Fees & payment

Paying for college

Review important dates associated with paying tuition and other college fees as well as refund and withdrawal information.

Tuition fee schedule

2023 - 2024 academic year tuition fee schedule
ProgramLength
Tuition fee estimate*​
English for Academic Studies
4 months
​$5,500

​2 months
​$2,750
Diploma/Certificate programs
(excluding Practical Nursing diploma program)
2 terms

​$14,163
​Graduate
(post-graduate)
2 terms​$15,383
Degree programs
(and Practical Nursing diploma program)
2 terms ​$15,496

Please note:  

  • *The pricing above is for tuition only and does not include compulsory ancillary fees, which are pending approval. Total fees include tuition plus ancillary fees. Please refer to the program page for current fees to estimate the ancillary fees until this information is approved. Compulsory ancillary fees may include: health insurance and prescription drug plan, student activities, graduation fee, athletic services, e-text, etc.
  • All estimated values are listed in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice.
2024 - 2025 academic year tuition fee schedule
ProgramLength
Tuition fee estimate*​
English for Academic Studies
4 months
​$5,500

​2 months
​$2,750
Diploma/Certificate programs
(excluding Practical Nursing diploma program)
2 terms

​$14,588
​Graduate
(post-graduate)
2 terms​$15,844
Degree programs
(and Practical Nursing diploma program)
2 terms ​$15,961

Please note:

  • *The pricing above is for tuition only and does not include compulsory ancillary fees, which are pending approval. Total fees include tuition plus ancillary fees. Please refer to the program page for current fees to estimate the ancillary fees until this information is approved. Compulsory ancillary fees may include: health insurance and prescription drug plan, student activities, graduation fee, athletic services, e-text, etc.
  • All estimated values are listed in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Payment and key dates

Please refer to your Letter of Acceptance for your payment key dates.

Deposit

A $2,500 mandatory, non-refundable tuition deposit is required in order to secure a place in the program.

Please note: as part of the Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) request process, you are required to pay in full the estimated first term tuition fees, as stated on your Letter of Acceptance (LOA). For details about the PAL request process, please refer to Application instructions for new students.

Should you defer to another available intake, any fees paid will transfer to the new intake, however, deposit payment remains non-refundable if you do not supply proof of a visa refusal. *See refund policy & withdrawals below.

For students who register and attend classes, the tuition deposit is part of the student’s tuition fees and reduces the tuition owed.

Should a student’s visa be refused and Student Fees is provided with a copy of the visa rejection letter, tuition will be refunded, less the $200.00 college administrative fee.

Fees

Your deposit is applied to your tuition, however, you are still required to pay the balance of tuition owing by the due dates specified in your Letter of Acceptance.

Key due date for payments – when you should pay

Program of study - Start date​Deposit due date - International students
Fall term
30 days from date of acceptance1
Winter term 30 days from date of acceptance1
Spring term 30 days from date of acceptance1

1 as indicated in the offer letter

Please note: Key dates are for reference and subject to change without notice. Please refer to the dates provided in your Letter of Acceptance for more accurate information. ** A $150 charge will be applied to payments received after due date as posted on the Student Portal.

Your fees are a combination of tuition fees, program-specific fees and optional fees. You can opt of optional fees before the college's refund deadline each term. See Opting out of optional fees to learn more.

International fee exemption

An international fee exemption permits an international student to pay domestic tuition fees, if eligible. Proof may be required every term to maintain an international fee exemption.

Who is exempt from international fees?

An international student who meets one of the following requirements may be eligible for an exemption:     

  • Canadian Citizen/Indigenous Person's and dependant(s)
  • Permanent Resident and dependant(s)
  • A person who has been approved "in-principle" for permanent resident status in Canada and their dependant(s)
  • A foreign worker with a closed work permit and dependant(s) (there are some exclusions)
  • A visitor with diplomatic status and dependant(s)
  • Convention Refugee (Protected Person) and dependant(s)

Please review the definitions below for more details regarding these categories.     

