Registration Guide for instructions on How to Register.

Note: To register for a course with a pre-requisite, you will need to seek permission from the instructor teaching the course.  Permission is at the discretion of the instructor.  Enrolment is not guaranteed if the course is full.