Waivers and Payments by a Third Party (External Agency)

Academic Fee Waivers for York Employees or Dependents

Eligible York University employees and/or their dependents may have all or part of their academic fees waived at the regular domestic fee rate for York University degree-credit courses. To determine eligibility for fee waivers, contact the Pension and Benefits Office within Human Resources and Employee Relations, located in the Kinsman Building (telephone 416-736-5005, email: askpb@yorku.ca).

Note: Courses or programs taken through any of the following are not covered by the Tuition Waiver

  • School of Continuing Studies
  • Schulich School of Business Executive Education Centre
  • Kellogg Schulich Executive MBA

For more information about fees, visit our Fees page.

The waiver applies to academic fees only. Students are responsible for any additional charges including interest charges, student health and dental plans, course materials fees, etc.

Academic Fee Waivers for Senior Citizens

Academic fees at the domestic rate will be waived for all Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 60 years of age or older by:

  • May 1, for registration in the summer session; or
  • September 1, for registration in the fall/winter session (including winter term courses, which are part of the fall/winter session).

This applies whether a student is registered in a degree course, as a visiting student or as an auditor. The fee waiver is capped for senior citizens to the level of tuition fees assigned to domestic, non-professional undergraduate or graduate arts, science and other programs as defined in the tuition fee guidelines from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The tuition fee waiver for an eligible senior citizen is restricted to a maximum of one (1) undergraduate and one (1) graduate degree.

You do not need to apply for this benefit. It is granted automatically and the credit is applied to your student account. Fee waivers are considered by the government as a taxable benefit. The appropriate tax forms from York will be available on the Tax Forms page by February 28 each year.

Eligible senior citizen tuition waiver students are required to pay all other fees attached to a course or program, or required during the process of registration (including centrally collected ancillary fees, fees approved by student referenda, material fees, financial penalties, etc.).

Grandparenting Provision: All students in mid-program, up to and including those enrolled in summer 2009, will be grandparented until the completion of the degree in which they are currently enrolled, as long as they have maintained continuous registration.

Fees Paid by an External Sponsorship or Employer

If your tuition fees are being paid directly to the University by an external sponsor (e.g., government agencies, embassy, etc.), there are two service options:

  1. Students can provide transaction lists to sponsors for their review and payment directly to York. There is no cost for this option.
  2. York University can review the transactions and send a statement of balance owing to the sponsor. A processing fee of $150 will be assessed for this option, and the charge will appear on the Student Account Online Statement.

First Nations students should contact the Center for Aboriginal Student Services for information on sponsorship through First Nations bands.

Note to new students:

If your tuition fees are being paid directly to the University by an external sponsor (e.g., First Nations government, embassy, etc.), you must pay the registration deposit to maintain your enrolment status. If you do not submit your registration deposit by the payment deadline, you will be de-enrolled from your courses and your spaces in these courses will then be made available to other students. Submit your student account transaction listing directly to your sponsor for payment.

Please note that regardless of any commitment made by a sponsor or employer to pay your fees, you are still responsible for all charges to your student account. Interest fees or other sanctions will apply if the account is not settled promptly.

Note to sponsors:

If a student has provided you with their York University statement of transactions (as described in Option 1 above), you can remit payment directly to York at no additional cost.

If you require a York University invoice, a $150 processing fee will be applied to the student account, to be paid by the sponsor, as described in Option 2 above. The charge will appear on the Student Account Online Statement and will cover the academic period September 1-August 30.