Supplemental tuition fee exemption


Program overview

Exemption by country

Doctoral exemption

FAQ


Program overview

Tuition fees for international students enrolled at a Québec university include basic tuition fees and a lump sum.

There is, however, a supplemental tuition fee exemption program for international students. This program exempts you from having to pay the lump sum usually required. If you obtain one of these exemptions, you will pay the same tuition as a Québec student.

Policy for Québec university tuition fees payable by international students (French only)

Categories of people who can, under certain conditions, be exempted from paying lump sums:

  • Exemption by country (MEES)
    Description and eligibility criteria
    Pursuant to agreements in place between the Government of Québec and a number of other countries, a certain number of international students who register at Université Laval may receive an exemption equal to the difference between regular international student tuition fees and Québec student tuition fees.
  • MEES/Université Laval Exemption
    Description and eligibility criteria
    Each semester, Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEES) allows Université Laval to offer international students enrolled in its graduate study programs a predetermined number of supplemental tuition fee exemption scholarships. Université Laval has expanded this exemption scholarship program for doctoral students.
  • Citizens of France
  • Personnel of a diplomatic mission, permanent mission, consular post, foreign government office, or international governmental organization.
  • Recipients of merit scholarships from the Government of Québec
  • Any person who, under the terms of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, is a refugee, protected person, or person in need of protection
  • Students registered in courses subject to exemption
  • Spouses and children of foreign nationals whose main purpose for being in Québec is to work, and who hold a work permit (type 07, 08, 20, 22, 23, or 26) issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Any person who, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, is authorized to apply for permanent residency in Canada and holds a Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ) issued according to the Act respecting immigration to Québec

Exemption by country

Pursuant to agreements in place between the Government of Québec and a number of other countries, a certain number of international students who register at Université Laval may receive an exemption equal to the difference between regular international student tuition fees and Québec student tuition fees.

International students must submit their applications to the competent authorities in their county of origin, not to Université Laval.

IMPORTANT
If you have already obtained an exemption, you must fulfill the related obligations so that it will not be revoked.

Here are the steps to follow in order to obtain such an exemption:

  1. Find out if your country of citizenship is one of the signatories to an arrangement or a bilateral agreement with Québec.
  2. Contact the authority in your country of citizenship or at the international organization that manages exemptions to find out selection criteria and to obtain an application form.
  3. Submit an application for admission to Université Laval.
  4. Forward the acceptance letter or registration attestation from your college or university, as well as the application form (Appendix II), to the relevant authority in your country of citizenship.
  5. Obtain a recommendation from your country of citizenship.
    Your country of citizenship is responsible for selecting exemption candidates. Exemption requests must be submitted by the appropriate intermediary on behalf of your country’s government. This formality must be observed.
  6. Await the notice of acceptance or refusal from the relevant authority in your country of citizenship.
  7. Hold a student visa in keeping with Canadian immigration legislation and a Certificate of Acceptance from Québec (CAQ) issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec.

Doctoral exemption

Each semester, Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEES) allows Université Laval to offer international students enrolled in its graduate study programs a predetermined number of supplemental tuition fee exemption scholarships.

Université Laval has expanded this exemption scholarship program for doctoral students. As such, all international students who enroll in a regular doctoral program at Université Laval will be eligible to benefit from the same tuition fees as Québec students. This exemption scholarship program is designed to attract the best students to Université Laval and better contribute to the success of their doctoral studies.

At Université Laval, Bureau des bourses et de l’aide financière is responsible for managing this exemption scholarship program.

Before leaving their country, all international students must ensure they have the financial resources required to support themselves for the entire duration of their studies.

IMPORTANT: Tuition fees for students granted this exemption will not be adjusted until after the deadline for complete or partial withdrawal from courses with a refund.

Scholarship duration

The scholarship will be valid for up to the first 8 semesters of full-time enrolment in the doctoral program, or until the number of crédits in the regular program is reached (90 or 96 crédits depending on the doctoral program for which the exemption was granted initially). Beyond these limits, the exemption is no longer granted.

