Tuition

We understand that financial issues can impact directly on your studies; therefore, financial planning is an important part of assuring academic success at University.  We can provide you with the information and support that you need.

Scholarships

When you apply for admission to NSCAD by the registration deadline, you are automatically considered for Entrance Scholarships. The current range of individual entrance scholarships is $500 to $6000 and some awards are renewable for each of four years of study, making our top award approximately $25000! After each year of study at NSCAD, more scholarships will be available for application by qualified students.

The university awards about $100,000 annually to students, with more than 90 internal scholarships and bursaries available per academic year. External funding can also top $100,000 per year, with outside scholarships such as the Harrison McCain Scholarships in memory of Marion McCain, the Canada Graduate Awards, and other financial aid options.

Tuition and other academic fees

All NSCAD students pay their tuition and other academic and miscellaneous fees through the Office of Financial services.

Students are responsible for keeping their accounts current, and should check their account status regularly online through WebAdvisor or by contacting the Office of Financial Services via email at studentaccounts@nscad.ca. It is the student’s responsibility to comply with the financial regulations and payment schedules of NSCAD. Registration is regarded as incomplete until all fees have been paid in full.

Please visit this page for specific information related to fall 2022, winter 2023 semester billing.

CONTACT

Phone: 902-494-8117
Fax: 902-429-4925

studentaccounts@nscad.ca

Office of Financial Services

4th Floor
5163 Duke Street
NSCAD University
Halifax, NS  B3J 3J6
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday

Fees for fall 2022 session due by September 21, 2022.

Fees are subject to change, for information purposes only, please consult your Self-Service for your specific fees.

Students who withdraw completely from the current semester will be charged $100 withdraw fee.

fall 2022 Tuition and Fees. Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Visual Art Certificate.

Domestic Nova Scotia Residents

 # Credits 

Semester Tuition

Technology Renewal Fee

Facility Renewal Fee

Union Fee

Student Services fee

Adobe Software

Nova Scotia Bursary Reduction

U-Pass*

Health** Insurance

Total

 1.5$465.05$5.15$8.75

$43.99

$15.46$40.00 $ (64.16) --- ---

$470.25

 3$930.09$10.29$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (128.31) --- ---

$929.04

 6$1,860.18$20.58$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (256.62) --- ---

$1,741.11

 9$2,790.27$30.87$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (384.93)$166.00$393.60

$3,201.06

 12$3,720.36$41.16$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (513.24)$166.00$393.60

$4,013.13

 15$4,650.45$51.45$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (641.52)$166.00$393.60

$4,825.23

 18$5,580.54$61.74$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (641.52)$166.00$393.60

$5,765.61

fall 2022 Tuition and Fees. Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Visual Art Certificate.

Domestic Out-of-Province

 # Credits Semester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Services Fee

Adobe Software

U-Pass* Health** InsuranceTotal
 1.5$465.05$5.15$8.75$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---

$578.40

 3$930.09$10.29$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---

$1,057.35

 6$1,860.18$20.58$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---

$1,997.73

 9$2,790.27$30.87$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$3,585.99

 12$3,720.36$41.16$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$4,526.37

 15$4,650.45$51.45$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$5,466.75

 18$5,580.54$61.74$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$6,407.13

fall 2022 Tuition and Fees. Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Visual Art Certificate.

International Students

# CreditsSemester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service Fees

Adobe Software

U-Pass* International Health Insurance** Total
 1.5$1,041.33$5.15$8.75$43.99$25.76$40.00 ---$725.00

$1,889.98

 3$2,082.66$10.29$17.52$43.99$25.76$40.00 ---$725.00

$2,945.22

 6$4,165.32$20.58$17.52$43.99$25.76$40.00 ---$725.00

$5,038.17

 9$6,247.98$30.87$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$7,400.86

 12$8,330.64$41.16$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$9,493.81

 15$10,413.30$51.45$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$11,586.76

 18$12,495.96$61.74$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$13,679.71

fall 2022 Tuition and Fees. Graduate. MDES and MFA.

