Key changes to tuition fee payment and deposits

Niagara College no longer charges $50.00 deferral fees or installment charges.

Niagara College previously had different deposit amounts for OSAP, non-OSAP, and RESP students. All students now pay a consistent $500.00 deposit once per year.

Full fee due dates have moved later in the cycle, allowing students more time to pay and ensuring OSAP applicants have an opportunity to access those funds in time for full fee payment due dates.

  • What is the amount of my non-refundable deposit?
    $500.00 for all students. Niagara will consider a sponsorship letter to hold your seat in your program. This includes Second Career and WSIB students.
  • What happens if I withdraw?
    Students/applicants may withdraw from the college at any time, but there are varying impacts depending on date withdrawn. Withdrawing before fees are due, by the 10th day of class, and before the 10th week of class have different impacts on refunds and grades. Please check with the Registrar Office and see Refunds and Withdrawals.
  • What will be the amount of my refund?
    Students withdrawing before the 10th day of class will receive a full refund of tuition and ancillary fees less the $500.00 non-refundable deposit. Students withdrawing after the 10th day of classes will have no refund for the current term. Payments towards future terms will be refunded in full.
  • How does this impact me if I am receiving OSAP?
    OSAP students now have more time to pay full fees with no deferral charges for paying later in the term. However, OSAP students are required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit to guarantee their seat in their program.
  • How does this impact me if I am a student sponsored by another agency?
    Niagara College will consider a sponsorship letter to hold your seat in your program. However, that sponsorship letter must be received by June 15.
  • What are my choices for payment method?
    Please see fee payment options.

Why are these changes taking place?

The tuition fee framework from the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities has changed in 2015-16, eliminating deferral fees and installment charges, as well as changing the dates colleges may request full fees. It has also changed the expectations for the commitment to Colleges in the form of the non-refundable deposit.

What if I am having difficulty with making the tuition deposit amount on time?

In developing the Ministry policy, OSAP representatives and student representatives were part of the taskforce helping develop the policy. OSAP funding is designed as a supplement and the OSAP program includes an expected financial contribution from students: http://www.ontario.ca/education-and-training/osap-definitions. Students unable to meet the payment deadlines and/or amount will be considered individually. Students with exceptional circumstances (Crown Ward, Ontario Works, other exceptions) may have alternative options.

When did this change?

The framework is effective for the 2015-2016 academic year. Niagara is committed to assisting students in transitioning in the new framework, and will continue to post updates to this site.

How are international students impacted?

International students have different payment guidelines including due dates and amounts required. Please check niagaracollege.ca/international for details.

What does this mean for a student starting in January or May?

Please refer to the fee due date tables for impacts to January and May start programs.

Is this a Niagara College change only?

No. This new tuition framework affects all colleges and the interpretation of the Ministry Policy is largely consistent across the province.