Fees & Expenses

Please Note: This information does not apply to students enrolled in the MDiv by Extension program. Please consult the Native Ministries Program Handbook for more information on your program.

Tuition

Basic Rate (Diplomas, MDiv, MA)$265.00 per credit hour.
Advanced Rate (ThM, GDTS)$387.50 per credit hour.
Certificate Rate$182.50 per credit hour.
Auditing Rate$132.50 per credit hour.

Academic Fees

Maintenance$350.00
Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Fee$200.00

Non-Refundable Student Fees

VST Student FeesStudent's Association
$20 per term.
Library and Technology Fee
$30 per term.
*off-site students pay an additional $5/credit hour surcharge.
Graduation Fee
$100 (in Spring term before graduation).
UBC Student FeesAMS Membership
$155.33 per year.
Health and Dental Plan
$219.53 (Jan - Aug $146.21).
UPass
$140 per term.

Fee Refunds and Withdrawals

Withdrawal from some portion of the program may result in the reassessment of charges and a partial tuition refund. Any refund is calculated for the day the Registrar’s Office receives in writing from the student notification of withdrawal from their course or program.

1.  Summer Term

For students for whom the course is their only Summer registration, the first $50 of tuition and any student fees are non-refundable.

Of the remaining charges, refunds will be made on the following basis when notification is received:

  • 100% is refunded 7 days prior to day One of the course;
  • 80% is refunded by the end of the 1st day of classes;
  • 40% is refunded by the end of the 2nd day of classes;
  • 20% is refunded by the end of the 3rd day of classes;
  • After the 3rd day of class, no refund can be given.

2.  Fall and Spring Terms: The first $100 of the tuition assessed and any student fees are non-refundable.

Of the remaining charges, refunds will be made on the following basis when notification is received:

  • 100% is refunded during the first two weeks of classes
  • 60% is refunded during the third and fourth weeks of classes
  • 40% is refunded during the fifth and sixth weeks of classes
  • 20% is refunded during the seventh and eighth weeks of classes
  • After the eighth week of classes, no refund can be given.

3.  January Interterm: For students for whom the Interterm is the only registration for the term, the first $100 of tuition and any student fees are non-refundable.

Of the remaining charges, refunds will be made on the following basis when notification is received:

  • 100% is refunded by the end of the 1st day of classes;
  • 80% is refunded by the end of the 2nd day of class;
  • 40% is refunded by the end of the 3rd day of class;
  • 20% is refunded by the end of the 4th day of class;
  • After the 4th day of class, no refund can be given.

Withdrawal from non-credit workshops

If withdrawal notification is received by the Registrar 7 days prior to event, a full refund will be given, minus a $25 administration fee.  For withdrawals less than 7 days prior to beginning of the event, no refund will normally be given.

Moderate Standard of Living Expenses
The Moderate Standard of Living guidelines below will help you determine your living expenses while living in Vancouver and studying at VST. They also apply for the maximum claimable expenses in certain categories on VST’s Tuition Support Application Form.

Accommodation Expenses:
Room in shared suite, apartment, or house: $500 – $800 per month
Bachelor/studio suites: $700 – $950 per month
1-bedroom basement/garden level suite: $800 – $1100 per month
1-bedroom apartment: $950 – $1200 per month
2-bedroom basement/garden level suite: $1000 – $1300 per month
2-bedroom apartment: $1200 – $1600 per month
Families with children: $1300 – $2000 (add $300/child for more than 2 children)

Other Expenses:

Utilities (Electricity and gas, if not already included in rental price):

  • Electric: $50 – $100 per month
  • Gas: $50 – $100 per month
  • Telephone, basic service: $60 approx. per month
  • Internet: $50 per month

Food: $350 per month for singles, add $100/month per additional person
BC Medical Insurance: $64 per month for singles, $116 per month for couples, $128 per month for family of 3 or more.
Car Insurance: $800–$1500 per year
Parking at UBC Parkade (no parking available at VST): $12/day, $6 flat evening rate (after 5pm)
Study Permit: (for non-Canadians): $125 per Permit
Work Permit: (for spouse of non-Canadians): $150 per Permit
Miscellaneous: $250 per month
Startup Costs: Budget at least $500 extra

It is wise to budget more money for the first month to cover any potential unexpected costs. For example, some families end up paying for temporary accommodation, renting a car to look for permanent housing, buying furniture, etc.

Health Insurance

Students must show upon registration that adequate hospital and medical insurance has been obtained. Students not already covered, or students from outside British Columbia, should obtain information from the BC Medical Services Plan office.

If you have any questions about expenses, please contact us By Email or by phone at (604) 822-9563.