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Financial Assistance, Awards & 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. 
  • Ryerson has also recently invested $2.1 million in additional bursaries for students, which include: 
    • First Year Persistence Bursary – Students in the first year of their program with a demonstrated financial need will receive a bursary equivalent to approximately half a credit in tuition at the current undergraduate Arts & Science rate. These funds can be used towards future educational costs.  
    • New Start Bursary – Students in their final year of study who need to resolve an outstanding debt to complete their programs successfully have been made eligible for additional assistance.
    • Bursaries for Equity-Deserving Groups – Students who have self-identified through OSAP and/or AwardSpring as Black, Indigenous and/or living with a disability, and who have demonstrated financial need, will receive additional bursaries.
  • Career Boost Undergraduate Program: Full-time undergraduate students interested in securing part-time employment with Ryerson are encouraged to check out the Career Boost Undergraduate Program. Need help with resumes and interviewing? You can book an appointment with the Career & Co-op Centre!
  • Career Boost International: Full-time undergraduate and graduate international students interested in securing part-time employment with Ryerson are encouraged to check out the Career Boost International Program. Need help with resumes and interviewing? You can book an appointment with the Career & Co-Op Centre!
  • Career Boost Graduate & Law: Full-time graduate students or Faculty of Law students are encouraged to check out the Career Boost Graduate & Law Program. Need help with resumes and interviewing? You can book an appointment with the Career & Co-Op Centre!

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, detailed instructions are available on the RAMSS Support website

  • As outlined on the OSAP website, external link, from March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020, the Ministry temporarily deferred loan payments and interest did not accrue on your student loans. Any payments made during this period went entirely towards your loan principal. As of October 1, 2020, you are required to resume repaying your loan, meaning:
    • Payments were withdrawn from your account if you were on pre-authorized debit
    • If you make payments through online banking or cheque, you were required to send in payments
  • Effective April 2021, the Government of Canada has suspended the accumulation of interest on Canada Student Loans until March 31, 2022. Subject to Parliament approval, the Government of Canada has proposed to extend this measure until March 31, 2023.
    • At this time, provincial interest rates still accrue. If you are in repayment, or would like to make a payment to your student loans, please note you cannot choose to direct payment to the provincial portion of your funding. For more information on government repayment allocation rules, please contact the National Student Loans Service Centre, external link.
  • More information can be found on the student financial assistance COVID-19 supports webpage.

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 CRB/CRSB earnings as “other income”on your OSAP application if you are receiving CRB/CRSB 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 2021 to April 2022, and you are receiving a CRB and/or CRSB installment in September for $2,000, and also start 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 a letter to your OSAP account, external link 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 CRB/CRSB received during your study period and the period during which you are receiving these payments, e.g. $2,000 from CRB/CRSB in September 2021 
    • Upload your letter through your online OSAP account using the "Optional uploads" link on the Required Documents page. Your OSAP funding will be recalculated within 3 to 4 weeks from date of submission based on the updated income information.

The university paused the application of late fees on outstanding balances from May 2020 to January 2021. Late fees resumed as of February 2021 at a rate of 1.25% monthly. For more information on Ryerson’s tuition and fees policies, please visit the Tuition, Fees, and Policies webpage.

The university paused collections activities from May 2020 to January 2021. Collections activities resumed as of February 2021. Students who have a Collections Block on their account are encouraged to contact Ryerson Credit and Collections by email at collections@ryerson.ca. For more information on Ryerson’s tuition and fees policies, please visit the Tuition, Fees, and Policies webpage

The deadline for dropping a fall 2021 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from an undergraduate or graduate program with a full refund is Friday, September 17, 2021.

The deadline for dropping a fall 2021 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from an undergraduate or graduate program with a 50% refund is Friday, October 8, 2021.

Deadlines for dropping Fall 2021 Chang School courses will be announced soon.

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 2021. We will be expanding the number of on-campus courses; while many courses will continue to be offered remotely. On-campus learning will continue to be prioritized for courses that require in-person instruction or access to on-campus physical resources for students to meet their academic requirements, for example clinical instruction. 

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 2021, 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. 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 an 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, like counselling, financial assistance, and academic accommodation support.
  • 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. 
  • For 2020-21, total costs are still being finalized, and these will include:
    • bursaries for students
    • technical support and equipment for faculty and instructors to teach remotely
    • funds for the development of online course materials
    • virtual simulations for lab activities
    • the development of virtual student services and supports
    • expansion of electronic Library resources and e-books
    • increased hours for teaching assistants to assist with aspects of online course delivery such as breakout rooms and responding to questions from 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.
  • As mentioned in President Lachemi’s June 9 update, the university will be offering greater in-person experiences starting in September. This includes experiences at the Student Learning Centre, University Library, Student Life and community building, in residence, Zone Learning, and more.
  • 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. 
  • Opportunities to participate in fitness and recreational activities will continue as soon as public health direction allows. The Mattamy Athletic Centre operated successfully at several points within the 2020/21 academic year, and it is anticipated that both the MAC and the RAC will be ready to welcome students back in the fall, or sooner. 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 $7M 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. 
  • In May 2021, Ryerson invested over $2.1M in additional bursaries for those with a demonstrated need. This includes the First Year Persistence Bursary, New Start Bursary, and bursaries for Equity-Deserving Groups.
  • Effective April 2021, the Government of Canada has suspended the accumulation of interest on Canada Student Loans until March 31, 2022. Subject to Parliament approval, the Government of Canada has proposed to extend this measure until March 31, 2023.
    • At this time, provincial interest rates still accrue. If you are in repayment, or would like to make a payment to your student loans, please note you cannot choose to direct payment to the provincial portion of your funding. For more information on government repayment allocation rules, please contact the National Student Loans Service Centre, external link.