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Fees Categories

There are two different tuition fee rates for Ryerson University students:

  1. The Domestic Fee Rate for students who are: Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or those who are specifically exempted by government regulation from the International Fee Rate (full definitions listed below)
  2. The International Fee Rate for all other students that do not fall within the Domestic Fee Rate or cannot provide documentation eligible for international fee exemption

Students declare their immigration status upon applying to the university, and may be required to present documentation of their immigration status at any point while enrolled at Ryerson University.

Students whose immigration status changes while enrolled at Ryerson University, may be eligible to update their fee rate. See below for information on applicable Domestic Fee Rate categories, update instructions and deadlines.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our service options may be modified. Fee rate update requests can be submitted by current students using the Fee Rate Submission Form, external link, opens in new window. Newly admitted applicants will have access to the form by early August. 

If you are a prospective student or have questions about fee rate changes, please send your questions through the google formServiceHub help form, external link, opens in new window.

Deadline Dates

The deadline dates to update your immigration status with Ryerson University and to have your fees revised to reflect the updated fee rate are:

  • Fall term: October 31
  • Winter term: January 31
  • Spring/summer term: June 25

We recommend submitting supporting documentation well before deadline dates, in case additional documentation is required after review. It is not possible under any circumstances to retroactively change your fee rate once the deadline has passed.

Supporting Documentation

Students requesting fee rate updates, must submit the following:

  • Photo ID for student (Ryerson OneCard, passport, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Official documentation supporting fee rate exemption
  • Official documentation supporting dependency status, if applicable

See Domestic Fee Rate Eligibility for acceptable supporting documentation. Original documents are required; photocopied documents are considered ‘unofficial’ and will not be accepted. Copies of the documentation submitted will be retained for your student record.

Submission Instructions

Supporting documentation must be submitted to the ServiceHub by the applicable deadline date for the term.

Documentation will be reviewed within five business days of submission. Upon review, you will receive an email confirming the status of your request.

Applicants to the Yeates School of Graduate Studies programs should submit supporting documentation directly to Graduate Admissions.

The following categories are eligible for the Domestic Fee Rate. Eligibility will be confirmed after review of official supporting documentation by the Registrar’s Office.

For further information or clarification on categories or supporting documentation, contact the ServiceHub.



Supporting Documentation

Canadian Citizen, or dependent thereof

A citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act

Valid Canadian passport, citizenship certificate or card, Certificate of Indian Status, birth certificate, OR naturalization certificate

Permanent Resident, or dependent thereof

A permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration Act, 1976

A person who has been granted permanent resident status; or who has received official confirmation that they have met "all the preliminary requirements" for permanent residency status.

Permanent Resident Card, OR confirmation of permanent residence document from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) signed by an immigration official

Work Permit holder, or dependent thereof

A person who has been issued a work permit allowing them to work and remain in Canada. See exclusions below.

Valid work permit. See exclusions below for full details.

Convention Refugee, or dependent thereof

A person who has been admitted and officially recognized as a Convention Refugee within the Immigration Act 1976 – Official document from Refugee Protection Division.

Notice of Decision issued by Immigration and Refugee Board

Note: Claimants in the application stage are ineligible for domestic fee rate.

Person with diplomatic status, or dependent thereof

Admitted to Canada with official accreditation from the Canadian Government who is in Canada to carry out official duties as a diplomatic or consular official.

Passport with proof of diplomatic status, diplomatic status card, official letter from head of the diplomatic station, OR official letter from the United Nations.

Protected Person, or dependent there

A person deemed to be a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Valid Official Protected Person Status Document

Note: Claimants in the application stage are ineligible for domestic fee rate.

Work Permits

Visitors with the following types of Work Permits, and their dependents, are not eligible for the Domestic Fee Rate:

  1. A visitor who is a graduate teaching assistant
  2. An international student holding a work permit to complete his/her co-op, internship or medical residency employment
  3. An international student holding an open work permit for post-graduate work;
  4. An international student whose spouse or common-law partner has received a work permit as a result of the international student holding a valid Study Perm
  5. An international student holding an "Off-Campus Work Permit"


Dependents of a person eligible for the Domestic Fee Rate must provide official documentation supporting proof of dependency/relationship.



Supporting Documentation


Persons who are married

Marriage certificate

Common-law partner

Living together in a conjugal relationship for not less than three years, or living together in a conjugal relationship and are raising any children of whom they both are the natural or adoptive parent.

Affidavit signed by both spouses, confirming that they meet the status of a common-law partner

Dependent child, or dependant child of a dependent child

A child who is a biological child who has not been adopted by a person other than the spouse or common-law partner, or an adopted child; and who is in one of the following situations of dependency:

  • under age 22 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner
  • enrolled continuously at a college, university or other educational institution and dependent substantially on the financial support of the parent since before age 22 or since becoming a spouse or common-law partner if that occurred before age 22
  • a person with a disability who has been financially supported substantially by his or her parents, and who is unable to be self-supporting because of the disability

Birth certificate (long form), adoption certificate, OR family certificate (available in some jurisdictions)

The following students are ineligible for the Domestic Fee Rate, and will be charged at the International Fee Rate:

  • Students who are contacted by the Registrar's Office and do not present proof of immigration status documentation as requested.
  • Individuals with a Student Visa, or other non-exempt type of Visa/Permit.
  • Refugee or protected person claimants while in the application stage, and prior to the receipt of an official written response of the final decision.
  • Individuals who cannot provide proof of immigration status or exemption under the Domestic Fee Rate categories listed above.
  • Students who provide proof of immigration status or exemption after the deadline date for the term.

Additional information on immigration categories is available from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, external link, opens in new window.