What is the deadline to apply for an international fee exemption?

Fall (September - December) / Winter (January - April) / Summer (May - August)      

  • On or before the 10th day of classes for the study period or term.

Note:     

  • A tuition adjustment will take place in the study period that an international fee exemption has been approved. Retroactive fee changes for previous study periods will not be granted.
  • Exceptions to deadlines are not permitted.

Definitions

1. Canadian Citizen/Indigenous Person

A citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act, or a person registered as Indigenous within the meaning of the Indian Act in Canada.        

2. Permanent Resident

A permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act:        

  • A person who has been granted "permanent resident" status and has not had that status revoked; or
  • A person who has been approved "in-principle" for permanent resident status in Canada. Evidence of this is a letter which confirms that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has determined that they are eligible for immigration to Canada and meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status in Canada. Such letters must be dated prior to the enrolment count date and presented prior to the enrolment report due date.
3. A Visitor with a Closed Work Permit

A visitor, and their dependant(s), who is authorized to work in Canada having been issued an employer-specific work permit for a Canadian employer in Ontario.        

The following students are excluded:           

  • A visitor, and their dependant(s), holding an open work permit;
  • An international student holding a work permit to complete their co-op or internship;
  • An international student holding an open work permit for post-graduate work (usually for up to three years upon graduation);
  • 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 permit;
  • An international student holding an "Off-Campus Work Permit".
4. A Visitor with Diplomatic Status

A visitor who is admitted to and remaining in Canada with official accreditation from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who has entered Canada, or is in Canada, to carry out their official duties as:           

  • A diplomatic or consular officer; or
  • A Canadian government-accredited representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies, of any intergovernmental organizations of which Canada is a member; or
  • A dependant or a member of the staff of any such diplomat, consular officer; representative or official accredited to Canada by the Canadian government; or
  • A member of a foreign military force or of a civilian component; thereof admitted to Canada under the Visiting Forces Act or any dependants of such personnel.
5. Protected Person

A person, who:          

  • Has been determined to be a protected person, including a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection, within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A protected person document issued under section 31(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a "notice of decision" issued by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or by the IRB must be presented; or
  • Is a refugee claimant who applied to the federal government for Convention refugee status prior to January 1, 1989, and can provide documentation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to that effect.
6. Legal Dependant

A dependant is defined as one of the following:      

  • A spouse;
  • A common-law partner*
  • A dependant child or the dependant child of a spouse or common-law partner;
  • A dependant child of the dependant child referred to above.

*An affidavit signed by both spouses, confirming that they are living together in a conjugal relationship for no less than three years, or are living together in a conjugal relationship and are raising any children of whom they both are the natural or adoptive parents, is required to verify their common-law status.          

Dependant Child

A dependant child is 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 not a spouse or common-law partner;
  • Enrolled continuously at a college, university or other educational institution and dependant 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; or
  • 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.

Payment options

Make an international payment to the college

Conestoga College has partnered with three leading international payment processors: Flywire, Convera, and PayMyTuition. These services allow you to make a payment to Conestoga through a wire transfer or credit card payment directly from your home country. Payments can be made quickly and in your home currency and are typically applied to your student account within five business days of being received by the college.

In addition, we continue to accept online payments through web banking. We also accept international money orders, bank drafts or certified cheques.

Choose the payment option that works best for you.

Flywire

Conestoga College has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. Easily and securely make education payments in your own currency, using local payment methods from the safety and convenience of your home. With real-time tracking and around-the-clock multilingual support, millions of students and families around the world trust Flywire for payment processing.

To pay now, please visit conestogac.flywire.com

Did you know?

