Late payment of fees


If you have fees that have not been paid by the payment due dates your account may be placed on financial hold. You can read more about overdue student fees on the Academic Calendar and Policy 67.

If you're a UBC Okanagan student, find UBC Okanagan information on late payment of fees.

Financial holds

A student may be placed on financial hold as a result of outstanding fees, including tuition and student fees, parking and library fines, and Student Housing & Hospitality Services fees. The financial hold will be removed when the outstanding balance, including penalties, is paid in full.

When you are put on financial hold, the following registration activities are blocked for you:

  • New course registration
  • Registering in course waitlists
  • Switching course sections
  • Viewing your grades summary
  • Ordering transcripts

If you're facing an unexpected financial emergency, or have had a significant change to your financial situation, contact an Enrolment Services Advisor to discuss your options and learn how UBC can help.

What happens during a financial hold

  • Registration will be blocked (You are still able to drop/withdraw from courses before the course change dates).
  • You will not be dropped from your classes automatically.
  • Your professors will not be notified.
  • A $35.00 processing fee will be assessed
  • Interest will be assessed towards the end of every month.
  • You will not be able to order transcripts and diplomas.
  • UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services may refuse admission to residences, may withdraw residence and dining privileges, and may require a resident to vacate the premises.
  • Parking and Access Control may withdraw parking privileges and tow your parked vehicles.
  • The Library may withdraw borrowing privileges and electronic access.
  • Accounts severely past due can be sent to a collections agency.

Removing a financial hold

The financial hold will be removed when the outstanding balance, including penalties, is paid in full. You can make partial payments until the entire balance has been paid. Try to pay as soon as possible to avoid being charged further interest.

Please remember that the financial hold will only be removed once the payment has been processed by UBC. Payment processing times vary depending on how you paid.

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Financial interest

Interest will be charged at a rate of prime plus 6% per annum. Interest is charged on all outstanding amounts that are past due and is calculated towards the end of each month.

Anything else in this section notwithstanding, any amounts charged as penalties for the late payment of fees and accounts (including the Interest Penalty and the processing fee) will not exceed 60% per annum.

Additional resources

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 submit your question through the online form.