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Understanding your fees

UCalgary assesses fees for each term that you are an active full- or part-time student/trainee (residents and fellows). In addition to tuition fees, some programs have program-specific fees that are charged each term. Students/trainees can review their assessed fees in the My Financials section of the Student Centre and generate a Term Account Summary to support understanding the assessment.


Students and trainees (residents and fellows) pay the tuition and fees applicable to the term in which they are admitted and begin their program, also known as the student’s admission term, regardless of when they received their letter of admission to the program. A program may have term-based program-specific tuition and fees, in addition to tuition assessed on a per course basis. Tuition course fees are taxable, if paid they will appear on T2202 tax forms. Tuition course fees associated with audited courses are non-taxable.

Course fees:

Course fees vary by career of the course, the faculty offering the course, and in some cases the program the course is offered through. Students will be assessed per course tuition fees as listed in the Course Fee Rate Group tables in the Academic Calendar.

Undergraduate students taking a graduate-level course will pay the graduate course fee rate. Graduate students taking an undergraduate-level course will pay the undergraduate course fee rate.


Course based tuition for undergraduate courses  varies by faculty and are assessed per unit based on the approved course fee rate group for the faculty. Some programs may have additional program-specific fees as listed below.

Learn more about undergraduate tuition


Students in a thesis-based degree (master's or doctoral) program or in a professional doctorate program, are assessed tuition fees per term as listed below.

Students in most course-based graduate programs are assessed tuition per unit based on the approved course fee rate group for the program. In Graduate Studies, the program of study to which a course is allocated determines the course fee rate group for that course.

Learn more about graduate tuition

Retained Tuition Rate:

Some students are eligible for a different tuition rate based on the term and program to which they were admitted. These rates are referred to as Retained Tuition Rate Groups throughout this Calendar. Undergraduate students eligible for a Retained Tuition Rate Group see P.1.1.1 Undergraduate Retained Tuition Rate Groups and eligible graduate students see P.2.3.2 Graduate Course-based Retained Tuition Rate Groups.

General Fees

General fees are assessed each term the student has active enrolment, whether at a full or part-time academic load. Some fees are assessed each term, and some are assessed annually. See the links below for a full list of the applicable general fees, and the services that they fund. Learn more information on tax receipts, here.

*The following fees may be optional. See optional fee information below for details.

Note: PGME trainees (residents and fellows) are not assessed general fees, however, trainees may choose to opt-in to the UPass, if eligible.

Undergraduate Students, including MD

Taxable General Fees

Campus Recreation (per term)

Athletics (per term)

Donation (per term)*

Student Services Fee (per term)


Non-Taxable General Fees

Student Union General (per term)

Student Union Ancillary (per term)

City of Calgary UPass (per term)

Student Union Health Plan (per 12 months)*

Student Union Dental Plan (per 12 months)*


Find more information about undergraduate student general fees here.

Graduate Students

Taxable General Fees

Campus Recreation (per term)

Athletics (per term)

Student Services Fee (per term)

Graduate Bursary Donation (annually)*


Non-Taxable General Fees

Group Insurance (annually)

Graduate Students Association (GSA) (per 12 months)

City of Calgary UPass (per term)

GSA Health Insurance (per 12 months)*

GSA Dental Insurance (per 12 months)*


Learn more about graduate student general fees.

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Fees with an opt-out option

Health and Dental: If you have proof of alternative health and dental coverage the option to opt out is available here. You must opt out before the fee deadline for the term.

Engineering Endowment Fund: All engineering students are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to the Calgary Engineering Endowment Fund. Full- and part-time undergraduate students (excluding open studies and diploma students) are automatically charged $25 per fall and winter terms. The monies raised will be put into an endowment fund with the interest being used towards improving the engineering undergraduate program.

The donation can be opted out one month prior to the start of each term. Students can do this through the My Financials section of their Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca). The donation is non-refundable after the term fee deadline, and the opt-out must be submitted online on or before the term fee deadline to opt out of the fee. 

Learn how to opt out of the fund.

Student Donations (including the Undergraduate Student Peer Assistance Bursary, and the Graduate Peer Assistance Bursary): All students are asked by the Students’ Union to make a tax deductible donation to the Student Peer Assistance Bursary program, which includes both the Undergraduate and Graduate Peer Assistance Bursaries. These bursaries are available to students in financial need.​

​In each of the fall and winter terms, you'll be automatically charged $10. In each of the spring and summer terms, you'll be automatically charged $7. Your donation provides bursaries to other students with proven financial need. The donation is non-refundable after the term fee deadline.  The donation can be opted out one month prior to term start through the My Financials section of the Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca). The donation is non-refundable after the term fee deadline. ​

Note: Students who choose to opt out of the student donation limit the maximum available payout of the bursary. Students who do not contribute to the bursary program can only receive up to 50% of the maximum available payout ($1500).​

Learn how to opt out of this donation.

Term Account Summary

The term account summary is a feature within the My Financials section of Student Center (my.ucalgary.ca). The fee assessment provides a detailed summary of all financial transactions on your account for a specified term.  It includes:

  • a breakdown of tuition organized by course (if applicable)
  • associated general fees (if applicable)
  • residence charges (if applicable)
  • payment plan charges with associated due dates (if applicable)

The term account summary also lists payments by term, including UCalgary scholarships and refunds. 

The term account summary is not an invoice, nor is it intended to act as an official confirmation of tuition amounts for a third party.  If you need an official confirmation of registration letter featuring assessed fees, you can print a confirmation of registration letter.  If you need an official invoice for a third party, you would need to engage in the Third Party Sponsorship process.

If you need support on understanding your Term Account Summary, contact the appropriate group below: