Tuition and Costs

Spend Less for the Same Degree

Save over $10,000 per year by taking your first year at NIC and then transferring to university.

Estimated costs for one year of study at NIC compared to university (two terms = 8 months from September to April)*

North Island College Urban University
Tuition $12,730 $21,000
Accommodation & Food $6,650
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500
Personal Expenses $1,600 $1,600
(varies by campus)
$600 $225
$23,080 $34,325

*Based on a course load of 10 university courses per year and subject to annual costs of living increase.
This estimated cost comparison is intended as a guide only. Actual costs vary depending on institution, program and living arrangements.

Please refer to our programs page for estimated tuition and costs of each program. This page will help you understand the details of payment.

How to pay

Students are responsible for keeping up to date in paying NIC tuition and fees by the deadlines posted until the completion of their program. Students who have outstanding balances due will encounter financial penalty and restricted abilities, such as registering for courses, attaining official transcripts, etc.

Payment Options

In Person: You may pay with cash, cheque, debit card or credit credit card at the Registrar’s Office.

Credit Card: Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Login in to myNIC to make a payment.

Outside Canada: Wire funds from your bank to North Island College. Contact for wire transfer instructions.

Cheque or Money Order: The cheque must be in Canadian funds and drawn from a Canadian bank or post office payable to North Island College. Please post to:

North Island College – Office of Global Engagement
2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC Canada
V9N 8N6

Fax Credit Card Form: You can pay by using the Fax Credit Card form.

Other Payment Methods: If you have received a scholarship or award, your student account will be automatically credited. You are responsible for ensuring your tuition and fees are paid by the deadline and recipients will not be excused from late payment.

Students using a third party sponsor will be responsible for any charges not included in the sponsorship agreement and are responsible for paying before deadline.

Payment Schedule

Full payment must be received by the deadline. If you are sending payment by wire transfer, be certain payment is received before the deadline. If full fees are not received by the deadline, a $300 penalty is automatically applied to your account. In addition, you may restricted from enrolling in future terms and access to various services, or dropped/withdrawn from courses.

New Students: Tuition and fees for two terms of study are due no later than 30 days from the date on your Letter of Invitation. Payment of this tuition deposit formalizes the acceptance of offer. NIC can only guarantee a seat in your designated program for 30 days.

Continuing Students: A non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,500 is due between May and August, before the start of the academic year. The tuition deposit must be paid 24 hours before continuing international students can register in courses. Check the Academic Schedules and Deadlines page for the dates of the Priority Registration period.

Full payment of tuition must be received no later than first day of class. Deadlines are posted to NIC’s Academic Schedules and Deadlines page. If you are sending payment by wire transfer please ensure you send payment early enough that it is received before the deadline. If full fees are not received by the deadline, a $300 penalty will be automatically applied to your account. In addition, your account will be locked and you may be dropped/withdrawn from your courses, and/or restricted from enrolling in future terms.

Withdrawal and Refunds

International applicants who have paid their tuition deposit and accepted an offer and registered for a program at NIC are subject to the International Tuition and Fees Refund Policy. A tuition deposit (the amount indicated on your Letter of Invitation) is non-refundable. Any excess in tuition or fees paid (i.e. a credit balance) are refundable. Students must submit a request in writing for a refund to of a credit balance.

Students transferring to another Canadian institution must provide the name of the school they are transferring to. Tuition and fees are not transferrable to other institutions. An international student who has been removed from the College due to student misconduct (academic or non-academic) will not receive a refund.

Study Permit Refusal

In the event the student is denied a study permit they must send an email request for a refund to Include a copy of the letter denying the request for a study permit within 90 days of the date on the letter. No refund will be processed if a study permit is denied due to lack of document authenticity or is labelled as fraud. Refunds take 6 to 8 weeks to process.

Please note, non-refundable fees include:

  • application fee $100
  • funds withheld from refund amount
    • refund processing fee $200
    • wire transfer fee $100

Fees are in Canadian dollars.

Program Changes

Program changes can only be made after one full semester has been completed. After that a student can make one program change at no cost. Should there be more than 1 program change per semester, a fee of $100 CAD will be charged.

Education, Living, and Other Costs

The following estimates are a guideline as living costs can vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation and individual student’s lifestyles.

Type of Expense Monthly Cost Yearly Cost
Tuition and fees See tuition & fee schedules associated with your program of choice
Books and supplies English Language $400 – $600
Other Program $1,500 - $2,000
Medical Insurance $800
Accomodation (homestay) $775
Transportation (public bus) $42 bus pass $504 - $800
Cost of living $850
Re-settlement costs $1,500 (new international students)
Visit our programs page for detailed information on all of your education opportunities with NIC.