You will be granted the exemption for courses and activities recognized on your compliance report (Rapport de cheminement). Additional courses are payable at the higher rate.

Bureau des bourses et de l’aide financière reserves the right to withhold the exemption for courses and activities that would not be recognized on your compliance report (Rapport de cheminement) or that would not be taken in the normal path of your study program.

*Please note that you can submit a request form for exceptional cases. For more information, please contact the BBAF at exemption@bbaf.ulaval.ca

Exemption does not apply in the following situations :

  • You currently or subsequently receive a supplemental tuition fee exemption under an agreement between the Government of Québec and your home country.
  • You currently or subsequently receive a scholarship from an organization that pays your tuition fees.
  • You receive official “permanent resident” status in Canada.
  • You are enrolled part-time.
  • You are enrolled in activities for which the exemption has already been granted.
  • You are enrolled in Continuation fees (Poursuite de la recherche), meaning that a special rate is already provided for under Université Laval regulations.
  • You are enrolled as an auditor or in transfer credit activities (Études hors établissement).
  • You are studying via distance learning.
  • You have completed the maximum first 8 semesters of full-time enrolment in a doctoral program or have reached the maximum of 90 or 96 billed crédits (depending on the doctoral program for which the exemption was granted initially).
  • You have changed your level of study and are no longer enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral program.
  • You already benefit from an automatic exemption under MEES policy (e.g., French citizens, certain diplomatic personnel, certain refugees, etc.). A number of French courses are automatically exempted by MEES and are therefore not covered by the exemption program.

Instructions

Initial application

If you are a new student admitted to a doctoral program at Université Laval

You will receive an official offer of admission from the registrar’s office. In this email, you will find the link to the information guide for the Supplemental tuition fee exemption. Simply follow the instructions included and send us the form and required documents. Please note that only students receiving an offer of admission to a regular doctoral program will have access to an exemption scholarship application form and will be authorized to fill it out.

Please note that applicants from countries that have a cooperative agreement with Québec MUST prove that they have already applied for an exemption scholarship from their own government. A copy of the acknowledgement of receipt or an equivalent document issued by the government authorities of the applicant’s home country must be submitted with the abovementioned exemption scholarship application. Otherwise, the application will be automatically rejected. For information, visit Exemption by country.

Deadline

Please note that to be eligible, exemption request forms must be sent to the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office and you must be enrolled full-time by the deadline shown below for each session.

  • Exemption for the summer 2019 session: August 31, 2019
  • Exemption for the fall 2019 session: December 31, 2019
  • Exemption for the winter 2020 session: April 30, 2020

All incomplete or late requests will be declared ineligible. Obviously, it is better to send requests at the beginning of the session to avoid processing delays and late fees.

Renewal

Applicants from countries with an agreement with Québec will be contacted by email in April of each year regarding renewal of the scholarship for the following year. You will be invited to provide a new application to your home country to renew your scholarship for the summer, fall, and winter semesters of the following year.

Please note that changes may be made to the Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Program without notice during the year. Visit our website regularly to keep up to date.

FAQ

1. What is foreign student status?

International students are applicants who are not Canadian citizens and do not have permanent resident status in Canada.

2. Do you have to be enrolled full-time to receive the scholarship?

Yes. You must be enrolled full-time in a regular doctoral (PhD) program. An exemption will be granted for activities recognized in the student’s academic progress report for the first 8 semesters of full-time enrollment in a doctoral program or up to a maximum of 90 or 96 billed crédits (depending on your program). The exemption will no longer be granted once either of these limits has been reached. Additional courses or credits are payable by the student at the higher rate.

Furthermore, enrollment in too many upgrading activities may financially penalize students in their course of study.

