Tuition Fees & Administrative Fees


Tuition Fees 2021/2022

Tuition - One-Credit Course (1 graduate credit)

  744.00

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

1,488.00

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

372.00

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

372.00

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

1,488.00

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

744.00

Required unit fee for all Diploma Programs – All Students

495.00

CPE credit authentication fee (per graduate credit) – AST-enrolled

103.00

CPE credit authentication fee (per graduate credit) – non-AST students                             

206.00 

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 June 1, 2021) is one-half of the regular course fee for graduate courses. Diploma, Directed Studies, Audit, Thesis, and CPE credit authentication fees 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 the fee schedule set by the outside institution.

Tuition for AST faculty and staff (employed at AST at 50% time or more) and their immediate family members is one-half of the regular tuition fee for graduate courses. Diploma, Directed Studies, Audit, Thesis, and CPE credit authentication fees 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 the 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. Diploma, Directed Studies, Audit, Thesis, and CPE credit authentication fees 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 the 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 (2021-2022) in the “Course Changes and Course Withdrawals” section of this Calendar.

Tuition is refunded in accordance with the Course Withdrawal and Refund Schedule (2021-2022).  Exceptions to the withdrawal and refund schedule may be granted for reasons of health and/or other substantial reasons with the approval of the Academic Dean.


Administration Fees

Campus Renewal Fee ($5.20 per academic credit to a maximum of $50 per academic year)

$52.00

Technology Fee ($12.40 per academic credit to a maximum of $120 per academic year)

124.00

Access Copyright fee per academic year (all students)

10.00

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

          72.00

Application fee - Special Student

 72.00

Prior Learning Assessment Fee

412.00

Assessment of Accelerated Entry Processing Fee

206.00

Diploma Program Application Fee (all Diploma Programs)

52.00

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

515.00

Thesis Processing

144.00

Leave of Absence Fee (all programs)

103.00

Graduation and Lifetime Transcript Fee (all programs)

125.00

In Absentia Graduation Fee (all programs)

100.00

Letter of Confirmation (for those not in course)

26.00

*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 2021-2022.

Full-time AST Students

ASTSU Fee        

$15/credit to a max of $150

~ SMUSA Student Fee (On-campus students)    

$167.00

~ SMUSA Student Fee (On-campus students, Winter Term only)

$83.50

~ Bus Pass per term - Fall and Winter (On-campus full-time students only) 

$83.00

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

$83.00

 Canadian Students Health Plan

Single (12 months Sep-Aug)   

$177.00

Single (8 months Jan-Aug)  

$118.00

~ International students Health Plan+

Medical
12 months (Sep-Aug)
8 months (Jan-Aug)

Single

$1,072.00

$711.00

For all family rates including dependants, contact the SMUSA Health Plan Office at healthplan.smusa@smu.ca or 902-496-8754

Dental Plan
12 Month (Sep-Aug)
8 month (Jan-Aug)

Single

$110.00

$75.00

For family rates, contact the SMUSA Health Plan Office at healthplan.smusa@smu.ca or (902) 496-8754

Part-time AST Students

ASTSU Fee                                                                                        

 $15.00 per credit        

SMUSA Fee for one academic year

 $31.25 per term

 *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. Students must opt out directly with the SMUSA Health Office by emailing healthplan.smusa@smu.ca.

A part-time student is a student taking 5 or fewer credits in an academic year (May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022). 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. For part-time student Health and Dental plan fees, please contact SMUSA Health Plan office at healthplan.smusa@smu.ca or call (902) 496-8754.

+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 by June 16, 2021.
  • Fall Term tuition is due by September 20, 2021.
  • Winter Term tuition is due by January 17, 2022.

Late Payment Charges

Students who do not pay all amounts owing to AST by the dates noted above are subject to late payment charges and may 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 delay payments because they are awaiting student loan funds must provide a copy of their loan application to the Business Office.

Refunds

Tuition is refunded in accordance with the Course Withdrawal and Refund Schedule (2021-2022) 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 contact the Registrar.  Please contact the Registrar (registrar@astheology.ns.ca or 902.425.3691) if you have questions about student loans and AST.

Student Loans for U.S. Students

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.

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 $25 fee to the student.  The account will be considered unpaid until this fee is received.