Tuition and Fees

The current year’s tuition and fees for each program are available on each individual program page in our Programs & Courses section.

Tuition fees are established and reviewed on an annual basis through the college’s approval process in accordance with provincial tuition fee legislation. All other fees are developed and approved through the college’s fee approval process and are reviewed on an annual basis.

The following fee categories are assessed to your student account once you are registered in classes. Fees may vary according to your campus or the delivery method of your classes. See your individual program or course for more information, download the schedules above, or check your MyQuest account for details.

Tuition Deposit

Tuition payers, applicants funded through student loans, and applicants without a confirmed funding agency sponsorship are required to pay a non-transferable tuition deposit to hold a seat in a program once admission is offered. The tuition deposit is applied to the first term’s tuition.

  • Domestic (Canadian/permanent resident) student tuition deposit: $400 (CAD)
  • International student tuition deposit: $1000 (CAD)
  • Students who cancel their enrolment at least 30 days prior to the start date of their program are eligible for a 50% refund. After the date, the entire tuition deposit is non-refundable.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees, which are fees for instruction, are assessed on a per credit basis according to the program to which you have been admitted. Refer to the documents below for the tuition and fees schedule for domestic and international students.


Students' Association Fee

The Students' Association of NorQuest College establishes the rate for Students' Association fees that are assessed upon registration. These fees are mandatory, and due and payable under the same terms and conditions as other college fees.


  • $63.50 - payable each term by full- or part-time students registered in classes located on-campus at the Edmonton Downtown Campus or the regional campuses in Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, and Whitecourt.
  • $39.50 - payable each term by full- or part-time students registered in online, and practicum/work placement classes.
  • Students enrolled in a combination of on-campus and online classes will be assessed the on-campus rate of $63.50.

The following students are not assessed the Students' Association fee:

  • students enrolled in LINC or Upgrading for ESL Youth
  • students taking non-credit, continuing education classes
  • students enrolled in NorQuest College credit classes that are purchased through an external contract
  • students auditing classes

Registrarial Fee

A registrarial fee of $25 is charged each term to all full- and part-time registered students.

This fee covers the following services:

  • credential (certificate or diploma) replacement
  • official transcript reprinting
  • enrolment confirmation letters
  • issuance of a student ID card
  • completion of forms for enrolment verification
  • determination of eligibility to graduate

These services are be provided to each current and former NorQuest student, upon request, by the Office of the Registrar.

Program and Supplies Fee (Per Course)

The program and supplies fee covers the anticipated cost for materials and supplies that are essential to the completion of a program or course of study (online or in person). This may include materials used in a classroom, software licenses, technology support, lab supplies and apparel, guest speakers, or other materials or supplies that the college provides. Fee amounts vary by course. Refer to 2019-20 Course Fees (891K pdf).

Textbook Rental Fees

Textbooks are loaned to students in Academic Upgrading and employment preparation programs during a term, and a mandatory book rental fee is assessed to a student's account upon registration.

Registered students can pick up their books from the bookstore with a valid NorQuest College student ID. Once the term is over, students are responsible for returning their books. If books are not returned, the cost of the books will be charged to the student's account. Refer to 2019-20 Course Fees (891K pdf), which lists the textbook rental fee by applicable course.

In some programs, students are required to purchase books and supplies. These are available from the Bookstore.

Health and Dental Plan Fees

All students who are eligible are automatically enrolled in the mandatory student health and dental plans offered by the Students' Association of NorQuest College.

To be eligible students must be full-time and:

  • self-funded (including those receiving student loans) or third-party funded
  • taking programs at NorQuest College's Edmonton Downtown Campus or regional campuses in Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, and Whitecourt
  • assessed Students' Association fees
  • registered in an eligible program

Period of Coverage

Coverage Cost* Cost per plan (Health plan and Dental plan) Coverage start and end
Full-year health and dental $386 $193 Start date of fall term to August 31
Eight-month health and dental $260 $130 Start date of winter term to August 31

* Plan fees are payable along with all other tuition and fees at the start of term.

Available to students starting full-time studies in the winter term.

Students not eligible for the health and dental plans include:

  • part-time, Alberta Works grant-funded, auditing, and students with an Advancing Futures bursary.
  • students who begin studies in the spring term; however, students will be automatically enrolled in the plan for the fall term if they have paid Students' Association fees and are enrolled in an eligible program.
  • students taking programs at a campus other than Edmonton Downtown, Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, and Whitecourt
  • students who declare Indigenous status; however, they may choose to opt in.

Opting Out

Each plan has an annual premium; therefore, opting out of either the health or dental plan must be done prior to the specified deadline and must be accompanied by proof of existing insurance. Students who have paid for the health and dental plan and wish to add on family members may do so by paying the applicable fees directly to the Students' Association.

The deadline to opt out of the health and dental plans is the drop date for the term. See the Academic Schedule for dates.

Students who had previously opted out of the health and dental plans but wish to re-enrol in the plan may do so on their opt-out anniversary or within 30 days of losing their existing insurance coverage.

