Tuition Fee Exceptions

Students not considered citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to pay domestic tuition fees based on current immigration status. This may apply to students in the following group(s). Required documents must be provided to verify eligibility for a revised fee assessment.

Students are encouraged to provide this information prior to accepting an offer of admission or before timetable selection opens. International fees apply if these requirements are not met.

Refugee Claimants are subject to international tuition and fees. Refugee Claimants should apply to Mohawk College as an International Student. Visit the Applying to Mohawk as an International Student web page for details on the application process. Exceptions can only be made once a student obtains a Notice of Decision which would indicate their new status as either a Protected Person or Convention Refugee, or other eligible Status in Canada. A student is responsible for bringing forward the necessary documents if and when received.

Timelines for submitting documents: A change in status is not retroactive to fees assessed or paid for previous terms of study. The deadline to adjust fees for the current term is day 10 of each term (last day to add and drop courses) as per the Academic and Important Dates for each term. Some programs may follow an exception calendar with a different deadline. Changes made after this date will apply to future terms only.

Questions? Complete the Email Admissions form if you have any questions regarding your application or document submission. Ensure you include your MohawkID (Student Number) or OCAS Application Number, and program of study when submitting the form.

Group Description Required Documents
Protected Persons (Convention Refugee)

A person who has been determined to be a protected person, including a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection, within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada.

A student eligible to be exempted from international fees is required to present a protected person status document issued under section 31(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a Notice of Decision.


OSAP APPLICANTS: Documents provided in support of your OSAP application are confidential and cannot be shared. Your Notice of Decision must be provided separately from OSAP or Financial Assistance.

  1. Passport
  2. Notice of Decision issued by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
Permanent Resident A permanent resident as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. A person who has been granted “permanent resident” status and has not had that status revoked OR a person who has met all the preliminary requirements for permanent resident status and presents a copy of the letter which confirms that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has accepted his or her application for permanent resident status. This includes someone who is the spouse, common-law partner, or dependent of a permanent resident. Applicants may be required to present:
  1. Passport
  2. Approval letter or PR card