Tuition Fees & Administrative Fees


Tuition Fees 2022-2023

Tuition - One-Credit Course (1 graduate credit)

  774.00

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

1,548.00

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

387.00

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

387.00

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

1,548.00

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

774.00

Required unit fee for all Diploma Programs – All Students

515.00

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

107.00

CPE credit authentication fee (per graduate credit) – Special Students                             

214.00 

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, 2022) 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 (2022-2023) in the “Course Changes and Course Withdrawals” section of this Calendar.

Tuition is refunded in accordance with the Course Withdrawal and Refund Schedule (2022-2023).  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 2022-2023

Miscellaneous Fees (Campus Renewal, Technology and Copyright) per credit

$22.00

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

          75.00

Application fee - Special Student

 75.00

Application Fee - All Diploma Programs

55.00

Prior Learning Assessment Fee

428.00

Assessment of Accelerated Entry Processing Fee

214.00

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

536.00

Thesis Processing Fee

150.00

Leave of Absence Fee (all programs)

107.00

Graduation and Lifetime Transcript Fee (all programs)

130.00

In Absentia Graduation Fee (all programs)

80.00

Letter of Confirmation (for those not in course)

27.00

*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 (Subject to change once fees are set for 2022-2023)

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).

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 during the appropriate opt-out period 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 during the appropriate opt-in period. 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 International Basic health plan, and the Extended Health plan, but may be eligible to opt-out. Full-time international students are also enrolled in the dental plan, but may opt out if they have alternative comparable coverage.

The opt-out and opt-in periods, as well as more information on the SMUSA health and dental plans, can be found online by visiting: www.smusa.ca/services/healthplaninfo 

Please note, the termination age for SMUSA health and dental benefits is 70, meaning you are above the age of eligibility for most of the benefits and should consider looking for alternative health plan options. Folks who are aged 65+ can also find more information on the Nova Scotia Pharmacare program here: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/pharmacare/seniors-pharmacare.asp


Tuition and Administration Policies 2022-2023

Please refer to the Academic Calendar