Domestic Nova Scotia Residents

 # Credits Semester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service FeeADOBE SOFTWARE FEENova Scotia Bursary ReductionU-Pass* Health Insurance ** Total
1.5$468.14$5.15$8.75$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (64.16)

$517.33

 3$936.27$10.29$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (128.31)

$935.22

 6$1,872.54$20.58$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (256.62) --- ---

$1,753.47

 9$2,808.81$30.87$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (384.93)$166.00$393.60

$3,219.60

 12$3,745.08$41.16$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (513.24)$166.00$393.60

$4,037.85

 15$4,681.35$51.45$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (641.52)$166.00$393.60

$4,856.13

 18$5,617.61$61.74$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (641.52)$166.00$393.60

$5,802.68

 MFA/ MDES Activation Fee ***$936.27 --- --- ---$40.00 --- ---

$976.27

fall 2022 Tuition and Fees. Graduate. MDES and MFA.

Domestic Out-of-Province

 # Credits Semester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service FeeADOBE SOFTWARE FEEU-Pass Health InsuranceTotal
1.5$468.14$5.15$8.75$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---

$581.49

 3$936.27$10.29$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---

$1,063.53

 6$1,872.54$20.58$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---

$2,010.09

 9$2,808.81$30.87$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$3,604.53

 12$3,745.08$41.16$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$4,551.09

 15$4,681.35$51.45$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$5,497.65

 18$5,617.61$61.74$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60

$6,444.20

 MFA/ MDES Activation Fee ***$936.27 --- --- ---$40.00 --- ---

$976.27

FALL 2022 TUITION AND FEES. GRADUATE. MDES AND MFA.

International Students

# CreditsSemester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service FeeADOBE SOFTWARE FEEU-Pass International Health Insurance Total
1.5$1,050.60$5.15$8.75$43.99$25.76$40.00$725.00

$1,899.25

 3$2,101.20$10.29$17.52$43.99$25.76$40.00 ---$725.00

$2,963.76

 6$4,202.40$20.58$17.52$43.99$25.76$40.00 ---$725.00

$5,075.25

 9$6,303.60$30.87$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$7,456.48

 12$8,404.80$41.16$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$9,567.97

 15$10,506.00$51.45$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00

$11,679.46

 18$12,607.20$61.74$51.52$87.97$51.52 $40.00$166.00$725.00

$13,790.95

 MFA /MDES Activation Fee ***$936.27 --- --- ---$40.00 --- ---

$976.27

fall 2022 Tuition and Fees. Graduate. MAED.

Domestic Nova Scotia Residents

 # Credits Semester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service FeeADOBE SOFTWARE FEENova Scotia Bursary ReductionU-Pass* Health Insurance **Total
1.5$468.14$5.15$8.75$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (64.16)$517.33
 3$936.27$10.29$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 $ (128.31)$935.22
 6$1,872.54$20.58$17.52$87.97$15.46$40.00 $ (256.62)$166.00$393.60$2,357.05
 9$2,808.81$30.87$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (384.93)$166.00$393.60$3,219.60
 12$3,745.08$41.16$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (513.24)$166.00$393.60$4,037.85
 15$4,681.35$51.45$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (641.52)$166.00$393.60$4,856.13
 18$5,617.61$61.74$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00 $ (641.52)$166.00$393.60$5,802.68
 MAED Activation Fee ***$936.27 --- --- ---$40.00 --- ---$976.27

FALL 2022 TUITION AND FEES. GRADUATE. MAED.

