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Deadlines and renewals

What are the deadlines to apply for an international fee exemption?

Study period Deadline
Fall-Winter November 1
Winter only February 1
Spring June 2
Summer July 24


  1. A tuition adjustment will take place in the study period that an international fee exemption has been approved. Retroactive fee changes for previous study periods will not be granted.
  2. Exceptions to deadlines are not permitted.

How do I renew my international fee exemption status?

You are required to maintain your international fee exemption status while studying at the university by submitting updated supporting documentation to before your status expires. Please label your files with your name and student number. Combine all files into one PDF.

Should your international fee exemption status change mid-way through one of the study periods, you must obtain an extension prior to the beginning of your next study period. Failure to do so will result in a return to international fees in all future study periods. You may also be required to prove your status at the request of the university any time during your studies.

Note: If your exemption status has changed as a result of circumstances beyond your control (e.g., you are the dependent of a diplomat whose parent is reassigned to another country), you may be able to continue your studies with an international fee exemption status until the completion of your program. This extension will not apply to future programs or degrees following the completion of your current program or degree. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies via for more information about extending your international fee exemption status.