Simon Fraser University Fees

The following are the fees for a full-time undergraduate student at Canada’s Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. The university offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in a variety of fields.

Simon Fraser University Fees


Tuition fees are not the same for all students. In fact, they vary depending on a number of factors including:

  • Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate or continuing education student
  • If you’re an international student (if so, which country your from)
  • If you have a disability and require special accommodation


Incidentals are the small expenses you may incur while studying at SFU. These can include photocopying, printing and binding, as well as lab fees for science labs and non-SFU events (e.g. guest speakers).

  • Incidental Fees: $176 per term or $62 per semester
  • Students with a valid health plan (outlined below) will be exempt from paying this fee

Student Union Building Fee

The Student Union Building Fee covers the costs of operating SFU’s student union building, which provides students with a variety of services.

The fee is $39 per unit per semester. It’s paid through your tuition and fees bill, which you can view on MyPage. You can also opt-out online or in person at Student Central (you will be required to provide proof of eligibility).

Athletics and Recreation Fee

You will be charged the Athletics and Recreation Fee of $55. This fee is mandatory, and you must pay it even if you do not participate in any physical fitness programs.

The Athletics and Recreation Fee supports the athletics and recreation programs available to students at SFU Burnaby. These include intramural sports, club sports and fitness classes.

First Nations Initiatives Fee

The First Nations Initiatives Fee is a university-mandated fee that supports the First Nations Education Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to students who are registered members of a Canadian First Nation and who may be experiencing financial hardship, such as those affected by natural disasters or other situations beyond their control.

This fee applies to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are registered members at SFU’s Vancouver campus, regardless of your program classification or status as an international student. The fee is automatically charged on your tuition bill each term you’re enrolled in classes, so there’s no application necessary—it’s just there!

The First Nations Initiatives Fee is not refundable for any reason; if you believe yourself eligible for funding from the First Nations Education Fund but find yourself unable to apply for it because you have already paid this mandatory fee for this semester/term, contact Student Finance and Financial Aid Services (SF&FAS) at 604 822 2111 ext. 2222 immediately so they can help resolve the issue quickly with minimal impact on your academic progress. This can be done over the phone or in person during regular business hours (Monday–Friday). If possible, bring official documentation confirming eligibility with you when speaking with someone from SF&FAS staff; otherwise they will make every effort upon request to verify whether or not eligibility exists based on information provided by both parties involved: applicant(s) themselves plus whoever else might know anything related—such as family members/friends connected through social media platforms like Facebook where data retention policies differ widely between providers making it difficult if not impossible sometimes even after multiple attempts contacting people directly via phone calls etc…

Bus Pass U-Pass BC

The U-Pass BC is a student transit pass that allows you to take unlimited trips on the bus, C-train and L-train. It’s mandatory for all students taking classes at SFU Burnaby. The U-Pass BC is valid for the duration of your program, from September 1 through April 30 (if you start in January), or from May 1 to August 31 (if you start in September).

The U-Pass BC is also valid for all zones: Zones 2–6.

Health Insurance Plan

Health Insurance Plan

A Health Insurance plan is mandatory for all students. The cost of the Health Insurance Plan is $1,840 per year and fees are due May 1st. If you do not select a plan by this date, you will be charged $2,600 for Summer Session 1 only; Fall/Winter Term fees will still have to be paid in September (at which time you may also choose your health insurance coverage).

The Health Services Office provides a wide range of services including: general medical care (e.g., fever management); travel advice; immunization clinics; health education presentations/workshops; psychological counselling services; sexual assault support services and referrals to community resources.

Co-op Program Fees

CS students pay an annual Co-op Fee of $2,000. This amount is pro-rated based on the number of months a student is enrolled in co-op:

  • A full-time CS student will pay $1,000 per month (12 months total).
  • A part-time CS student will pay $333.33 per month (6 months total).

The Co-op Fee is paid in the first term of your program and at the same time as tuition and incidental fees are due.

Learn more about SFU student fees

  • Fees are set by the university.
  • Fees are charged by the university.
  • Fees are paid by the student.
  • They can be used to pay for student services, such as tutoring and health services, as well as student activities like clubs and sports teams.
  • They also contribute towards paying for facilities such as libraries and labs, which students use every day during their studies at SFU Vancouver or Surrey Campuses


We hope you’ve found this guide to SFU tuition and fees helpful. We want your education to be as affordable as possible, so we work hard to make sure you get the most out of your investment in higher education. The financial aid office can help you minimize costs through scholarships, bursaries and loans—or even cover all or some of them altogether!

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