  • Flywire is the global market leader for education payments, the trusted choice of millions of students, thousands of institutions and hundreds or recruitment agents and partners worldwide.
  • Flywire offers convenient payment options from over 240 countries and territories, in more than 140+ currencies.
  • Flywire supports a variety of local payment methods including bank transfers, credit cards, e-wallets and more.
  • Flywire guarantees payment as soon as funds are received in any of their accounts around the world.
  • Flywire offers peace of mind by providing real-time payment tracking every step of the way through email, in-app and text alerts.
  • Flywire offers around-the-clock multilingual support via email, phone, or live chat.
  • Flywire provides a secure and streamlined refunding process with automatic tracking notifications.
  • Flywire's internal controls ensure that funds are secure and protected against fraud.
  • Flywire provides a Best Price Guarantee: if you find a better exchange rate at your bank within two hours of booking a local currency bank, transfer with Flywire and send them a quote from your bank, they will match it.
Convera

Convera allows you to pay the Canadian dollar tuition fees in the currency of your choice.  

Please note: This is not a payment through Convera agent locations (except in the case of some payments from India). You will simply be paying a Convera bank account and then Convera transfers the funds to Conestoga College in Canadian dollars.  

How to make a payment
  • Visit the Convera payment page.
  • Provide student/payer information
  • Complete the required fields (Conestoga College student ID number, student's first and last name, email address, etc.) and select Next.
  • Enter the amount you wish to pay in Canadian dollars and select Next.
  • Select the currency that you would like to pay in from the drop down list. You will notice on the right-hand side that you now see the amount you will be paying in the currency selected. Select Next.
  • Select the checkbox if you would like to receive the payment instructions via email.
  • Complete other fields as listed if the payer is not the student then select Next.
  • Review the conditions and select the checkbox, then select Submit.
    NOTE: You may need to temporarily allow pop-ups on your computer in order to view the payment instructions.
  • Print your payment instructions and make the payment. For most countries this will be by wire at your bank.
  • Instruct your bank to wire transfer funds to the Convera bank account indicated on your payment instructions.
  • The reference number on the payment instructions is very important. It must be included on your payment in order for the funds to be correctly and promptly applied to your student fee account. A reference number should not be used more than once. If you are making a second payment, or have a quote that has expired, please go through steps 1-3 again to get new payments instructions with a new reference number.
  • The payment must be sent within 72 hours of the quote or Convera will use the current exchange rate to convert the currency. The expiry of the quote is indicated on the bottom of the payment instructions that you have printed.
  • While the transfer is in progress, your account will continue to show the outstanding amount.
  • Conestoga College will post the Canadian dollar equivalent to your student account, generally two to five days after your local bank initiates payment.

* If your local currency is not an option available in the system, you will need to choose another currency on the list to arrange your payment, or contact Convera for more information. The subject line should read ‘Convera payment issue'. Please indicate what currency you are trying to pay in, or where you are trying to pay from, and what the precise issue is.       

** When paying from China or India, you will be given your rate when you process your transfer per the payment instructions.         

*** For payments from India, China and South Korea, you will be instructed to pay on a particular website or bank (e.g. ICICI for India).         

Should you require assistance, please contact Convera.

PayMyTuition

Conestoga College has partnered with PayMyTuition for international tuition payments. With PayMyTuition, you can pay your tuition payments from any bank, in any country in any currency at better than bank exchange rates. PayMyTuition is fast, simple, and cost effective.       

To initiate your payment: Or
  • Visit www.paymytuition.com,
  • Select Make a Payment from the top of the screen,
  • Search for Conestoga College and complete the secured online payment form.
Benefits of using PayMyTuition:
  • Don’t overpay your bank on currency exchange. PayMyTuition will save you money by offering competitive exchange rates in any currency.
  • Students can take advantage of PayMyTuition's Rate Guarantee by connecting with support@paymytuition.com.
  • PayMyTuition is fast, secure, and easy to use. Students have access to a comprehensive online dashboard that allows you to create, manage, and fund your transactions.
  • PayMyTuition offers 24/7 multilingual customer support across numerous communication channels to assist.
Additional information on PayMyTuition:

PayMyTuition frequently asked questions

Student support information:

No matter what time zone you are in, a dedicated customer support team is available through live chat, email, and phone to answer any of your questions and help you make a payment.       

