Supplemental Tuition Fees Exemption Program for Foreign Students – 2020-2021 (MES-UL)
Each semester, Ministère l’Enseignement supérieur (MES) 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, foreign students must ensure they have the financial resources required to support themselves for the entire duration of their studies.
Program provisions dictate that master’s students are not eligible for this program unless places remain after scholarships are awarded to doctoral students.
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.
The scholarship will be valid for one year and renewable on the recommendation of the research director and verification of the satisfactory progress in your studies 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.
- 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 completing your program via distance learning.*
*Due to the COVID-19 situation, distance learning programs will exceptionally be covered by exemption for summer and fall semesters 2020 and for winter 2021 semester.
- 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 MES policy (e.g., French citizens, certain diplomatic personnel, certain refugees, etc.). A number of French courses are automatically exempted by MES and are therefore not covered by the exemption program.
Please note that to be eligible, exemption request forms must be sent to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office and you must be enrolled full-time by the deadline show below for each session.
- Exemption for the summer 2020 session: August 31, 2020
- Exemption for the fall 2020 session: December 31, 2020
- Exemption for the winter 2021 session: April 30, 2021
All incomplete or late requests will be declared ineligible. The exemption will not be applied retroactively if the semester is over. Obviously, it is better to send requests at the beginning of the session to avoid processing delays and late fees.
For applicants from countries with an agreement with Québec
- Applicants from countries that have an agreement with Québec must request an exemption scholarship from their governments by following the procedure shown on the Exemption by country (MES) page.
- The previously completed MES application form (Appendix II) must be sent by email to the organization responsible for managing exemptions for your country and in copy to firstname.lastname@example.org as a proof that you have submitted an application to your home country.
- Complete the BBAF online form (link below).
For applicants from countries without an agreement with Québec
- Complete the BBAF online form (link below).
We will contact selected applicants as soon as possible to notify them of the results of their application.
Tuition fees for students granted this exemption will not be ajusted until after the deadline for complete or partial withdrawal from courses with a refund.
For students receiving a tuition fee exemption under an agreement between the Government of Québec and your home country: attribution rules are approved annually. Therefore, we will contact you at the latest in April each year, to invite you to submit a proof from your country.
According to the MES definition, a foreign student is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident in the meaning of the Act respecting Immigration to Canada (S.C. 25-26 E1.II, chap. 52) and the regulations adopted under its authority.