How UBC determines your tuition fees

At UBC, your citizenship status usually determines whether you’ll pay domestic or international tuition fees, but there are a few exceptions.

Canadian students

As a Canadian student, you are eligible for domestic tuition fees at UBC if:

  • You are a Canadian citizen;
  • You hold multiple citizenships and one of them is Canadian;
  • You are a permanent resident of Canada;
  • You have refugee status in Canada; or
  • You are the dependent of a diplomat assigned to Canada.

Note: You may be required to provide documents that verify your eligibility for domestic tuition fees.

International students

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will be required to pay international tuition fees at UBC unless you are eligible for one of the following exceptions.

You may be eligible for domestic tuition fees at UBC if:

  • You have an affiliation with an Indigenous nation of Canada (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit);
  • You identify as a member of an Indigenous nation that extends across the Canada-US border (American Indian or Alaska Native);
  • You are in Canada with a full-time, long-term work permit; or
  • You are the dependent or spouse of an individual who is in Canada with a full-time, long-term work permit.

Note: If you are eligible for the one of these exceptions, please provide supporting documentation to Student Services (UBC Okanagan) or your Enrolment Services Advisor (UBC Vancouver) before the tuition fee payment deadline.

Calculate your first-year costs

Now that you know which tuition fees you’ll pay at UBC, use our cost calculator to estimate the first-year costs for your chosen campus and degree.