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Financial Assistance, Awards and Student Fees

  • Many awards are administered in Fall and students are strongly encouraged to apply to them.
  • If you have not done so already, please create an AwardSpring, external link profile to explore funding opportunities available through Ryerson. For more details on how to apply via AwardSpring, visit our Awards and Scholarships website to view our AwardSpring Student Guide, external link.
  • Ryerson’s Career Boost Program: Ryerson’s employment program, Career Boost, is a great opportunity for eligible full-time undergraduate students to secure part-time employment with Ryerson. Please visit the Career Boost website for information on eligibility, application deadlines, and job opportunities. Need help with resumes and interviewing? The Career & Co-op Centre is happy to support!
  • Career Boost International: The Career Boost International program is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate international students interested in securing part-time employment with Ryerson. Please visit the Career & Co-Op Centre website for information on eligibility, application deadlines, and job opportunities.
  • Career Boost Graduate: We are pleased to announce the launch of the Career Boost Graduate program for the fall 2020/winter 2021 academic year! More information on eligibility and application deadlines will be available in early October on the Student Financial Assistance website.
  • The Student Financial Assistance office hosted a Town Hall on COVID-19 financial supports for students. Please review the recording of the Town Hall to get more information.
  • "Direct result of COVID-19" is defined as being personally ill with COVID-19, forced self-quarantine due to travel or having been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or caring for an immediate family member with COVID-19.
  • Depending on your situation, there may be certain appeals that can be submitted to minimize negative impacts to your OSAP application and funding. You can contact Student Financial Assistance to go over your situation and what options are available to you.
  • The Student Financial Assistance office hosted a Town Hall on COVID-19 financial supports for students. Please review the recording of the Town Hall to get more information.

  • Yes. Refunds are processed within 15 business days and will be sent to you via cheque to your mailing address listed on your RAMSS Student Centre. If you need to update your mailing address, please visit the RAMSS Support website for instructions.
  • As outlined on the OSAP website, external link, the Ministry is temporarily deferring loan payments and interest accrual for OSAP borrowers from March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Deferrals of loan payments and interest accrual are automatic.
  • During this deferral, payments will not be withdrawn from your account if you are on pre-authorized debit. If you make payments through online banking or cheque, you are not required to send in payments due during this period.
  • You can still make one-time payments online if you want to repay your loan faster. Payments during this period will go entirely towards your loan principal.
  • The Federal government has doubled all federal grants part of the OSAP assessment for the 2020/21 academic year, and has increased the weekly loan limit to $350 from $210 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • If you have been directly impacted by COVID-19* and as a result have had your academic and/or financial situation change (e.g. cancelled or shortened international exchange, co-op, or internship; failed a course, etc.), please contact the Student Financial Assistance department to see how your situation impacts your OSAP.
  • The Student Financial Assistance office hosted a Town Hall on COVID-19 financial supports for students. Please review the recording of the Town Hall to get more information.
  • More information can be found on the COVID-19 supports Student Financial Assistance website.

*"Directly impacted by COVID-19" is defined as being personally ill with COVID-19, forced self-quarantine due to travel or having been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or caring for an immediate family member with COVID-19.

  • Many awards are administered in Fall. Students are encouraged to apply for awards by creating a profile and completing any additional application steps in AwardSpring, external link.

Important Information for OSAP Recipients:

You are required to declare CESB/CERB earnings as “other income”on your OSAP application if you are receiving CERB/CESB during your OSAP study period and are earning more than $5,600 in total income in a single semester. For example, if you are receiving full-time OSAP from September 2020 to April 2021, and you are receiving a CERB installment in September for $2,000, and also started a part-time job in October 2020, earning $5,000 before the end of December, you are required to declare your earnings.

To update your application, please scan and upload, external link, opens in new window a letter to your OSAP account, external link, opens in new window using the “optional/other uploads” button on your Required Documents page including the following information:

  1. Your full name, Ryerson Student Number, and the date
  2. The amount of CESB/CERB received during your study period and the period during which you are receiving these payments, e.g. $2,000 from CESB/CERB in September 2020 
    • Upload your letter through your online OSAP account using the "Optional uploads" link on the Required Documents page. Your OSAP funding will be recalculated based on the updated income information.
  • Yes. The university paused the application of late fees on outstanding balances starting in May. Students will be notified when these will be resumed.
  • Yes. Student account collection activity is currently on hold. The university will provide updated information on when collections activity will restart in this Q & A and students are advised to check this site for updates frequently. Students are encouraged to pay what they can against their past due balances to lessen their future financial burden.

The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from an undergraduate or graduate program with a full refund is Friday, September 18, 2020.

The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from an undergraduate or graduate program with a 50% refund has been extended to Friday, October 16, 2020.

The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 Chang School course with a 75% refund has been extended to Friday, October 16, 2020.

For international students whose Study Permits are declined, the deadline for withdrawing from an undergraduate or graduate program with a full refund is Friday, October 16, 2020. Students seeking a tuition refund must complete the google formInternational Student Tuition Refund Request Google Form, external link, opens in new window by October 16, 2020.  

