Student Accounts - How to Pay

Paying for Canadian Students

In-person

You can pay in person at our office using:

  • Cash (Canadian and US)
  • Cheque, money order, or bank draft made payable to Acadia University. Please ensure your student ID number is noted on the cheque.
  • Debit (please note, we cannot accept international debit cards)


We also have a payment drop box located in the hallway outside of our office.

NSF cheques

When a cheque is returned to the Student Accounts office as non-negotiable, there will be an additional fee of $35 applied to the student account and the account will be considered unpaid.

If the returned cheque was used to pay tuition costs, the student's registration may be canceled, and if reinstated, a late registration fee may be charged. The student will be contacted by email and/or by phone to request repayment within 72 business hours. Personal cheques will not be accepted for repayment unless they are certified.

Bank Payment

The cheapest, easiest, fastest, and most secure way to pay your fees is using online banking.  We accept payments made through TD Canada Trust, Bank of Nova Scotia, BMO, CIBC, Royal Bank, National Bank and Credit Unions. 

To pay by internet banking:

  1. Login to your online banking platform.
  2. Select “Pay a Bill”.
  3. Select "Add a Payee" and insert the following information: Payee: Acadia University
  4. Your "Account Number" will be one of three options:
    • 7-digit ID preceded by 2 additional zeroes
    • 9-digit Application Reference ID
    • 9-digit ID typically starting with "100...", "1000...", or "000...". These are historical ID numbers issued prior to August 2022.
  5. Select your account that you wish to pay from and input the amount.

Bank payments can take 1 -3 business days to appear on your student account. At the busiest times of the year (September and January) it may take longer.

If you need any assistance, please call our office. If you are making payment for your admission deposit, please forward a copy of your payment confirmation to student.accounts@acadiau.ca so that we may track your payment to the correct account.

Interac e-Transfers and email money transfers (EMT)

We are unable to accept Interac e-transfers or E-mail Money Transfers (EMT), and if sent it will be rejected.

Mail

Cheques can be mailed to:

Acadia University
Student Accounts
Box 9, 15 University Avenue
Wolfville NS
B4P 2R6

Please ensure payments made by this method are sent in enough time to be received by the payment due date. Note your student ID number on all cheque payments.

Student Loans

Your online statements through myAcadia Self-Service will be updated once we process your loan file.

Student Loan FAQ

Why didn’t you approve my student loan?
  • Acadia can reject a student loan if the application information does not match our records.  
  • Reasons your loan may have been denied:
    • The program listed does not match your registered program at Acadia.  
    • You are enrolled in a Co-op program, but your loan does not state co-op.
    • You are not enrolled in the required number of credits to approve your loan. Please note that courses you are wait-listed for do not count towards full or part-time status.  
  • It is your responsibility to contact your provincial loans office to correct your loan and have it returned to Acadia for approval.
How do I keep my past student loan from going into repayment?
  • If you are applying for student loan funding, your past loans will not go into repayment.  
  • If you are attending and not applying for funding that term, you will need to contact student.accounts@acadiau.ca.
How do I get a confirmation of enrollment for student loans?

Your student loan will be sent to Acadia for approval and at that time, we will provide your loan agency with confirmation of enrollment.

My student loan won’t be ready by the deadline, what should I do?

Please fill out a Student Loan Extension Request here.

I have student loan forms that Acadia needs to fill out, who should I contact?

Please email your forms to student.accounts@acadiau.ca from your Acadia email address.

HigherEdPoints.com Redemption

Students can now pay for fees by redeeming Aeroplan Miles® or TD Points to pay tuition through HigherEdPoints.com.

  • 35,000 Aeroplan Miles® can be converted to $250 worth of credits at Acadia University.  Students can also convert Aeroplan Miles® of family or friends to help pay for school.
  • 62,500 TD Points can be converted to $250 worth of credits at Acadia University.

For more information or to set up an account please contact http://www.higheredpoints.com

Sponsorship

If you are sponsored by a third party, you must have the organization complete the Third-Party Billing Form and email a scanned copy to student.accounts@acadiau.ca. The form must be completed and submitted each year and prior to the start of term.

