8. Tuition, Fees & Registration

There are three (3) terms per year:  September to December, January to April and May to August.

8.1. Graduate Student Tuition

Tuition is assessed at the time of registration. Tuition is defined as follows:

Tuition: Assessment for credit instruction (degree or diploma). Tuition provides access to basic university-wide services associated with credit instruction.

Most students registering in a thesis- or project-based degree program will pay a fixed amount each term, called a Standard Term Tuition, from the beginning to the end of their program of studies.  Some programs (course-based, for example) may have different registration and tuition requirements. Tuition will not be assessed when a student is on an approved leave.

Students attending the U of S in a joint/sandwich student program will pay tuition to the U of S for each term, in which they are registered in graduate studies at the U of S.

Students attending the U of S in a dual degree program will pay standard term tuition to the U of S for each term in which they are registered in graduate studies at the U of S.

Students are required to pay tuition for any courses they take which are not part of their program of studies.

For up-to-date information about program tuition and fees, students should refer to the Tuition page on the University of Saskatchewan website.

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8.1.1. International Student Tuition Differential

Under the standard tuition model, international students are assessed a tuition differential. International students in special tuition programs will be assessed per the tuition agreement for those programs. For up-to-date information about program tuition and fees, students should refer to the Tuition page on the University of Saskatchewan website.

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8.1.2. Tuition and Fees Following Unapproved Terms of Absence

When permission has been granted by the academic unit and the CGPS for a student to resume a Program of Studies in which the student has not maintained continuous registration without officially withdrawing, retroactive tuition shall be assessed in the amount the student would have paid had she/he maintained continuous registration from the time of first registration. Late payment penalties and retroactive student fees will be applied.

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8.1.3. Tuition Refund Following Thesis Program Completion

Program Completion During the Term

Graduate students who defend their thesis and complete all program requirements prior to the end of an academic term may be eligible for a partial tuition refund. Only students in thesis-based programs are eligible.

To be eligible for a refund, all program requirements must be complete and submitted, including all defence and program completion paperwork from the academic unit and student, and the final thesis being successfully submitted through the electronic site. The date that all of these requirements are met is the student's official completion date, and will be the date used to assess any refund.

Refunds are pro-rated monthly (e.g. a student with a completion date which falls on any day in January will receive a tuition refund for February, March and April. A student who completes on any day in February will receive a tuition refund for March and April, etc.). This refund applies only to tuition, student fees are non-refundable.

See Procedures and Guidelines 8.1.3 for additional information and instructions on applying for a partial refund.

Program Completion Prior to the Term Add/Drop Deadline

Students who complete all requirements prior to the University add/drop deadline in a term (per the Academic Calendar) have the ability to drop their registration for the term, which will result in a full refund of tuition AND fees for that term. Students must do this themselves through the Registration Channel in PAWS. The resulting refund is automatic and does not require the submission of a refund application form.

Before dropping registration for the term, students must ensure that all program requirements are complete and submitted, including all defence and program completion paperwork from the academic unit and student, and the final thesis being successfully submitted through the electronic site. If a student drops registration for the term and has not completed all requirements, (s)he will be required to re-register and will be responsible for any associated tuition and fees.

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8.2. Graduate Student Fees

Graduate Student Fees are assessed at the time of registration. All graduate students shall pay graduate student fees at the prevailing rate as posted.

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8.3. Registration

8.3.1. Registration Requirements and Maintenance of Status

Unless otherwise specified by a special program agreement, all graduate degree students will maintain continuous registration throughout their programs.

Degree thesis or project students shall be considered full-time for every term for the duration of their programs, including the May to August summer term. There is no part-time option for degree thesis or project students.

Master’s course-based students are required to register continually in their programs from beginning to end, in every term, including the summer sessions.  If there is no course for a master’s course-based student to take in a particular term, he or she shall be registered in Maintenance of Status.  This registration carries with it tuition fees and student fees equivalent to a three (3) credit unit course. Maintenance of Status terms are included as part of a student’s time in program.

Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s course-based program students with at least six (6) credit units of course work per term will be considered full-time. Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s course-based students with fewer than six (6) credit units of course work in a particular term will be considered part-time for that term. 

Postgraduate Diploma students who are not enrolled in a course in a particular term do not need to register for that term.  PGD students are permitted to be unregistered for a maximum of two consecutive terms. PGD students must be registered for at least one term of each calendar year by either enrolling in a course or in Maintenance of Status for that term. back to top

8.3.2. Mandatory Registration in Thesis or Project Course

Students in a master's thesis or master’s project program or in a Ph.D. program must register in the respective project or thesis course (992, 994, 995, or 996) in each academic term throughout the program. back to top

8.3.3. Registration in Graduate Seminar Course (GSR 990)

Academic units shall provide research seminars for students with appropriate opportunities to develop skills and discuss their research with faculty and other students.

