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Asked by: Ajay
Question: I don't understand how the whole credit system works in the tuition and fees. How do I know what I will be paying for and how much I am paying?

Answered by: Emma
Answer: Hi Ajay, This is a hard question for me to answer because tuition and fees are different for each students situation. 3 credit hours usually add up to 1 class. You need 120 credit hours to complete most programs. Many students take 5 classes each term, or 15 credit hours a term, adding up to 30 a year. In order to be considered full time you must take atleast 9 credit hours or 3 classes per fall and winter semester. To complete a degree you must not only complete these 120 credit hours, but you must also make sure to complete the requirements for your degree (I.e. bachelor of science) and your major if applicable (i.e. Biology). I hope this clarifies a bit. I recommend that you contact an academic advisor in your preferred area of study and go in to speak to them about the credit system and your specific program. This will give you a better idea of what you are paying for based on how many courses you take at a time. There are also fees based on your status of full or part-time above and beyond the tuition/course related fees. These fees ensure that you have access to everything you need during your stay at Saint Mary's. Here is a link to the tuition calculator that provides you a good estimate of your fees http://www.smu.ca/academics/undergraduate-tuition-calculator.html. Residence and meal plans are another thing to think about here if applicable. Once you sign up for courses and everything is arranged the amount that you owe is always available on your Self Service Banner so that you can always view your charges and payments.
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