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It’s important to have a good understanding of the expenses you’ll have as an international student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. All costs listed here are in Canadian dollars. Please note: All estimate calculations are based on Tuition & Fees in the Academic Calendar effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. Check back soon for 2021-2022 rates!

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Application Fee

When you start your application to KPU by applying online, you'll pay a $120 application fee.


Confirmation Deposit

To accept your offer of admission to KPU, you must pay a non-refundable* confirmation deposit. This confirmation deposit secures your seat offer at KPU, and is applied towards your KPU tuition.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2021

  • Open Intake Programs: $2000
  • Limited Intake Programs: $2500

Summer 2022 Onwards

  • All Programs: $2200

*Refunds of the confirmation deposit are only available in the event of a visa denial from the IRCC. See Refunds for details.


Tuition and Mandatory Student Fees

At KPU, tuition and mandatory student fees are usually assessed at a rate per credit. Currently, international students pay approximately $718.17 per credit for tuition and fees.

  • Tuition: $671.19 per credit
  • University Levied Student Fees: $46.98 per credit

These rates are applicable between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021, but are subject to change. Visit the Tuition & Mandatory Student Fees page on the University Calendar for the official fee schedule. 

The following fees also apply:

  • Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) fees: $25.66 for first credit + $10.1 per any additional credits
  • KSA Extended Health Plan: $87.55 (per year)
  • KSA Dental Plan: $113.30 (per year)
  • Multi-Pass (public transportation pass): $52.50 (per month)
  • Temporary Medical Insurance Plan Coverage: $201.30 (per semester)

Most international students pay between $6,569.99 – 10,933.15 per semester in tuition and mandatory student fees, as full-time students at KPU are enrolled in 9-15 credits per semester. Additionally, you should account for the costs of textbooks and other course materials. In general, you can calculate how much you’ll pay in tuition and fees for a course or program by multiplying the per-credit rate by the number of credits. Or, try using the Tuition Estimator.


Living Costs

In addition to tuition and other course-related costs, students must account for the expenses of living away from home for an extended period of time. Living costs vary from person to person, but some of the costs you should consider include:

  • Moving Costs
  • Accommodations
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Entertainment

The average student will likely need, at minimum, $7,300 to cover living costs each semester. This is an estimate only and will not apply to all students; we strongly encourage that you make your own estimates and budget based on your own living arrangements and habits.   


Other Costs

Visit the Other Fees page on the University Calendar for an overview of other fees you may encounter as a student at KPU. 


Sample First Year Costs

This chart can help you understand how much money you may need for your first year at KPU. Please note that your actual costs may vary; this chart estimates an average international student’s first year costs, and your costs will vary based on various factors, including program of study, cost of accommodation, living habits, and more. 

Credits Taken Tuition & Mandatory Fees1 Other Fees2 Textbooks & Course Supplies3 Other Living Costs4 Total Cost
Term 1 Term 2 Term 1 Term 2 Term 1 Term 2 Term 1 Term 2
9 $6,569.99 $6,569.99 $612.15 $253.80 $375 $375 $7,300 $7,300 $28,980.93
12 $8,754.80 $8,754.80 $612.15 $253.80 $500 $500 $7,300 $7,300 $33,975.55
15 $10.933.15 $10.933.15 $612.15 $253.80 $625 $625 $7,300 $7,300 $38,582.25

University levied student fees and KSA fees
KSA Extended Health Plan; KSA Dental Plan; medical insuranceMultiPass
3Costs will vary based on the courses taken. Some courses may have zero textbook costs, while others will require both textbooks and additional course supplies
4 Housing and utilities; groceries; personal expenses; cellphone; BC MSP; food; rent