If you encounter challenges or have any questions about the PayMyTuition tool, please get in touch with their dedicated support team below:         

Web banking

You may pay your tuition online via Web banking through most Canadian banks. You will be required to set-up Conestoga College as a vendor for payment purposes in order to do so. Your student ID number will be used as your account number to associate your payment to your student account.         

You may also visit your local bank branch to initiate your payment.      

Canadian money order, bank draft or certified cheque

Remit a Canadian money order, bank draft, or certified cheque, payable to 'Conestoga College' at the following address:      

International Education Office
Conestoga College
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4M4 Canada

Please remember to include your student number on all payments sent to the college.      

International refund policy

Withdrawal within 10 business days of the beginning of a term or the beginning of the period for which the student paid fees in the case of a non-term or continuous intake program of instruction, the student shall receive:

  • a refund of the full tuition and ancillary fees for the term or program less the non-refundable deposit if withdrawal is made after the deposit due date *or if withdrawal is made after a deferral admission had been given.
  • a refund in full of any tuition and ancillary fees paid in advance for subsequent terms.
  • a refund in full of any fees paid in advance for subsequent terms. This also applies to students who do not register on a term basis.

For refund information, including follow-up and refund processing inquiries, please contact studentfees@conestogac.on.ca.

Refund policy & withdrawals

Please note: Should you wish to withdraw and request a refund, you must sign in to the Student Portal.

  • Select the "Services" tab, click on the "My Forms" button, then log in with your Conestoga email address, and select "Withdrawal Form".
  • Once your Withdrawal Form is complete, select "Request for Refund".

Refunds can take up to eight (8) weeks to be received.

For further support, contact Student Fees.

COVID-19 refund policy: For Level 1 students beginning their studies outside of Canada with confirmation of IRCC student visa application submission

The following refund policy applies to International students (level 1) who are studying online from outside of Canada and who have applied for their student visa before the start of their program. 

Please note: Visa refusal letters may be verified through IRCC prior to refund processing.    

Spring 2023 Visa in Process (VIP) refund policy

If you begin your studies online from outside of Canada for the Spring 2023 intake and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of your study permit, the following college refund policy will apply:

  • A full refund (less the $200 administrative fee) will be provided to Level 1 students who began their studies online from outside of Canada with an active VIP.
  • Students are encouraged to submit their withdrawal form immediately after receipt of a Visa Refusal.
  • If you complete the Level 1 term studies and a decision on the status of your study permit application has not been received, you are required to defer the start of Level 2 until a decision is rendered. If you choose to start Level 2, then a refund will not be eligible for Level 1.
  • Requests for a refund received after the end of the term must be accompanied by a valid Visa Refusal.
  • You may decide to keep your marks for your completed studies OR receive a refund, but you are not eligible for both.

If your application for study permit is not refused but you choose to withdraw from the program for Spring 2023, the standard college refund policy applies (no refund after the 10th day of classes) and a withdrawal form must be completed and submitted.    

NOTE: In order to be fully removed from your program, you must withdraw your offer in OCAS AND complete the withdrawal form in the Student Portal, even if you wish to defer to a future intake. Not withdrawing could result in failed grades on your transcript.    

Winter 2023 Visa in Process (VIP) refund policy

If you begin your studies online from outside of Canada for the Winter 2023 intake and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of your study permit, the following college refund policy will apply:

  • A full refund (less the $200 administrative fee) will be provided to Level 1 students who began their studies online from outside of Canada with an active VIP.
  • Students are encouraged to submit their withdrawal form immediately after receipt of a Visa Refusal.
  • If you complete the Level 1 term studies and a decision on the status of your study permit application has not been received, you are required to defer the start of Level 2 until a decision is rendered. If you choose to start Level 2, then a refund will not be eligible for Level 1.
  • Requests for a refund received after the end of the term must be accompanied by a valid Visa Refusal.
  • You may decide to keep your marks for your completed studies OR receive a refund, but you are not eligible for both.