Further Information on Student Health and Dental Plans

More information regarding your student health and dental plans can be found at or by visiting the Student Benefits Plan office, located in the Students' Association office, Room 1-114, Singhmar Centre for Learning, Edmonton Downtown Campus.

U-Pass Fees

The U-Pass (or Universal Transit Pass) provides unlimited usage of regular service (excluding special event, contracted, and charter service) from:

  • Edmonton Transit System
  • St. Albert Transit
  • Strathcona County Transit
  • Leduc Transit
  • Spruce Grove Transit
  • Fort Saskatchewan

The U-Pass is valid during:

  • fall term (Aug 25 - Dec 31),
  • winter term (Jan 1 - Apr 30), and
  • spring term (May 1 - Aug 31)

to full-time students of NorQuest College who have been assessed the Students’ Association fee and are taking classes within the Edmonton city limits of the participating municipalities. All eligible students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory U-Pass program offered by the Students’ Association.

The cost of the mandatory U-Pass to each eligible student is:

  • 2019/20: $175 each for fall, winter, and spring terms ($525 total)

Students who have a valid CNIB registration, DATS, SCAT, or Handibus registration, work for one of the transit services, or have a practicum or class outside of the service area for longer than eight consecutive weeks may be eligible to opt out of U-Pass. Contact the Students’ Association for more information.

Students who register after the drop date (last day for payment of term fees - 10% of the term) will not be eligible for the U-Pass. See the Academic Schedule for the exact dates.

More information regarding the U-Pass program can be found on the Students’ Association website.

Other Fees

Auditing Fees

Fees for auditing a course are 50% of the tuition, and the full cost for the program and supplies fee and book rental fee, if applicable. Auditing students do not pay a Students' Association fee or registrarial fee and are ineligible for the health and dental plans and U-Pass.

Challenge Exam Fee

The challenge exam fee is 50% of the tuition of the course, plus a $25 administration fee. See Challenge Exams for more details.

Course Extensions

Note: Effective Fall 2019, course extensions will no longer be granted for Open Entry/Open Exit online courses. Students enrolled in courses in Spring/Summer 2019 will be allowed to request a course extension provided the following requirements are met.

  • Each extension is $75 and four weeks (28 calendar days) in length.
  • Payment must be received within seven calendar days and is subject to financial penalty, if not received within this timeframe.
  • The extension period begins the day after the original end date of the course.
  • Students are allowed a maximum of five course extensions for the duration of their program.
  • Students are allowed a maximum of three extensions per course.
  • Course extensions are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Students who have outstanding fees are not eligible for a course extension until all fees are paid.

Course extensions must be requested from the Office of the Registrar a minimum of five business days before the course end date. Students are responsible for ensuring that a course extension does not exceed their allotted completion time period for their program.

Incidental Fees

Other fees that may be charged to you include:

Item Replacement/ Duplicate Costs
ID card replacement $15 + GST
Document evaluation fee (for domestic applicants with international documents) $55
Replacement of non-credit documents $25 + GST
T2202A duplicate or replacement (prior to 2009) $15 + GST
Legal requests $75 + GST
Non-sufficient funds cheque fee $35
Clinical practice ID card replacement $15 + GST
Change of login for MyMail/MyQuest
(subject to review of circumstances)
$100 + GST
Locker rental fee $16 + GST per semester
Withdrawal reinstatement fee $100

Non-Cancellation Fee

A non-cancellation fee of $250 may be applied to a student's account due to non-attendance within the "add period" of the term or session. See Changes to Registration for further details.

Late Penalty Fee

A late fee of $100 is applied to a student account if payment is not received according to the college's tuition and fee payment schedule.

Tax Receipts

T2202 tax receipts for the preceding calendar year are available online annually through your MyQuest account by the third week of February.

  • Tuition and application fees totaling $100 or more are eligible.
  • Students in upgrading and foundational programs are not eligible for a T2202 tax receipt.

The tax receipt lists the amount of tuition paid that can be claimed as an income tax deduction and months of full-time and part-time attendance. Amounts and months are pro-rated for programs or courses that start and end in different taxation years. The taxation year is January 1 to December 31.

See T2202 Tax Receipt Info for details and frequently asked questions and answers about this topic.

Tuition and Fees for Sponsored Students

If your tuition and fees are being paid by a sponsor other than Alberta Works, your sponsoring agency must send confirmation directly to the Office of the Registrar. See Third-Party Sponsorship for more information.

If the Office of the Registrar does not receive confirmation of sponsorship by the first day of classes, you remain responsible for the payment of tuition and related fees. Any fees that are not covered by a sponsor also remain a student’s responsibility.

If you have paid fees and the college then receives payment from the sponsoring agency, you will receive a refund. Other refunds for sponsored students (e.g. due to dropping a course) will be issued directly to the sponsoring agency.

Application Fees from Sponsors

You should pay your application fee first, then approach your sponsor for reimbursement.

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