Tuition Fees & Administrative Fees


Tuition Fees 2019/2020

Tuition - Full-Time (10 graduate credits)

$ 6,840.00

Tuition - Full-Time International Students (10 graduate credits)

13,960.00

Tuition - One-Credit Course (1 graduate credit)

   698.00

Tuition - One-Credit Course International Students (1 graduate credit)

1,396.00

Tuition - One-Credit Course (1 graduate credit) for all persons aged 65 or older

349.00

Audit Fee for a One-Credit Course (0 graduate credits awarded) - All Students

 349.00

Thesis tuition (based on rate charged per 1 graduate credit) – International Students

 1,396.00

Thesis Tuition (based on rate charged per 1 academic credit)

 698.00

Required unit fee for all Diploma Programs – All Students

465.00

Elective unit fee for all Diploma Programs – All Students

465.00

Diploma in Youth Ministry elective unit when offered for less than one academic term

315.00

Diploma in Youth Ministry practicum units registration fee (due at first registration)

230.00

Diploma in the New Evangelization Program Component Fee

477.00

Diploma in Youth Ministry Learning Unit Fee (offered over one academic term)

477.00

Diploma in Youth Ministry Elective (offered for less than one academic term)

311.00

CPE credit authentication fee (per graduate credit) – all students

100.00

CPE unit fees Set by outside institution offering the CPE unit

Qualified residents of Nova Scotia are eligible for a reduction in tuition bursary under the Province of Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Program.


Tuition fees for senior citizens (persons sixty-five years of age or older as of May 1, 2019) is one-half of the regular course fee for graduate courses. Directed Studies, Audit, Thesis, and CPE credit authentication fee ($100 per academic credit) are all payable at the regular rate. Fees for CPE Units offered through an outside institution (e.g. Nova Scotia Health Authority) and for which AST authenticates academic credit are payable according to fee schedule set by the outside institution.


Tuition for AST faculty and staff and their immediate family members is one-half of the regular tuition fee for graduate courses. Directed Studies, Audit, Thesis, and CPE credit authentication fee ($100 per academic credit) are all payable at the regular rate. Fees for CPE Units offered through an outside institution (e.g.Nova Scotia Health Authority) and for which AST authenticates academic credit are payable according to fee schedule set by the outside institution.


Tuition for Saint Mary’s University faculty and their immediate family members is one-half of the regular tuition fee for graduate courses. Directed Studies, Audit, Thesis, and CPE credit authentication fee ($100 per academic credit) are all payable at the regular rate. Fees for CPE Units offered through an outside institution (e.g. Nova Scotia Health Authority) and for which AST authenticates academic credit are payable according to fee schedule set by the outside institution.


Charges relating to Course Withdrawals
Changes in course registration must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office in accordance with the Course Withdrawal and Refund Schedule (2019-2020) in the “Course Changes and Course Withdrawals” section of this Calendar.
Tuition is refunded in accordance with the Course Withdrawal and Refund Schedule (2019-2020). Exceptions to the withdrawal and refund schedule may be granted for reasons of health and/or other substantial reasons with the approval of the Registrar.

 


Administration Fees

Campus Renewal Fee ($5 per academic credit to a maximum of $50 per academic year)

$    50.00

Technology Fee ($12 per academic credit to a maximum of $120 per academic year)

120.00

MDiv, MA (Theology and Religious Studies), and Graduate Certificate Application Fee

          70.00

Application fee - Special Student

 70.00

Prior Learning Assessment Fee

400.00

Assessment of Accelerated Entry Processing Fee

200.00

Diploma Program Application Fee (all Diploma Programs)

50.00

Diploma in Youth Ministry Third-Party Elective Processing Fee

25.00

Diploma in Youth Ministry Transfer or Exemption Processing Fee

50.00

MA (Theology and Religious Studies) Thesis Continuation Registration Fee per academic year

500.00

Thesis Processing

140.00

Graduate Program Leave of Absence Fee

100.00

Graduation Fee (all programs)

100.00

In Absentia Graduation Fee (all programs)

75.00

*Official Transcript Fee for student numbers starting with 2002 and earlier

25.00

*Official Transcript Fee for student numbers starting with 2003 and later

No charge

*Unofficial Transcript Fee

No charge

Letter of Confirmation (for those not in course)

25.00

*All transcripts - whether official or unofficial and with or without an associated transcript fee - must be ordered through the Registrar’s Office.

 

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Student Union Fees

An agreement between the AST Student Union (ASTSU) and the Saint Mary's University Student Association (SMUSA) provides for a number of services to AST students. This includes access to SMU's health centre, Husky Patrol Safe Drive Access as well as a variety of sports, social and education events. Health and dental plans are provided for full-time students, although they may opt out if they show proof of similar coverage. Part-time students may opt into this coverage if they choose (the cost is the same). Metro Transit bus passes are included for all full-time students and may be opted into by the summer distance students. For more information about these and other services, please refer to the SMUSA’S website (www.smusa.ca) or contact any member of the ASTSU executive (aststudentunion@astheology.ns.ca).

NOTE: Fees marked with a * are subject to change, after SMUSA sets their fees for 2019-2020.