For official and complete lists of important dates, academic deadlines and refund deadlines please see:

Tuition and Fees during COVID-19 Explained

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryerson University will be using a hybrid approach for the delivery of courses for Fall 2020. We recognize that students may be wondering how virtual program and academic delivery will impact their tuition and fees this coming semester. Ryerson is focused on supporting students through this difficult time. This means that current tuition and fees will be maintained for Fall 2020, while we invest in providing exceptional education and resources for all of our students, and in providing additional financial assistance for our students who need it most.

We have reviewed all mandatory and course based fees where services have been reduced or eliminated due to the current COVID-19 situation. Full details on course-based fees are available on the website of the Registrar.

The following are the most frequently asked questions we have received from the community regarding tuition and fees:

  • No. Virtual instruction requires the same number of instructors and student support staff and requires additional resources to support rapidly changing pedagogical and technological needs.
  • Teaching and Learning at Ryerson in the fall will be more than Zoom lectures. We intend to offer a hybrid of in-person and online opportunities for students, within the parameters of public health advice. An overview of how classes will be offered by faculty is available in the Information for new students - Fall 2020 learning news release. The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, as well as faculty deans, are working closely with departments to ensure that remote learning for students is engaging and high-quality. For example, the Teaching Centre is offering a variety of workshops for faculty on how best to facilitate collaborative discussions, creative assessments and experiential projects through various types of technology.
  • Additionally, we know that university is about more than what happens in the classroom. We anticipate that students will have increased need for social interaction, learning support and mental health support. That is why we have moved most of our support services online, and invested in enhanced services for students, such as a partnership with Keep.Me-Safe, a 24/7 counselling resource for all community members.
  • Tuition supports all aspects of your academic experience, both in and outside the classroom, from instruction and research in faculties, to the support services that ensure students can be successful during their time here.
  • Tuition also directly supports student financial assistance, which has taken on an increased importance during this time.
  • The university’s regular expenses have not changed due to the pandemic. Much of the teaching, learning and instruction that students would normally receive if they were on campus continue to be available remotely. A list of services available remotely can be found on the Campus Status page.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has incurred almost $10M in additional costs dealing with immediate challenges prior to May, with more expected in the upcoming year. For example:
    • supporting the safe return of our students, faculty and staff on placements around the world; providing more than $3 million in Student Relief Funds to more than 4,000 students;
    • offering additional bursaries through Ryerson’s departmental discretionary accounts, as well as distributing specific relief funds across various faculties through the Student Awards and Scholarships Office representing an additional financial commitment of almost $2 million;
    • investing more than $250,000 to expand the Library’s laptop lending program and to offer wifi hotspot lending to ensure that students in need had the technology and connectivity required to complete coursework; and
    • partnering with keep.meSAFE, an external provider of virtual counselling, mental health and crisis management services for all students.
  • Ancillary fees support numerous services, organizations, and activities across the Ryerson campus.
    • Non-Tuition or Mandatory Ancillary Fees are charged to all students, and support services that enhance campus life and student success, such as Student Learning Support or the Career Centre. All fees have been voted on by students through referenda and support a range of university services as well as other student organizations like the RSU/EyeOpener and CJRU.  Over the last several months, these services have moved online and will continue to be available to students.
    • Departmental/Program & Lab Ancillary Fees are charged at the course level, and pay for activities like field trips, learning materials, and experiential education. Ryerson has revised some of these fees to ensure that in instances where items will not be offered due to COVID-19, these fees will not be charged. All departmental & course fees are available on the Undergraduate Fees by Program page.
  • A full overview of all ancillary fees and how they are used can be found on the Ancillary Fee Descriptions page.
  • Services funded by mandatory ancillary fees will continue to be available for student use throughout the pandemic even if it is provided in a different way. For students who have particularly acute academic, wellbeing, workplace or other needs, the continued availability of these services can be critical to success at Ryerson and after graduation.
  • In addition, the university is providing additional resources into our student services and supports in response to COVID-19, so that all students can continue to access the support they need at this difficult time. Details on these investments can be found on the Overview of Financial Support Available to Students page.
  • These fees also allow the university to continue to maintain buildings during this time, so they are safe, clean and ready to open when public health advice allows. Though facility use may look different than a normal year, we are investigating all appropriate strategies to ensure that buildings like the MAC and RAC are available to students in some capacity this year. This will require additional measures and investments to ensure student safety.
  • In the meantime, online fitness classes are available to students, and we will continue to offer and expand these offerings in the fall.
  • Fee amounts charged by the Ryerson Students’ Union or other student associations are the responsibility of those organizations and are not controlled by the university.
  • Our focus is on providing access to education. That is why Ryerson has prioritized making funds available to students in greatest financial need through numerous bursaries.
  • To date, the university has been able to distribute over $5M directly to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through various bursary programs. Students can find more information about what additional financial assistance opportunities are available above on this page.
  • The Canadian federal government continues to announce numerous financial supports specifically for students facing reduced work hours, unemployment or other financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. On April 22, the government announced several supports for students that will help students offset educational costs, including doubling the amount of non-repayable grant funding available in student aid packages. Further, many students were eligible for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), which will provide between $1,250 and $1,750. The federal government has also increased federal grant and loan amounts for OSAP and out-of-province student funding. Full details of the government’s offerings are available on the Student Financial Assistance COVID-19 supports page.