Process for Tuition Refunds for New International Students in Fall 2020


For new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2020 semester, we recognize that there may be some additional challenges when getting a study permit. During the current situation with COVID-19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has closed many of its Visa Application Centres (VACs) or some may be open and operating in a very limited capacity. This has resulted in study permit application processing delays. 

International students do not need a study permit to legally start a program from outside of Canada; however, you will need one to begin studying in Canada once you are able to travel. We strongly recommend that you begin your study permit application process as soon as you can. As stated by IRCC, having a valid study permit or study permit approval will also help ensure that your online studies will count toward your Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility. 

For the Fall 2020 semester, York has some additional support for new international students who receive a study permit refusal. If your study permit application is unsuccessful , you can book an appointment with one of our immigration specialists at York International, or, for Schulich students only, through Schulich School of Business International Relations , to help you with a second application submission. If your application is still refused, you will be eligible for a tuition refund if you apply by the deadline. 


New international students beginning studies in the Fall 2020 semester.


Term Last day for full refund 50% course fee withheld
Fall November 6, 2020 December 8, 2020
Full Year February 5, 2021 April 12, 2021




How to Apply

Apply for your initial study permit. If you would like support or help reviewing your completed application, book an appointment with one of our International Student Advisors via the York International Website.

  1. If your application is denied, book an appointment with one of our International Student Advisors via the York International Website, or, for Schulich students only, with Schulich School of Business International Relations. They will help you review your application for resubmission. 
  2. If you receive a study permit refusal again and do not wish to submit another application, you can choose to apply for a tuition refund. 
  3. Fill out and submit the Request Form (available soon), uploading copies of both of your refusal letters from IRCC. 
  4. You will receive a notification once your Request Form has been received and approved or denied. 

Check back here for the Request Form after July 15, 2020.

When to expect your tuition refund

Student Financial Services will process refunds at two points in the Fall 2020 semester, after each deadline listed above.  You will receive notification from the University by email once your refund has been processed.  Please allow 3 to 4 weeks from the application deadlines listed above for processing.