Student Accounts will invoice sponsors starting in October for the Fall term and February for the Winter term. The student is responsible to pay all fees not covered by the sponsorship by the payment due date.

Third Party Billing Form

External Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

If you have received an external scholarship and bursary, congratulations!

If the organization requires a proof of enrolment document before they will release the funds, you can request this through your self-service site or by emailing regis@acadiau.ca. The document will be released to your Acadia email for you to submit directly to the organization.

Please ensure payment is made for your account balance by the payment deadline date. Any external scholarship payment received at our office will be applied to the currently active term and may result in an account credit that can be requested as a refund.

Nova Scotia Student Bursary Program

To be eligible for this bursary program, you must be a Nova Scotia student studying at a Nova Scotia university. You can be a full-time or part-time student, in an undergraduate or graduate program, taking all your classes on campus or via distance education, or in a co-op program.

When tuition is charged on a full-time/part-time basis, the Bursary amount will be $1,283 for a full-time student (in 9 or more credit-hours in an academic semester), split between 2 terms ($641.50/term). When the tuition is charged on a per-course basis, the Bursary amount will be $128.30 per 3-hour credit.

Bursary FAQ

What is the definition of a “Nova Scotia student”?

You are considered to be a Nova Scotia student if you have a student loan from the province of Nova Scotia for your current program of study. Only Nova Scotia residents can receive student loans from the province of Nova Scotia.

If you do not have a student loan, and you entered university immediately after completing high school, you are considered a resident of the province where you last attended high school. If you last attended high school in Nova Scotia, you are considered a Nova Scotia student, but this does not apply to students on international study permits.

If you did not enter university immediately after completing high school, you are considered a resident of the province where you lived when you applied for admission to the university you are attending. This does not apply to students on international study permits or to students receiving student loan funding from a province other than Nova Scotia; neither of these student groups would be considered Nova Scotia residents and they would therefore not be eligible for the Bursary funding.

I didn’t get a bursary but I think I qualify?

Please contact our office at student.accounts@acadiau.ca. If we cannot agree on your eligibility for the Bursary, please contact the NS Student Financial Assistance Office at the Department of Education (902-424-8420 in metro Halifax or 1-800-565-8420, toll-free in Canada). The Department of Education will confirm whether you are eligible for the Bursary, and if so, will advise us to credit your account accordingly.

What if I am in my second (or third or fourth or fifth…) year of studies at a Nova Scotian university?

Although I came here from another province (or country), I have lived here more than a year.  I even have a Nova Scotia driver’s licence. Why am I not considered a Nova Scotia student?

To be considered a Nova Scotia student, you must have been living in Nova Scotia when you applied for admission to Acadia University. For more details, see the earlier definition of a Nova Scotia student.

I am taking non-credit courses at university. Will I receive the Bursary?

Only credit programs qualify for the Bursary funding.

I am a Nova Scotian student registered and paying tuition at a Nova Scotia university but I am studying abroad. Will I qualify for the Bursary?

Yes.

I am a full-time student at one university and I have a letter of permission to take a course at another university. Will I receive the Bursary from each university?

This will depend on where you are paying tuition fees. The institution to which you pay tuition fees will issue you the Bursary.

Will the Bursary affect my income tax?

Since the NS University Student Bursary is bursary income, it must be reported by the University on a T4A form (if the total T4A income for an individual exceeds $500).  It may or may not be taxable to you based on your circumstances.

Tuition Waiver

Acadia University employees and their dependents qualify for tuition discounts or waivers. Dependent and Staff tuition waiver forms may be downloaded from the Human Resources website. The form must be signed by the staff member, dependent, and HR before it can be processed by the Student Accounts office.

Documents can only be processed for the term that was applied for. Fall term discounts must be received prior to December 15th each year to be included in the current year’s income tax documents.

Assistant varsity coach tuition waivers may be obtained from the Department of Varsity Athletics.

FAQ - Why can’t I pay with my credit card?

Acadia University discontinued the use of credit cards for student accounts (tuition and related fees) effective May 1, 2017.

Acadia University was the last university in Nova Scotia to discontinue the use of credit cards for tuition and related fees. This change aligns Acadia with industry standards and best practices. This measure is also in response to increasing Data Security Standards compliance and their related costs.