Domestic Out-of-Province

 # Credits Semester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service FeeADOBE SOFTWARE FEEU-Pass Health InsuranceTotal
1.5$468.14$5.15$8.75$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---$581.49
 3$936.27$10.29$17.52$43.99$15.46$40.00 --- ---$1,063.53
 6$1,872.54$20.58$17.52$87.97$15.46$40.00$166.00$393.60$2,613.67
 9$2,808.81$30.87$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60$3,604.53
 12$3,745.08$41.16$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60$4,551.09
 15$4,681.35$51.45$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60$5,497.65
 18$5,617.61$61.74$51.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$393.60$6,444.20
 MAED Activation Fee ***$936.27 --- --- ---$40.00 --- ---$976.27

FALL 2022 TUITION AND FEES. GRADUATE. MAED.

International Students

# CreditsSemester TuitionTechnology Renewal FeeFacility Renewal FeeUnion FeeStudent Service FeeADOBE SOFTWARE FEEU-Pass International Health Insurance Total
1.5$1,050.60$5.15$8.75$43.99$25.76$40.00$725.00$1,899.25
 3$2,101.20$10.29$17.52$43.99$25.76$40.00 ---$725.00$2,963.76
 6$4,202.40$20.58$17.52$87.97$25.76$40.00$166.00$725.00$5,285.23
 9$6,303.60$30.87$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00$7,456.48
 12$8,404.80$41.16$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00$9,567.97
 15$10,506.00$51.45$51.52$87.97$51.52$40.00$166.00$725.00$11,679.46
 18$12,607.20$61.74$51.52$87.97$51.52 $40.00$166.00$725.00$13,790.95
 MAED Activation Fee ***$936.27 --- --- ---$40.00 --- ---$976.27

* U-PASS – COMPULSORY – All full time students
** HEALTH – COMPULSORY – All Full time students must pay the health plan. Refer to SUNSCAD for opt out options.
** INTERNATIONAL HEALTH – COMPULSORY – All International Students must pay the health plan. Refer to website for rates.
*** MFA / MDES – Students who extend their program over an additional research semester are charged the Activation Fee
MAED fees – Some fees may differ from table as Students are considered full time at 6 credits.
SENIOR CITIZEN: Those who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, 60 years of age or over at the time of Registration and are enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree Program may be eligible for a senior citizen discount. This discount only applies to the Tuition portion of the fees, Student must pay any incidental fees.
Please see our website on the determination of Nova Scotia vs. Out of Province Residents
NOTE — Some classes have a material fee that is not shown in example above

Methods of Payment

1. Online or telephone banking with the following financial institutions: BMO, TD, RBC, Scotiabank, CIBC, President’s Choice Financial, Central 1 Credit Union and Atlantic Credit Union. When you go to your online bank account set NSCAD up as a payee as opposed to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Your account number is the 6-digit or 7-digit ID number shown on your NSCAD ID card (use all numbers including the 0’s at the beginning of the number).
2. Pay in Person at any of the above-mentioned financial institutions
3. PayMyTuition.com for International Students
4. Bank or postal money order in Canadian funds payable to NSCAD University
5. Cheque (current dated) from a Canadian financial institution made payable to NSCAD University
6. Interac/Debit (in person only)
7. Cash (in person only)

Note: Credit cards are not accepted for tuition and student fees

DISCOUNT FOR OLDER ADULTS 60+

The university offers a 40% discount to older adults (60+) enrolled in undergraduate courses.

NON-PAYMENT OF FEES

Academic registration is not valid until fees are paid in full. Unpaid fees remaining after the due date may result in cancellation of student privileges, including access to campuses, studios, e-mail, Self-Service, Brightspace, computer network access, cancellation of enrolment and withdrawal from future classes at NSCAD. Diplomas, transcripts and grades will not be issued to students with overdue balances. For additional details, please review the 4.10 Tuition and Fees Payment and Refund Policy.

Students with outstanding balances as of the following dates will be removed from future semesters:

– July 31: Students with outstanding balances up to and including the summer semester will be removed from Fall and Winter classes for non-payment. Reinstatement and registration after payment of fees will mean the loss of any registration priority.
– November 15: Students with outstanding balances up to and including the fall semester will be removed from winter classes for non-payment. Reinstatement and registration after payment of fees will mean the loss of any registration priority.
– March 1: All outstanding fees must be paid for students to be eligible to register for future terms.

