International fee exemptions

International students eligible for Quebec tuition rates

Quebec's Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST) has several categories of international students who are exempt from paying international differential tuition fees.

Deadline to apply

The last day of classes in each term is the deadline for you to requesting an exemption and submitting all supporting documents. Requests that are incomplete at the end of the term or are submitted after the term may not be processed for that term. There is no retroactivity.

Who can claim exemptions

The following international students may be exempt from international differential tuition fees:
 
  1. Diplomats, consular personnel, accredited representatives or civil servants of a foreign country, the United Nations or one of its organizations, an intergovernmental organization to which Canada belongs, and any member of the staff of the above-listed persons working in Canada in an official capacity and who have obtained an attestation issued by "le Protocole"  (Gouvernement du Québec)
    • This attestation is valid for one academic year and must be renewed each year the student attends university;
       
  2. The spouse and unmarried children of the above-listed persons;
     
  3. International students whose spouse or parents hold certain categories of work permits valid for working in Quebec. For further details and verification, please contact the Office of the Registrar, Room, LB 700, 514-848-2424 ext. 2650 or 2686;
     
  4. Students who are registered at a university and who have come to Quebec as an exchange student, or as a student participating in a program of cooperation agreed to by the Government of Quebec and which exempts the participants from paying differential fees;
     
  5. Students who are French Citizens (accord France-Québec) provided that the last place of residence has not been in another province in Canada;
     
  6. Students admitted to a Quebec university and whose country has a fee remission agreement with the Quebec Government. Please consult the following Ministry WEB site for a list of eligible countries and international organizations.

    Inquiries and applications for an exemption should be made directly to the students’ own Ministry of Education prior to leaving their home country. In some cases, when the person is in Canada, it may be possible to apply for an exemption at his or her Embassy or Consulate in Canada or in the United States. For up to date contact information from the different eligible countries, please consult the following Ministry WEB site;
     
  7. Students who work for, or who are dependants of individuals employed by one of the international non-governmental organizations outlined in Annexe III of the Politique relative aux droits de scolarité exigés des étudiants étrangers par les universités du Québec
     
  8. Under certain conditions, students who have obtained Convention Refugee status may be eligible for an exemption from the differential fees for International students. Depending on the documentation submitted, they may be eligible to pay either the Quebec tuition rate or the Canadian non-Quebec rate. To pay the Quebec tuition rate, students must submit a CSQ and a document delivered by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or Citizenship and Immigration Canada formally recognizing their status of refugee, "protected person" or "person to be protected".
     
  9. Students who are authorized to submit a request for permanent residency status from within Canada and have a certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) belonging to one of the following categories:
     
    • Regroupement familial (family reunification)
    • Travailleur: Aide-familiale résidente (live-in caregiver)
    • Membres de la famille d’un réfugié (members of the family of a refugee)
    • Cas humanitaire (humanitarian reasons)

     

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