Full-Time Students

ASTSU Fee
(15.00/credit to a max of $150)

$        150.00

 

*SMUSA Student Fee
(On Campus, FT)

 152.00

 

*SMUSA Student Fee
(Summer Distance MDiv Students)

 152.00

 

*SMUSA Student Fee
(On-Campus, Winter Term Only)

   76.00

 

*Bus Pass for 8 months
(On-campus full-time students only)

  155.50

 

Bus Pass for Summer Distance Students
(May 1-August 31: must opt in)

77.75

 

Health Plan (Canadian Students) *
Individual
Family

12 months
137.00
 289.00

 

Medical (International Students) *
(Basic and Extended Health)
Individual
Family - 1 dependent
Family - 2 dependents

12 months

940.00
1,895.00
2,468.00

8 months

626.50
1262.50
1644.00

Dental Plan
(Canadian and International Students) *
Individual
Family

Sept.Registration

 98.00
196.00

Jan. Registration

65.50
130.00

Part-Time Students **

ASTSU Fee (per credit)

 12.00

 

SMUSA Fee (per academic year)

 53.50

 

SMUSA Fee (for registration in one academic term only)

 26.00

 


Notes:

  • *Full-time students may opt out of medical and dental plans if they have existing health plans; students must provide proof of existing insurance and sign a waiver at the SMUSA office (5th floor of the O’Donnell Hennessey Student Centre, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
  • A part-time student is a student taking 5 or fewer credits in an academic year (May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020). Part-time students are not eligible for the bus pass. Part-time students may opt in to the health and dental plans by contacting the SMUSA Health Plan office. Health and dental plan fees may be reduced for part-time students who commence studies in the Winter Term.
    +International students should be familiar with the medical coverage they have to assist in determining what coverage they need. Full-time and part-time international students are automatically enrolled in the health plan, but may opt out. Full-time international students are also enrolled in the dental plan, but may opt out.

 

Tuition and Administration Policies

Tuition Fee Payment Due Dates
Summer Term tuition is due in full on June 17, 2019. Fall Term tuition is due in full at Fall Registration, September 5, 2019. Winter Term tuition is due in full on January 6, 2020

Refunds
Tuition is refunded in accordance with the Course Withdrawal and Refund Schedule (2019-2020) in the “Course Changes and Course Withdrawals” section of this Calendar. Exceptions to the withdrawal and refund schedule may be granted for reasons of health and/or other substantial reasons with the approval of the Registrar.


Canada Student Loans and Bursaries
Students are responsible for applying for and negotiating a student loan in sufficient time to ensure that the full tuition and residence fees are available in time for registration. If a student is relying on a bursary that will not become available to them until after registration, it is their responsibility to provide the amount due at registration by another source of funding. Otherwise the amount will be considered unpaid and late payment charges will be applied. To have your registration status confirmed to Canada Student Loans and/or provincial student loans by AST please see the Registrar. Please contact the Registrar (registrar@astheology.ns.ca or 902.425.3691) if you have questions about student loans and AST.


U.S. Student Loans
Atlantic School of Theology (OPE ID School #04123100) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a deferment-only or eligibility-only institution. While AST is not authorized to certify new U.S. Federal student loans for U.S. students, U.S. students attending AST who have a pre-existing U.S. Federal Student loan may qualify for a temporary suspension of the student loan repayment obligation (an “in-school deferment”) while attending AST at least half-time.


Late Payment Charges
All Fall Term fees are due on the date of registration, and this includes outstanding fees from previous years. Students who do not pay all Fall Term fees by September 30 are subject to late payment charges and can be required to leave classes until the balance owing is cleared. The charges are $5 for each business day the account is in arrears, to a maximum of $50 per semester or ten percent (10%) of the outstanding balance, whichever is the lesser. Students who do not pay residence fees by the due date because they are awaiting student loan funds must provide a copy of their loan application to the Business Office.


Unpaid Balances
All fees and outstanding debts to AST are to be paid upon registration at the beginning of each term. Students who have an outstanding balance owing to AST will not be permitted to register for subsequent courses until the balance is paid in full. Please ensure that your account is settled with the Business Office at the end of each term.


In addition to the late payment charge, interest calculated at a rate of one percent (1%) per month will be charged on accounts outstanding to AST (including, but not limited to tuition, student association fees,
library accounts, residence and parking) after June 30th in the Summer Term, September 30th in the Fall Term and January 15th in the Winter Term for the number of days overdue.

A student whose account is delinquent for more than 30 days will be denied AST privileges including library access and official and unofficial copies of transcripts.

Official and unofficial transcripts will be made available to students when all outstanding accounts with AST have been paid in full. Degrees, certificates and diplomas will be awarded on the condition that all outstanding accounts with AST are paid in full one month prior to the student’s intended date of graduation.

Students with ongoing delinquent accounts may be expelled from AST and/or the AST residence.

NSF Cheques
NSF cheques will result in a $20 fee to the student. The account will be considered unpaid until this fee is received.

AST Residence Rates and Policies
During academic terms, residence rooms and apartments are made available only to full-time students. The residence also provides living accommodation for the Residence Don.
AST is both a Tobacco Free and Scent Free campus. This includes all buildings and property.

Residence Application Dates
January 31st Deadline for Summer Distance Master of Divinity Program students to
apply for residence for the Summer Term.

March 15th Deadline for current AST residents to request continuation of their residence through the summer.

May 6th Deadline for current AST residents to vacate the residence. (This deadline does not apply to AST residents who requested and are approved to continue their residence through the summer.)

June 1st Deadline for applications for AST Residence for Fall and Winter.

October 31st Deadline for applications for AST Residence for Winter Term only.

Residence and Apartment Rates and Policies
On arrival, you will provide payment for your first month’s rent, a $15 residence activity fee, plus parking and other fees, if applicable. (Your damage deposit is due with your residence application.)
Please ensure your rent is paid on the first day of each month via a series of post-dated cheques or by providing AST with a credit card number.
Note: AST will not extend credit to non-AST students beyond October 1, 2019 and you will be subject to eviction if you have not paid by this date.



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