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Credit Card Payment

On July 1, 2017, Saskatchewan Polytechnic changed 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 table below.  

Effective July 19, 2017, credit cards will only be accepted for payment of mandatory 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 all payments of tuition and fees made online. The convenience fee is paid to the credit card processor and does not go to Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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

  • Online or in person through your Canadian bank or credit union – this includes Internet banking, telephone banking or in person banking.
  • In person at Registration Services – debit card, VISA Debit or Debit Mastercard, cheque, cash (limit of $500) or money orders are accepted.

Canada Student Loan funds 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 order to encourage other, lower cost, payment methods 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 when 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 paid is kept by the credit card processor and 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 for their course(s) 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, other than for Continuing Education courses, cannot be made in-person or over the phone.

International students are encouraged to pay their fees through Flywire, a leading exchange and international payment company. Please refer to the International Payments page for more information.

The following table summarizes available payment options to students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic effective July 19, 2017.

Tuition and Fees – Payment Methods at Sask Polytech

 

Approved Tuition Deposit ($500 for Domestic apps & $1,000 for International apps)

Base Programs

Continuing Education Programs

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 convenience fee)

No

Yes (no convenience fee)

- "Bill Payment" at your  bank branch

Yes

Yes

No

 

 

Tuition Deposits

Full-time Programs

Continuing Education Courses

Telephone Payments

 

 

 

- Visa or Mastercard (Credit Card)

Yes (no convenience fee)

No

Yes (no convenience fee)

- Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard *

No No Yes 
 - Debit Card No No  No 

 

 Tuition Deposits

Full-time Programs 

Continuing Education Courses

Online Payments

 

 

 

- Bill payment from bank account

Yes

Yes

No

- Interac Online paid through mySaskPolytech**

No

Yes**

No

- Visa Debit or Debit Mastercard*

No* 

No*

Yes* 

- Visa or Mastercard paid online through mySaskPolytech

No

Yes (with convenience fee)

No

- Visa or Mastercard  paid  online in Elevate

No

No

Yes (convenience fee)

* Online use of VISA Debit cards and Debit Mastercards (i.e. debit cards displaying both the Interac symbol and a VISA or Mastercard logo) is limited to payment of Continuing Education programs. The use of these cards is not licensed for payment of full-time programs or approved seat deposits in mySaskPolytech.

** Not all banks participate in the “Interac Online” payment network. Check with your bank before selecting.

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