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Effective July 1, 2017, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will be changing how credit cards are accepted for payment of tuition and fees. Information on these changes and a list of available payment options is provided in the document and table below.  

 

Effective July 1, 2017, credit cards will only be accepted for payment of tuition and fees if payment is made online through mySaskPolytech

A non-refundable convenience fee, paid directly to our third party credit card processor, will be charged for tuition and fee payments made online by credit card. Credit Card payments for Continuing Education courses and approved tuition deposits will not incur the convenience fee.

The convenience fee is currently 1.75% for payments of $1,000 or greater. Payments less than $1,000 or made by a credit card issued outside of Canada are each subject to an additional 1.75% fee (for a total of 3.5%).

There are a number of payment options that do not have a convenience fee associated with them, including:

  • Online or in person through your bank or credit union, this includes Internet banking, telephone banking or in person banking.
  • In person at Registration Services. Registration services accepts debit, cheque, cash or money orders.

Canada Student Loan payments sent directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic are also not subject to a convenience fee.

Credit card companies charge a fee (averaging about 2% of the transaction cost) to the vendor each time a credit card is used for payment. For example, tuition of $5,000 paid by credit card would result in a fee being charged to Saskatchewan Polytechnic of approximately $100.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has experienced significant growth in the volume of credit card transactions over the last several years so the cost of accepting credit card payments has become increasingly expensive. Last year, Saskatchewan Polytechnic paid over $400,000 in fees to credit card companies and these are funds that could otherwise be used to benefit students.

In an effort to reduce these fees, the decision was made to restrict credit card payments for tuition and fees to online payments that are subject to a convenience fee.

Yes. Convenience fees are not unique to Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Many post-secondary institutions (e.g. University of Saskatchewan, NAIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) require credit card payments to be made online with a convenience fee. Other post-secondary institutions (e.g. McGill, UBC, SFU, BCIT, Sheridan College) have discontinued the acceptance of credit cards entirely.

No. The convenience fee only applies to credit card transactions for payment of tuition and fees excluding Continuing Education and approved tuition deposits.

Charges subject to the convenience fee will include all mandatory tuition and fees associated with registering in a program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic that are paid online by credit card.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic refunds overpayments originally paid by credit card back to the credit card account used to make the payment. The convenience fee is non-refundable. Any convenience fee disputes must be taken directly to the payer’s credit card company.

Yes. If you pay online by credit card you will be charged the convenience fee for each installment amount.

No. Students now can register for Continuing Education courses online and typically pay at time of registration. As per the agreement with our third party credit card processor, no convenience fee will be charged on Continuing Education courses. Continuing Education students may also choose to pay in person or over the phone by credit card without incurring a convenience fee.  

No. Saskatchewan Polytechnic cannot accept payment by Interac e-Transfer. Interac e-Transfers are designed for transfers to personal accounts or small businesses not organizations with a large volume of transactions. You can pay your tuition through mySaskPolytech using Interac Online from most banks.

Credit Card payments can be made over the phone for approved tuition deposits or Continuing Education courses with no convenience fee being charged. Credit card payments for tuition can only be made online.

Payments made with credit cards issued outside of Canada have additional acceptance costs and will be subject to a convenience fee of 3.5%. 

If paying from outside of Canada, international students are encouraged to pay their fees through Flywire, a leading exchange and international payment company.

The following tables summarizes available payment options to students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic effective July 1, 2017.

Tuition and Fees – Payment Methods at Sask Polytech

 

Approved Tuition Seat Deposit

Full-time Programs

Continuing Education Courses

In-person Payments on Campus

 

- Cash

Yes

Yes (up to $500)

Yes (up to $500)

- Cheque or money order

Yes

Yes

Yes

- Debit card

Yes

Yes

Yes

- Visa or Mastercard

Yes

No

Yes

- "Bill Payment" at your  bank branch

Yes

Yes

No

 

 

Tuition Deposits

Full-time Programs

Continuing Education Courses

Telephone Payments

 

 

 

- Visa or Mastercard

Yes

No

Yes

 

 Tuition Deposits

Full-time Programs 

Continuing Education Courses

Online Payments

 

 

 

Bill payment from bank account

Yes

Yes

No

Payments through MySaskPolytech

 

 

 

- Interac Online

No

Yes  - with most banks

N/A

- Visa or Mastercard

No

Yes – with convenience fee

N/A

Payments through Elevate (Continuing Education only)

 

- Visa or Mastercard

N/A

N/A

Yes

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