How to pay your fees

The University of Calgary accepts payment for tuition and general fees primarily through online bank transfers. Both domestic and international students can pay their fees online from nearly anywhere in the world.

The preferred method of payment is through online banking with a Canadian bank account. Students who do not have a Canadian bank account can pay their fees through WU GlobalPay or CIBC Student Pay.

Payment by major credit card is now available for all students. International students can utilize either WU GlobalPay or CIBC Student Pay to make a credit card payment, and domestic students can make a credit payment through CIBC Student Pay. Please note: service providers charge a processing fee on all credit transactions, which is visible before finalizing the transaction.

2021 Fee Payment Deadlines

Winter 2021: January 29, 2021

Spring 2021: May 14, 2021

Summer 2021: July 7, 2021

Fall 2021: September 24, 2021

Which payment option is right for me?

There are multiple payment options available for students to use. Which one is right for you depends on if you hold a Canadian bank account, or if you prefer to pay with credit card. See the chart below to determine which payment option is right for you.

Payment Platform

Method of Payment

Who uses it?

Cost

Processing Time

Canadian Online Banking

Bank-to-Bank Transfer

Anyone with a Canadian Bank Account**

No Cost

3-5 Business days

CIBC Student Pay

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) / Wire Transfer / Direct Debit

Anyone without a Canadian bank account

OR

Students unable to pay by standard bank transfer**

Exchange Rate

OR

Service Fee ($20.00)*

2 weeks***

CIBC Student Pay

Credit Payment

Anyone with a Canadian or International Credit Card

Service Fee (2–3%)*

3-5 Business days

WU Global Pay

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) / Wire Transfer / Direct Debit

Anyone without a Canadian bank account

Exchange Rate

2 weeks***

WU Global Pay

Credit Payment

Anyone with an International Credit Card

Service Fee (2–3%)*

3-5 Business days

*Service Fees are charged by the payment provider, not the University of Calgary. Service Fees differ across payment platforms, and the country the payment is originating from.

**Not all Canadian banks have the University of Calgary available as a payee. Students who bank with smaller credit unions may not be able to pay via standard bank transfer. These students can use CIBC Student Pay to organize an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

***EFT/Wire/Direct Debit transactions produce a quote that must be submitted to your bank to process payment to UCalgary. After you submit the payment transfer request to your bank, the bank will begin the transaction. It will then take 3-7 business days for the payment to be processed and to appear on your UCalgary account. Processing time can be longer depending on where the payment is originating from.

Payment Instructions

Online Banking is the fastest and preferred method of payment for any student who holds a Canadian bank account. This is available for both domestic and international students. Payments are processed by your financial institution. Payments can be made from any Canadian bank account. Funds will be applied to your UCalgary account within 5 business days.

  1. Step 1: Log On

    Log into your bank’s online system.

  2. Step 2: Create a Payee Profile

    Add the “University of Calgary – Tuition Fees” as a payee on your bill payment profile (the payee name will vary from bank to bank). If the payee is not immediately obvious, try searching for variations of the University of Calgary (UCal, UoC, UofC, etc.), and “tuition”.

    Please ensure you are making payments for tuition and general fees separately from payments for residence charges. A separate residence payee (exact name will vary) and banking transaction is required to pay residence related charges.

  3. Step 3: Enter your Account Information

    The account number is your eight-digit UCalgary ID number (UCID) and the first five letters of your last name. If your entire last name is less than five characters, use your entire last name. For example:

    If your name is Jane Smith, and your UCID is 00486321, then your account name would be 00486321SMITH.

    If your name is Jane Zimmerman, and your UCID is 10005238, then your account name would be 10005238ZIMME.

    If your name is Sara Sam, and your UCID is 30192222, then your account name would be 30192222SAM.

  4. Step 4: Allow for Processing Time

    It can take up to five business days for online payments to be processed and posted to your student account. Payments initiated on or before the term fee deadline will not be subject to penalty or late interest.

    Admission deposit and application payments must be initiated the deposit/application deadline to ensure your application or offer of admission is not cancelled.

International students who do not hold a Canadian bank account can pay their fees by a bank-to-bank transfer or credit card through Western Union GlobalPay for Students. This service allows you to pay your fees in the currency of your choice, from nearly anywhere in the world. Payment by major credit card is also offered through this service, with an additional processing fee charged by the provider. For bank-to-bank transfers, there are no fees charged in addition to the exchange rate. 

Detailed instructions for completing a payment can be found here.

  1. Step 1: Access WU GlobalPay for Students

    Access WU GlobalPay’s University of Calgary page.