Late Payment Interest Fee: Interest of 12% will begin accruing on all outstanding accounts 30 days following the due date for semester fees. A late payment fee of $50 will be assessed on all accounts that are past due.

REFUND AND WITHDRAWAL POLICIES

Financial dates are different from academic dates. Students are required to pay all required fees in full each semester by the following dates: September 21 (fall 2022) /January 18 (winter 2023). Tuition refund dates are posted above. Students must advise the Registrar’s Office that they are planning to drop a course. Not attending classes does not constitute an official withdrawal. Please view the academic calendar for withdrawal options.

Other Fee Refunds

Domestic health plan refund requests must be submitted online by the end of the month in which the semester begins. Further inquiries should be directed to the SUNSCAD office: 902-494-8127.
– For international health plan opt-out inquiries, please contact Colleen Ralph VIP Insurance International Coordinator.
– U-Pass is non-refundable without approval.
– Material fee refunds are permitted with instructor approval, please contact the technician assigned in the applicable department.

CANADA STUDENT LOANS

NSCAD University students applying for Canada student loans and provincial student loans must have the loans made out to NSCAD University as the official institution of record. Most student loans are now processed electronically, if you have questions regarding your student loan application, please refer to our Financial Aid Office. Students should apply for Canada Student Loan and provincial assistance at least three months before they expect to begin study at NSCAD to ensure funds will be available at the beginning of the term. Late payment fees will apply if students do not apply on time and payment is delayed. After confirming you are registered full-time, we will process your loan online for any outstanding tuition and fees at that time. The remaining balance of your loan (if applicable) will be sent to you directly by Canada Student Loan and may take up to two weeks to be processed. Any additional courses registered into after this date will lead to additional charges on your account for which you will be responsible to pay directly. We cannot process loans more than once. Please note that waitlist courses do not count towards your course load until you are officially registered. Any credit balance on your account that results from dropping or withdrawing from a course that was paid with a student loan must be refunded directly to the National Student Loan Office.

Fee information

MATERIAL FEES

Students are expected to provide materials for their classes. In most cases, these materials can be purchased from the NSCAD Supply Store. However, in some cases, due to the nature of the materials and the economy of bulk purchasing, materials will be purchased by the university and made available to students from the department or instructor. Students registered in courses for which such bulk purchasing is done will be required to pay a Materials Fee. In such cases, the amount of the Materials Fee will be published in the course outline distributed at the first class meeting, and the amount will be automatically charged to the student’s account.

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

All international and exchange students will be automatically enrolled in NSCAD’s international student health plan. This plan ensures that students have adequate coverage for Canadian medical services. Coverage is for a 12-month period of September 1 to August 31 at a cost of $725. All prices are subject to change. The cost of this mandatory single plan will be included on the student’s account with no exceptions. Note that exchange students visiting for less than 4 months may be eligible for short-term coverage at $522 per term.

Students who become eligible for MSI can opt out of the plan. Students may also purchase additional coverage for their spouse or family directly from the insurance provider.

BUILDING ACCESS CARDS FEE

New students are required to obtain an access card for a $20 fee. This card grants the student access to the campus buildings and required studios. If students lose their card there is a replacement fee charge of $20. Students will receive a $10 refund upon return of the access card at the conclusion of the student’s program.

ADDITIONAL FEES

– Courier fee: Charge of courier plus $5.00 administrative fee
– Transcripts- unofficial: $5.00
– Transcripts-official: $10.00
– Transcripts- rush: $20.00
– Replacement ID card: $10.00
– Bus pass replacement: $20.00
– NSF: Cheques returned by bank: $20.00
– PLAR Assessment: $75 per 3 credits
– Duplicate Tax Receipts: $10.00 per tax year; Archived (over five years): $25 per year