Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Students that withdraw from an academic program at Niagara College are assessed their refund based on the following calculation as determined by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Withdrawal requests must be received no later than the “Tenth (10th) Day” of the term being withdrawn from. To find out when the last day to withdraw with a refund is for a specific term, please visit the Important Dates page.

For all academic programs:

  • International Tuition fees ÷ Domestic Tuition Fees X $500 CAD
  • For English for Academic Preparation (EAP) Programs:
  • All fees – EAP Tuition Fees

Note: Students that are withdrawing as a result of a study permit or visa refusal are eligible for a full refund of less than $200 CAD administrative fee.  Proof of study permit or visa refusal is required.

** Financial refunds will take 60 – 90 days for processing, from the date that all requested documents have been received for your withdrawal from Niagara College. **

Winter 2022 Term

For all students studying in a program with on campus activities, withdrawal and deferral requests must be received by the tenth (10th) day of class as per the standard withdrawal and refund policy as shown above.

For students in fully online programs or are studying a program that is online for the first seven (7) weeks of the term, the following withdrawal and refund policy amendment applies:

*note: students studying in programs that are online for the first seven (7) weeks of class must have a valid study permit AND be in Canada no later than February 25th, 2022. Students in programs that are fully online for the entire term are required to be in Canada no later than April 29, 2022.

COVID 19 – IRCC Study Permit Processing Changes – Deferral Policy Amendment

Students that choose not to continue their studies in the Winter 2022 term due to not receiving a study permit approval may choose to defer their program to a future term provided:

  1. Your program is fully online with no on-campus activity;
  2. You have provided Niagara College with proof of a complete study permit application being submitted to IRCC on or before December 1, 2021;
  3. You officially request to defer your studies by emailing [email protected] on or before February 25, 2022.

COVID 19 – IRCC Study Permit Processing Changes – Withdrawal and Refund Policy Amendment

Students who submitted a complete study permit application on or before December 1, 2021, for the Winter 2022 Term, and then subsequently receive a refusal of their study permit, will be eligible to withdraw and apply for a full refund of their tuition and fees paid less a $200 CAD Administrative fee for the Winter 2022 term, based on all of the following:

  1. Your program is fully online with no on-campus activity;
  2. You have provided Niagara College with proof of a complete study permit application being submitted to IRCC on or before December 1, 2021, and a notice of refusal of a study permit within 30 days of IRCC issuing your refusal notification;
  3. You officially request to withdraw from your studies through the following withdrawal process on or before February 25, 2022;
  4. You have not knowingly misled or misrepresented your study permit application with fraudulent documents or had pre-existing medical conditions that would make your completed study permit application be refused.

Any 3rd party charges that have been purchased by the college on behalf of the student may also be deducted from the student’s account. If not purchased, these charges will not be deducted. In some extenuating circumstances, additional accommodations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Refunds will be processed in accordance with the Niagara College standard refund process.

*In case of refund, Niagara College does not have the authority to refund an authorized credit card purchase to someone other than the original.  cardholder. This is in line with industry standards and considered a best practice throughout the payment card industry.

**In case of refund, if you have paid by the CIBC Payment Platform, your refund will be returned directly back to the account that was used at the time of payment.

Fall 2021 Term

NOTICE:

Niagara College’s international student withdrawal and refund policy has been temporarily amended to accommodate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on IRCC study permit processing changes.

Based on the IRCC changes to Fall 2021 term study permit processing times, students that have applied for a study permit by September 14, 2021, for the fall term, are subject to the following amendment to Niagara College’s Withdrawal, Deferral, and Refund Policy.  Please note that students who apply for a withdrawal, deferral, or refund under this policy will be required to show proof that they submitted a complete application for a study permit for the Fall 2021 term no later than September 14, 2021.

To view the changes IRCC has made to study permit processing times, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html.

COVID 19 – IRCC Study Permit Processing Changes – Deferral Policy Amendment

Students that choose not to continue their studies in the Fall 2021 term due to not receiving a study permit approval may choose to defer their program to a future term provided:

  1. Your program is fully online with no on-campus activity;
  2. You have provided Niagara College with proof of a complete study permit application being submitted to IRCC on or before September 14, 2021;
  3. You officially request to defer your studies by emailing [email protected] on or before October 29th, 2021.

COVID 19 – IRCC Study Permit Processing Changes – Withdrawal and Refund Policy Amendment

Students who submitted a complete study permit application on or before September 14, 2021, for the Fall 2021 Term, and then subsequently receive a refusal of their study permit, will be eligible to withdraw and apply for a full refund of their tuition and fees paid less a $200 CAD Administrative fee for the 2021 Fall term, based on all of the following:

  1. Your program is fully online with no on-campus activity;
  2. You have provided Niagara College with proof of a complete study permit application being submitted to IRCC on or before September 14, 2021, and a notice of refusal of a study permit within 30 days of IRCC issuing your refusal notification;
  3. You officially request to withdraw from your studies through the following withdrawal process on or before October 29th, 2021;
  4. You have not knowingly misled or misrepresented your study permit application with fraudulent documents or had pre-existing medical conditions that would make your completed study permit application be refused.

Any 3rd party charges that have been purchased by the college on behalf of the student may also be deducted from the student’s account. If not purchased, these charges will not be deducted. In some extenuating circumstances, additional accommodations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Refunds will be processed in accordance with the Niagara College standard refund process.

*In case of refund, Niagara College does not have the authority to refund an authorized credit card purchase to someone other than the original.  cardholder. This is in line with industry standards and considered a best practice throughout the payment card industry.

**In case of refund, if you have paid by the CIBC Payment Platform, your refund will be returned directly back to the account that was used at the time of payment.