  2. Step 2: Select the items you wish to pay for

    Select the country that the payment will be originating from, then select the items you wish to pay for and input the amount. Once payment can be made for both tuition and residence, as long as each payment type is selected.

    Please note: Due to banking regulations, not all currencies are available. If your home currency is not offered, you can pay in another currency, such as the US dollar.

  3. Step 3: Select your method of payment

    There are no additional fees for selecting the Bank Transfer / Bank Wire options, aside from the exchange rate. An additional fee of 2.0 – 2.75% will be added to any credit card payments. This fee is placed by the service provider, not the University of Calgary.

  4. Step 4: Complete the student / payor details and payment

    To avoid delays in processing, please ensure you accurately input the student details.

    If using a bank transfer / bank wire option, print off the instruction sheet and bring it to your local bank. They will be able to facilitate the transaction. Alternatively, the transaction can be completed with an online banking service.

    If opting to use a credit card, the transaction can be completed entirely online.

    Payments usually take up to 5 business days for processing. Please be aware that International fund transfers can take longer, depending on the country of origin.

International students who do not hold a Canadian bank account can pay their fees by bank-to-bank transfer or credit card through CIBC Student Pay. This service allows you to pay your fees in the currency of your choice from nearly anywhere in the world. Payment by major credit card is also offered through this service, with an additional processing fee charged by the provider. For bank-to-bank transfers, there are no fees charged in addition to the exchange rate. 

Domestic students who wish to pay by credit card can also do so through CIBC Student Pay. Please be aware that there is a service fee levied by CIBC for credit card payments. You do not need to be a CIBC client to use this service.

Detailed instructions for completing a payment can be found here.

  1. Step 1: Access CIBC Student Pay

    Access CIBC Student Pay's University of Calgary page.

    You can also access CIBC Student Pay from your Student Centre.

    Please note: You do NOT need to be a client of CIBC to use this service.

  2. Step 2: Select the items you wish to pay for

    Select the country that the payment will be originating from, then select the items you wish to pay for and input the amount. One payment can be made for both residence and tuition, as long as each payment type is selected.

  3. Step 3: Select your method of payment

    There are no additional fees for selecting the Bank Transfer / Bank Wire options, aside from the exchange rate. An additional fee of 2.0 – 2.75% will be added to any credit card payments. This fee is placed by the service provider, not the University of Calgary.

  4. Step 4: Complete the student/payor details and payment

    To avoid delays in processing, please ensure you accurately input the student details.

    If using a bank transfer / bank wire option, print off the instruction sheet and bring it to your local bank. They will be able to facilitate the transaction. Alternatively, the transaction can be completed with an online banking service.

    If opting to use a credit card, the transaction can be completed entirely online.

    Payments usually take up to 5 business days for processing. Please be aware that international fund transfers can take longer, depending on the country of origin.

If you are experiencing difficulty making a payment with WU GlobalPay for Students or CIBC Student Pay, please see the contact information here.

Other Payment Options

Sponsored students have their education funded fully or in part by a third party, such as a company, native band, or government. Third Party Sponsorships allow for direct billing and payment, and are the preferred option for external payors.

If you receive awards, scholarships or bursaries from an external agency, please encourage the payor to utilize a Third Party Sponsorship to issue funds to UCalgary. External cheques, money orders, or bank drafts submitted to the University of Calgary without a Third Party Sponsorship are subject to a delay in processing.

If a cheque has been issued to you by an external award agency, please forward the payment to Enrolment Services for processing.

Personal cheques, money orders and bank drafts will no longer be accepted by Enrolment Services as of Winter 2021. Personal cheques, money orders and bank drafts that are sent to Enrolment Services will either be subject to significant processing delays or will be returned to sender.
Refer to the steps above to pay your fees by online banking, WU GlobalPay for Students, or CIBC Student Pay.

As of winter 2021, in person tuition payments are no longer available. Please see the above online payment options. Students with external agency payments, please see “External Award Payments and Sponsored Students” for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! International students can use either WU GlobalPay for Students, or CIBC Student Pay to pay their fees by major credit card. Domestic students can utilize CIBC Student Pay to pay their fees by credit card as well. Please note that the service providers charge a processing fee for all payments made by credit card.

All payments can take up to 5 business days to appear on your account. International Funds Transfers through CIBC Student Pay or WU GlobalPay can take longer, depending on the country the payment is originating from.  If it has been more than 5 business days since you started the payment, please refer to the Payment Issues page for instructions on how to address a missing payment.