Request a Refund / Electronic Funds Transfer

York University routinely processes account credit refunds three times a year: November, March and July. If you have a credit balance on your student account, we have simplified the process using electronic transfer of funds (direct deposit to your bank account).

Why might I get a refund from York University?

If you have paid all fees and charges owing to the University and a credit balance remains on your student account, you may be eligible for a refund.

You may be entitled to or eligible for a refund if:

  • you dropped a course (or courses) before the drop deadline and there were no other charges outstanding on your account (review the current refund table for your Faculty/program).
  • you are a scholarship or bursary recipient and your award exceeds the amount of your fees and other charges to your account.

Please note: The refund table does not apply to programs within the York English Language Institute (YUELI), including the YU Bridge program. For those refund schedules, please review YUELI's Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policies and Procedures.


If you are an OSAP recipient and drop courses after receiving your funds, a financial credit may appear on your student account. Prior to issuing any refund, the university is required by The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to reasses your OSAP record to determine if some or all of the course(s) refund should be applied to your outstanding student loan through your lending institution or can be refunded directly to you. You will receive notification from Student Financial Services if your course(s) refund is being applied to your loan.

When can I get my refund?

Refunds are automatically processed by Student Accounts in November, March and July. You may request a refund outside of those dates if:

  • you have graduated and have a credit balance on your student account; or
  • you have withdrawn from the University and have a credit balance on your student account.

If you are eligible to request a refund ahead of the regular refund issue date (in November, March or July), use this link to request your refund.

How do I receive my refund?

In order to receive your refund, you must sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit) and provide us with your banking information.

Please note: The process for setting up direct deposit for your student account payments is separate from any payroll deposits you might receive from York (for example, through Work/Study or graduate student employment).

Follow the step-by-step instructions in the Electronic Funds Transfer tool to provide York with your banking information and allow us to set up direct deposit of your refund(s). Please allow ten (10) business days for us to confirm your banking information.

Once you have initiated direct deposit, you can request a refund of your account credit balance. Please allow five (5) business days for your request to be processed.

If your banking information changes, immediately re-visit the Electronic Funds Transfer setup tool to update your information.

Use this link to set up your banking information for the first time, or update your record if there is a change to your banking information.

For assistance with Electronic Funds Transfer, check the Frequently Asked Questions.