Tuition Refund Policy and Deadlines

Registration of students in research programs who are defending and/or depositing 

All graduate students must register and pay appropriate fees until actual completion of all coursework and research requirements for their degree:

Students will not be permitted to defend and/or deposit unless they are registered for the term in which they are defending and/or depositing. Use the following to determine which term(s) you must be registered for:

  • you must be registered in the Winter term if you defend or deposit from January 1 to April 30; and
  • you must be registered in the Summer term if you defend or deposit from May 1 to August 31; and
  • you must be registered in the Fall term if you defend or deposit from September 1 to the end of December (the final day for deposits in December will be posted each year on the Important Dates webpage).

Tuition Refunds (Phase I and Phase II) - Eligibility

Tuition refunds are available each term for graduate students who have completed all coursework and other program requirements in previous terms except for the final oral defense and/or deposit. To be eligible for tuition refunds, students must be registered in both the previous and current term in one of the following: 

  • Doctoral dissertation - course number xxxx-9980
  • Master's thesis - course number xxxx-8970 
  • Master's major paper - course number xxxx-8960  
  • English creative writing project - course number ENGL-8940
  • Kinesiology internship or Political Science internship - course number xxxx-8950.

Each term there are two tuition refund deadlines: 

Phase I (100% tuition refund)

Students who complete all degree requirements by the Phase I deadline, including the final deposit of their dissertation/thesis/major paper document in the Graduate Studies office, will be eligible for 100% tuition refund for that term.

  1. The student must have completed all coursework and other program requirements in previous terms
  2. The student must be registered in the current term only in one of the following:
    • Doctoral dissertation - course number xxxx-9980
    • Master's thesis - course number xxxx-8970 
    • Master's major paper - course number xxxx-8960  
    • English creative writing project - course number ENGL-8940
    • Kinesiology internship or Political Science internship - course number xxxx-8950.
  3. The student must also be registered in the previous term (e.g. to be eligible for Phase I tuition refund for Summer term 2019 term the student must also have been registered in the Winter term 2019).

The student must be registered for the current term, even if they expect to complete their deposit by the Phase I deadline for that term.

As long as the student completes their deposit before the Phase I deadline of the current term, the registration for the current term will be removed along with all applicable fees for that term, including any interest for unpaid tuition for that term.

However, if the student chooses NOT to pay tuition fees and is later unable to meet the Phase I deadline, the student will be charged tuition fees plus any applicable interest for unpaid tuition.

Scholarship holders must maintain fulltime registration throughout the duration of the scholarship. If a student completes the degree requirements within the Phase I tuition refund deadline their registration in the current term will be removed therefore they will not be eligible to receive a scholarship for that term.

Phase II (50% tuition refund)

Students who have missed the Phase I deadline (100% tuition refund) will remain registered in the current term.

If the student completes all degree requirements by the Phase II deadline (including the final deposit of their dissertation/thesis/major paper document in the Graduate Studies office), they will receive 50% refund of the base tuition fees for the current term. Note that any interest for unpaid tuition for the current term will NOT be removed.

  1. The student must have completed all coursework and other program requirements in previous terms
  2. The student must be registered for the current term only in one the following: 
    • Doctoral dissertation - course number xxxx-9980
    • Master's thesis - course number xxxx-8970 
    • Master's major paper - course number xxxx-8960  
    • English creative writing project - course number ENGL-8940
    • Kinesiology internship or Political Science internship - course number xxxx-8950.
  3. The student must also be registered in the previous term (e.g. to be eligible for Phase II tuition refund for Summer term 2019 the student must also have been registered in Winter term 2019).

Scholarship holders who complete the degree requirements within the Phase II tuition refund deadline and maintain their scholarship eligibility will be able to retain their scholarship for the term.

Tuition refund deadlines for Fall Term 2019:

Phase I: September 27, 2019

Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase I for Fall term 2019. Students who complete all requirements, including deposit in the Office of Graduate Studies, for major papers, theses, and dissertations by Phase I are eligible for a 100% tuition refund for Fall term 2019, provided that the student was registered in the previous term (Summer 2019) and that all other requirements for the degree are already complete. The major paper, thesis, or dissertation grade will be assigned to the previous term, i.e. Summer term 2019.

Phase II: October 18, 2019

Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase II for Fall term 2019. Students who have completed all requirements, including deposit in the Office of Graduate Studies, for major papers, theses, and dissertations by this date are eligible for a 50% base tuition refund for Fall term 2019, provided that the student was registered in the previous term (Summer 2019) and that all other requirements for the degree are already complete. The major paper, thesis, or dissertation grade will be assigned to the current term, i.e. Fall term 2019.