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Effective August 8, 2018, payments of tuition deposits by credit card are subject to a convenience fee. Information on paying fees by credit card, the convenience fee and a list available payment options is provided below.

With the exception of Extension courses, all credit card payments of tuition and fees must be made online through mySaskPolytech and these payments are subject to a non-refundable convenience fee. Effective August 8, 2018, payment of tuition deposits by credit card must be made online and are subject to the convenience fee.

The convenience fee is currently 1.75% for all payment of tuition and fees including tuition deposits. The convenience fee is paid to a third party 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 Enrolment Services - debit card, cheque or money orders are accepted.
  • Canada Student Loan payments sent are also not subject to a convenience fee.

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

The convenience fee applies to credit card transactions for payment of tuition and fees including tuition deposits. The convenience fee does not apply to payment of tuition for Extension courses or to payments at Bookstores, Food Services or other ancillary services.

Charges subject to the convenience fee will include payment of all tuition and fees, as well as deposits 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 Extension 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 Extension courses. Extension 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 through most banks.

Except for the payment of Extension courses, credit card payments for tuition or seat deposits cannot be made in person or over the phone. Credit card payments can be made in person or over the phone for Extension courses and are not subject to a convenience fee.

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 the available payment options to students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic effective August 8, 2018.

Tuition and Fees – Payment Methods at Sask Polytech

 

Tuition Deposits

Base Programs

Extension Courses

In-person Payments on Campus

 

- Cash

Yes (up to $500)

Yes (up to $500)

Yes (up to $500)

- Cheque or money order

Yes

Yes

Yes

- Debit card

Yes

Yes

No

- Visa or Mastercard (Credit Card) ***

No***

No***

Yes (no convenience fee)

- Visa Debit or Debit Mastercard *

Yes

Yes

Yes

- "Bill Payment" in person at your  bank branch

Yes

Yes

No

 

 

Tuition Deposit

Base Programs

Extension Courses

Telephone Payments

 

 

 

- Visa or Mastercard (Credit Card) ***

No***

No***

Yes (no convenience fee)

- Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard *

No No Yes 
 - Debit Card No No  No 

Online Payments

 

 

 

- Bill payment from bank account

Yes

Yes

No

- Interac Online paid through mySaskPolytech**

Yes**

Yes**

No

- Visa Debit or Debit Mastercard*

No* 

No*

Yes* 

- Visa or Mastercard paid online through mySaskPolytech or Elevate

Yes (with convenience fee)

Yes (with convenience fee)

Yes (with no 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.

*** Payments under $100 for non-tuition related items like applications for graduation, Apprentice SPSA fees or student appeal fees can be made by credit card over the phone or in person with Enrolment Services.

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