3. How many semesters am I eligible for the supplemental tuition fee exemption scholarship?

At the most, the exemption can apply for the first 8 semesters of full-time enrollment in a doctoral program or up to a maximum of 90 or 96 billed crédits (depending on your program). Once either of these limits has been reached, students are no longer eligible for the exemption program and credits will be billed at the higher foreign student rate. Students will then need to make arrangements to pay their tuition fees by other means.

Please note that students having completed all required program research credits can enroll in “ongoing research” and get a reduced rate. The “ongoing research” rate applies only to research credits, not course credits. For more information on this topic, please contact program administration.

Furthermore, enrollment in too many upgrading activities may financially penalize students in their course of study.

4. Who are these scholarships for?

This tuition fee exemption scholarship program is for international students enrolled full-time in regular doctoral (PhD) programs only.

5. What are the exclusions?

International students already exempted from supplemental tuition fees under MEES policy: refugees, French citizens, diplomatic personnel, etc. Students in any of the following situations are also ineligible:

  • You currently or subsequently receive a supplemental tuition fee exemption under an agreement between the Government of Québec and your home country.
  • You currently or subsequently receive a scholarship from an organization that pays your tuition fees.
  • You receive official “permanent resident” status in Canada.
  • You are enrolled part-time.
  • You are enrolled in activities for which the exemption has already been granted.
  • You are enrolled in Continuation fees (Poursuite de la recherche), meaning that a special rate is already provided for under Université Laval regulations.
  • You are enrolled as an auditor or in transfer credit activities (Études hors établissement).
  • You are studying via distance learning.
  • You have reached the maximum of the first 8 full-time registration sessions or have reached the number of credits in the regular program (90 or 96 credits depending on the doctoral program for which the exemption was granted initially).
  • You have changed your level of study and are no longer enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral program.
  • You already benefit from an automatic exemption under MEES policy (e.g., French citizens, certain diplomatic personnel, certain refugees, etc.). A number of French courses are automatically exempted by MEES and are therefore not covered by the exemption program.

6. What do I need to do to have my scholarship renewed for next year?

BBAF will contact you by email in April of each year regarding renewal of your scholarship for the following year. You will be invited to complete the renewal form and have approved by your research director to renew your scholarship for the summer, fall, and winter semesters of the following year.

7. What do I need to do to submit an initial exemption application?

You will receive an official offer of admission from the registrar’s office. In this email, you will find the link to the information guide for the Supplemental tuition fee exemption. Simply follow the instructions included and send us the form and required documents. Please note that only students receiving an offer of admission to a regular doctoral program will have access to an exemption scholarship application form and will be authorized to fill it out.

8. When do I need to submit my exemption form?

Please note that to be eligible, exemption request forms must be sent to the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office by the deadline shown above for each session. Moreover, you must be enrolled full-time before this deadline.

All incomplete or late requests will be declared ineligible. Obviously, it is better to send requests at the beginning of the session to avoid processing delays and late fees.

9. If changes are made to my file during the year, do I have to notify anyone?

Yes, it is your responsibility to contact BBAF (exemption@bbaf.ulaval.ca) as soon as possible regarding any changes made to your file (withdrawal, receipt of a scholarship from your country, etc.). Undue delays in communicating important information may have major consequences on your tuition fees.

10. If, when I am accepted, I am asked to complete complementary or upgrading studies before my regular doctoral program begins, am I still eligible?

Preliminary, complementary, and upgrading courses may be considered if included in the student’s academic progress report, but will be regarded as part of the first 8 semesters of full-time enrollment and count toward the maximum of 90 or 96 billed crédits (depending on your program). The exemption will no longer be granted once either of these limits has been reached. Students will then need to make arrangements to pay their tuition fees by other means. Additional courses or credits are payable by the student at the higher rate.

11. What is the impact of a program change on my exemption scholarship?

Program changes are allowed, but already exempt credits will be accumulated in the total allowed, ie the first 8 sessions of full-time registration or until the number of credits in the regular program is reached (90 or 96 depending on the program for which the exemption was granted initially).