Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

Student

Tuition + Fees

Please Note
This information does not apply to students enrolled in the M.Div. by Extension program.

Tuition

Basic Rate
(Diplomas, M.Div., M.A., M.A.T.S.)
$281.00 per credit hour.
Advanced Rate
(Th.M., GDTS)
$408.00 per credit hour.
Certificate Rate $192.00 per credit hour.
Auditing Rate $141.00 per credit hour.

Tuition Discounts

Fall and Spring Terms only – Eligible for one course per term:

50% reduction in Certificate, Diploma and Degree tuition (one course/term): Seniors (65+); VST faculty & staff

50% reduction in Auditing tuition (one course/term): Seniors (65+); full-time VST students; spouses/partners of VST full-time students; VST faculty, staff & board members; VST alumni

Academic Fees

Maintenance $350.00
Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Fee $200.00

Non-Refundable Student Fees

VST Student Fees

Student’s Association
$20/term (onsite students)$10/term (offsite students)
Registration Fee
$35 per term.
Graduation Fee
$100 (Spring term before graduation).

Adobe Connect off-site Surcharge:  $20/credit hour (students taking course via Adobe Connect only)

 UBC Student Fees

AMS Membership
$194.29 per year.
Health and Dental Plan
$232.27   (Jan – Aug $154.85).
UPass
$164 per term.

Fee Refunds and Withdrawals

Withdrawal from some portion of the program may result in the reassessment of charges and a partial tuition refund. Any refund is calculated for the day the Registrar’s Office receives in writing from the student notification of withdrawal from their course or program.

A Summer Term

For students for whom the course is their only Summer registration, the first $50 of tuition and any student fees are non-refundable.

Of the remaining charges, refunds will be made on the following basis when notification is received:

  • 100% is refunded 7 days prior to day one of the course;
  • 80% is refunded by the end of the first day of classes;
  • 40% is refunded by the end of the second day of classes;
  • 20% is refunded by the end of the third day of classes;
  • After the 3rd day of class, no refund can be given.

B Fall and Spring Terms

The first $100 of the tuition assessed and any student fees are non-refundable.

Of the remaining charges, refunds will be made on the following basis when notification is received:

  • 100% is refunded during the first two weeks of classes
  • 60% is refunded during the third and fourth weeks of classes
  • 40% is refunded during the fifth and sixth weeks of classes
  • 20% is refunded during the seventh and eighth weeks of classes
  • After the eighth week of classes, no refund can be given.

C January Interterm

For students for whom the Interterm is the only registration for the term, the first $100 of tuition and any student fees are non-refundable.

Of the remaining charges, refunds will be made on the following basis when notification is received:

  • 100% is refunded by the end of the first day of classes;
  • 80% is refunded by the end of the second day of class;
  • 40% is refunded by the end of the third day of class;
  • 20% is refunded by the end of the fourth day of class;
  • After the fourth day of class, no refund can be given.

Withdrawal from non-credit workshops

If withdrawal notification is received by the Registrar 7 days prior to event, a full refund will be given, minus a $25 administration fee.  For withdrawals less than 7 days prior to beginning of the event, no refund will normally be given.

Moderate Standard of Living Expenses

The Moderate Standard of Living guidelines below will help you determine your living expenses while living in Vancouver and studying at VST. They also apply for the maximum claimable expenses in certain categories on VST’s Tuition Support Application Form.

Accommodation Expenses

Room in shared suite, apartment, or house  $600 – $900 per month
Bachelor/studio suites  $900 – $1100 per month
1-bedroom basement/garden level suite $1000 – $1200 per month
1-bedroom apartment $1200 – $1400 per month
2-bedroom basement/garden level suite $1400 – $1700 per month
2-bedroom apartment $1700 – $1900 per month
Families with children  $1900 – $2200 (add $300/child for more than 2 children)

Other Expenses

Utilities (Electricity and gas, if not already included in rental price):

  • Electric: $120 – $200 per month
  • Gas: $50 – $100 per month
  • Telephone, basic service: $80 approx. per month
  • Internet: $70 per month
Food: $350 per month for singles, add $100/month per additional person
BC Medical Insurance: $72 per month for singles, $130.50 per month for couples, $144 per month for family of 3 or more.
Car Insurance: $1000–$1500 per year
Parking at UBC Parkade (no parking available at VST): $14/day, $7.50 flat evening rate (after 5pm)
Study Permit: (for non-Canadians): $150 per Permit
Work Permit: (for spouse of non-Canadians): $155 per Permit
Miscellaneous: $300 per month
Startup Costs: Budget at least $500 extra

It is wise to budget more money for the first month to cover any potential unexpected costs. For example, some families end up paying for temporary accommodation, renting a car to look for permanent housing, buying furniture, etc.

Health Insurance

Students must show upon registration that adequate hospital and medical insurance has been obtained. Students not already covered, or students from outside British Columbia, should obtain information from the BC Medical Services Plan office.

If you have any questions about expenses, please contact us:

Admissions Office
604-822-0824
[email protected]