If your application for study permit is not refused but you choose to withdraw from the program for Winter 2023, the standard college refund policy applies (no refund after the 10th day of classes) and a withdrawal form must be completed and submitted.    

NOTE: In order to be fully removed from your program, you must withdraw your offer in OCAS AND complete the withdrawal form in the Student Portal, even if you wish to defer to a future intake. Not withdrawing could result in failed grades on your transcript.    

Fall 2022 Visa in Process (VIP) refund policy

If you begin your studies online from outside of Canada for the Fall 2022 intake and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of your study permit, the following college refund policy will apply:    

  • A full refund (less the $200 administrative fee) will be provided to Level 1 students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada until December 31, 2022.
  • If you complete the Level 1 term studies and a decision on the status of your study permit application has not been received, you are required to defer the start of Level 2 until a decision is rendered. If you choose to start Level 2 then a refund will not be eligible for Level 1.
  • Requests for a refund received after December 31 must be accompanied by a visa refusal letter dated after December 31, 2022.
  • You may decide to keep your marks for the Fall 2022 term OR get a refund, but, you are not eligible for both.

If your application for study permit is not refused but you choose to withdraw from the program for Fall 2022, the standard college refund policy applies (no refund after the 10th day of classes) and a withdrawal form must be completed and submitted.    

NOTE: In order to be fully removed from your program, you must withdraw your offer in OCAS AND complete the withdrawal form in the Student Portal, even if you wish to defer to a future intake. Not withdrawing could result in failed grades on your transcript.       

Spring 2022 term

Students with a valid study permit must follow the standard college withdrawal procedures.

Students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada for the Spring 2022 intake and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa application, the following refund policy will apply:

  • A full refund (less the $200 administrative fee) will be provided to Level 1 students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada up until August 31, 2022 whose visa has been denied.
    • A copy of the visa refusal letter is required and must be submitted at the time of withdrawal.
  • Students who have not withdrawn from the program on or before August 31, 2022 for the Spring term will not be eligible for a refund. Not withdrawing from the program by the stated date indicates that you are pursuing your studies regardless of the outcome of your study permit (visa) application.
  • No refund requests, regardless of the outcome of the visa application, will be granted after August 31, 2022.

I understand:

  • if I qualify for a refund and if there are already grades on my record for the term the refund has been received, my grades will be removed and will not be reinstated.
  • if my application for study permit is not refused, but I choose to withdraw from the program, the standard college refund policy applies.

Winter 2022 term

Students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada for the Winter 2022 intake and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa, the following refund policy will apply:

  • A full refund (less the $200 administrative fee) will be provided to Level 1 students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada up until April 30, 2022. A visa refusal letter is required and must be submitted at the time of withdrawal. No refund requests will be granted after April 30, 2022.

I understand that if I request and am given a refund, my grades will be removed and will not be reinstated. 

If my application for study permit is not refused but I choose to withdraw from the program, the standard college refund policy applies. 

Fall 2021 term

Students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada for the Fall 2021 term and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa, the following refund policy will apply: 

  • Until December 31, 2021: a full refund, minus the CAN $200 administrative fee and CSI fees (CSI Legal Protection Fee, CSI International Health Fee and CSI Health Plan Fee), will be refunded. A copy of the visa refusal letter must be attached to the request.
  • After December 31, 2021: no refund will be granted for the Fall 2021 intake.

Regarding your student record: If a student withdraws and receives a refund for the Fall 2021 term based on a visa refusal, all grades will be removed for that term and no verification of enrolment or participation will be available. 

If your application for a visa is not refused but you choose to withdraw from the program, the standard International Refund Policy outlined below applies and withdrawal must be made within 10 business days of the beginning of the term for which you have paid fees.