With few exceptions, all graduate students shall register in the 990 seminar in the regular graduate academic session until they have received a Completed Requirement (CR) for it. Students must consult with their academic unit to find out what their program registration requirements are.

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8.3.4. Registration in Undergraduate Courses

With permission of both their own academic unit and the unit offering the courses, currently registered graduate students may enroll in undergraduate courses. Undergraduate courses credited towards a graduate program must be senior (300-400) level courses, as determined by the College which offers the course. If the undergraduate course is part of a Program of Study that is approved by both the academic unit and the College of Graduate Studies and Research, no additional tuition is assessed. If the undergraduate course is not included in the student’s Program of Study, tuition is applicable. Students must formally register in the selected undergraduate course(s).  

A graduate student completing an undergraduate course must achieve a minimum grade of 70% to pass and be awarded credit for that course.

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8.3.5. Registration in Two Colleges

In certain circumstances, a student may be permitted to register in a second college before completing the requirements for a degree in the first college. Normal time in program applies for both degrees. Support must be obtained from the Dean’s Office of the undergraduate college and the Chair of the graduate program, and final approval shall be from the Dean of CGPS or his designate.

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8.3.6. Registration in Graduate Level Courses by Undergraduate Students

Permission to register in one or more graduate courses will be granted only to exceptional undergraduate students for reasons such as the academic enhancement of the student's undergraduate program or the resolution of problems anticipated in proper sequencing of courses.  Tuition for a graduate-level course, when the course is taken by an undergraduate student, is assessed on a per-course basis, according to University regulations. 

Graduate courses completed in addition to the requirements of an undergraduate degree may be used to partially fulfill the requirements of a graduate degree (to a maximum of six (6) credit units). In such situations, the inclusion of a course(s) in a graduate program of studies must be approved by the graduate student’s advisory committee. 

Section 10.8 regarding the start date of a student’s graduate program will apply.  

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8.3.7. Registration of Joint/Sandwich Students

Students attending the U of S in a joint/sandwich student program must be registered in the CGPS  for a minimum of one term (4 months). In addition to completing GSR 960 Graduate Research Ethics and Integrity Training Course, students in a joint/sandwich program must also register in:

  • GSR 992.0 research project course for the duration of their attendance;
  • A 990 seminar or equivalent course for one term
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8.3.8. Registration of Dual Degree Students

Students attending the U of S in a dual degree program must be registered and attending the U of S for a minimum of three terms for master’s students (one year), or, for a minimum of six terms (two years) for doctoral students.

For complete information on dual degrees, please refer to Policy 21.5.

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8.3.9. Verification of Status

Students can access letters for Verification of Status online.

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8.4. Changes in Registration

8.4.1. Add/Drop Dates

All graduate students shall abide by the University’s regulations and deadlines for adding and dropping courses.

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8.4.2. Changes in Personal Information

Changes to names or citizenship status are made through Student Central, Student and Enrolment Services Division, and students are required to provide appropriate documentation. All other changes to personal information must be made by the student online through PAWS.

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8.4.3. Voluntary Withdrawal

Any student may voluntarily withdraw from their program.

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8.4.4. Requirement to Discontinue (RTD) for Lack of Registration

Failure to register for three (3) consecutive terms is just cause for the CGPS to impose a requirement to discontinue (RTD) a student from his/her program.  A student who has been RTD from his/her program and then later wishes to resume his/her graduate program must make a formal application through the academic unit.

Please refer to policy section 14 Requirement to Discontinue (RTD) for additional RTD policy.

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8.4.5. Readmission After Withdrawal or RTD from Program

Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or have been RTD from their graduate program and then later wish to resume their program must make a formal application through the academic unit. The academic unit shall make a recommendation for readmission to the CGPS. If approved, the program start date is considered to coincide with the first course used on the student’s Program of Study and the original time limits for the program shall apply.

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8.5. Residency Requirements

Residency requirements are the amount of time a student must spend in particular aspects of their program at the U of S. Each graduate program may establish its own residency requirements for Master’s and Ph.D. students.

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8.6. Faculty Registration in Graduate Courses

A faculty member may take graduate courses as a non-degree student; however graduate students are given first priority in courses with quotas. Requirements for application fee, transcripts, and language scores are waived for faculty members applying for non-degree admission.

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