Fees, Cost and Scholarships for Boarding Students

Three graduates from SMUS

Boarding graduates are significantly better prepared for university

The Value of Boarding School

We believe that boarding school is an investment – shaping character and teaching work habits, lessons and practices that are invaluable in later life. It’s no exaggeration to say that kids that go to boarding school are much better prepared for the rigours of university education and independent living – a fact to which many of our graduates attest.

I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today if it was not for my journey at St. Michaels University School. This school, and its boarding system, shaped me into the mature, organized, well-rounded individual I am today. I started boarding in Grade 8 and it was an amazing experience. During my time as a boarder I made friendships that will last a lifetime and the experience as a whole brought me a level of maturity that allowed me to thrive in university.
Shade (studying BCom at McGill University)

This was backed up by a wide ranging survey by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), which found (among other things - see the full TABS report) that:

  • 87% of boarding graduates said they felt prepared academically for higher education compared to 71% at day private schools and 39% of public school students.
  • And on the non-academic side, 78% of boarding graduates said they felt better prepared for the social aspects of university compared to 36% of day private students and just 23% of public school students.

Many of our families recognize that a boarding education is so valuable to academic success, higher learning and life that they will make financial adjustments. This is especially true when strong students find high-quality education lacking in their hometowns.

Michael describes why he chose boarding at SMUSI chose boarding school for the experience. I come from a really small town and the school there is really small, and SMUS has given me the experience of university – coming to a big school, and living here, away from home.

Who goes to Boarding School?

Boarding schools are not exclusive to the super-rich; many students at SMUS are on financial assistance or have been awarded one of our boarding scholarships. Last year, more than 20% of the student body received financial assistance.

In fact many of our families have an annual household income of less than $100,000.

Not Sure? Let’s Talk...

If you are interested in boarding school, we encourage you to contact us to talk about the financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available.

More information about fees, scholarships and financial assistance:

The fee information on this page is for Boarding programs at SMUS. See the Day fees page for further information about students attending as Day students.

St. Michaels University School provides students with an enriched education, including many extracurricular activities. We are equally committed to maintaining accessibility as well as welcoming an exceptional and diverse student body.

The cost of a SMUS education varies by the location of the primary residence, as do the options for paying your fees.

Boarding Fees (2020-21)

BC Boarding Students

Grades 8-12 $54,850

North American Boarding Students

Grades 8-12 $60,440

International Boarding Students

Grades 8-12 $71,770

Language Learning Supplement (LLS)*

LLS Grades 9-10 + $11,000
LLS Grades 11-12 + $5,000

*The Language Learning Supplement is an additional fee for students receiving specialist English Language Learning (ELL) support.

Payment Plans

Boarding and day students who pay North American or BC fees are able to elect from three payment plans:

  • Pay in full
  • Twice per year
  • A monthly plan over 10 months

Payment Options

You can pay tuition fees using a variety of payment methods including bank transfer and major credit cards, as well as personal cheques, pre-authorized transfer and cash. Further information will be provided at the time you are invoiced.

What Fees Cover

The Boarding fee includes living on campus, meals and tuition fees. The fees cover 10 months of instruction, textbooks and transportation costs for SMUS athletic teams, music groups and other clubs.

Sibling Discount

All categories of fees are eligible for a 5% discount off tuition for each additional child that attends SMUS when you have one child already registered for the same year.

Our sibling discount appeal: if you are comfortable meeting the financial obligations of tuition without the 5% sibling discount, SMUS asks you to consider donating that 5% to our annual fund in exchange for a tax receipt (in Canada, the US and Britain) to support our campaign to build our endowment and make SMUS more affordable for all families.

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Boarding at SMUS ViewbookThe Senior School viewbook provides an overview of the SMUS experience.

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If you live in North America you can also request an information package in the mail.

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