Financial planning


Planning for success at UBC involves proactive financial planning. Review the resources below and connect with an Enrolment Services Advisor to discuss your financial plan.

Understand your costs

Tuition and student fees

The first step is to understand how much a school year will cost you and what the related expenses are. Knowing your costs will give you the foundation to build your financial plan. Start by finding out the costs for tuition, student fees, and books:

Living costs

Next, consider how much it will cost to live in Vancouver.

  • If you are living on campus, you'll need to cover residence fees and a meal plan
  • If you're off-campus, you'll also want to think about rent, groceries, and utilities

Make sure that you also allow for personal expenses such as your cell phone bill and entertainment. If it's in your budget, you won't be caught off-guard. Use the cost calculator to help you calculate what it might cost in your first year.

If you’re a prospective graduate student, you can use the graduate cost calculator to help build your financial plan.

Know your resources

Once you know what your educational costs are, you will need to find resources to cover those costs. Some students will have some savings or help from their families, but there are also a range of financial assistance programs in place at UBC.

Map your timeline

Enrolment Services is committed to helping you, but it is your responsibility to meet important deadlines. See to key dates and deadlines.

If you are applying for student loans, it is recommended to apply for your loan by mid-July.

Build a financial plan

Maintain your financial plan

Once you have a plan, it's important to use it. We know sometimes this is easier said than done. If it's not working, it's okay to make adjustments as needed. Stay on top of your obligations with your previous loans, and be prepared for your loan repayment.

If you have questions

If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Services Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.  

Graduate, postgraduate, and all other students can contact an Enrolment Services Advisor by calling 604 822 9836 or submitting your question through the online form.

Financial wellness workshops

Sign up for free sessions facilitated by Enrolment Services Advisors and Financial Wellness Peers on topics such as student loans, budgeting, creating a financial plan, and more.

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