Changes to student fees & payment for 2015/16
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has released new tuition and fee payment guidelines that colleges in Ontario will be implementing for the 2015/16 academic year beginning with the Fall semester.
What is the tuition deposit?
A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit is required for all new and returning domestic students entering a full-time program in the 2015/16 academic year. (The non-refundable tuition deposit for international students is $2350.00.) The deposit will be used towards the balance due for that semester and will secure the student’s seat in the program. The deposit is charged only once per year and is directly applied towards tuition, reducing the remaining tuition balance owed by the deadline as outlined below.
Please pay careful attention to the deposit deadline. St. Lawrence College has several fee payment options (below) for you to choose from. To retain your offer of a space in a program, you must pay your deposit by the due date. You do not have a space in a program until you have met your payment obligations.
Fee Due Dates
The due dates for the deposit and balance of semester fees will be as follows:
Semester/Study Period start
Deposit Due Date
Balance of Tuition
Balance of Tuition
Due Date: OSAP
June 15, 2015
August 10, 2015
September 11, 2015
November 19, 2015
(New OSAP Students only)
November 19, 2015
January 11, 2016
April 4, 2016
(New OSAP students only)
April 4, 2016
May 2, 2016
OSAP students – To be considered an OSAP student and eligible for the later payment deadline a student must have applied for OSAP and be approved to receive funding.
What if I’m a sponsored student?
Sponsored students, including Second Career, Workplace Safety Insurance Board, Community and Social Services, Crown Wards or a Native Council, must meet the above deadlines by providing proof of sponsorship by the required deposit due date. Documentation can be submitted to Student Services in Brockville or Cornwall, or your Academic School Office in Kingston.
Do I have to pay the Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit each semester?
The $500.00 amount is payable once per Academic Year in a student’s initial semester which secures a seat in that program for that Academic Year. This deposit is non-refundable and put towards a student’s total fees owing for their Initial Term.
What if I switch programs in the Winter semester?
The deposit is only paid once in the Academic Year.
What if I’m starting my program in the Winter semester?
Students need to make the full Tuition payment by the Winter semester fee deadline; only OSAP students will have the option to make a $500 Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit by the Winter semester fee deadline.
How do I know how much to pay?
Once you pay your Non-refundable Tuition deposit you will be able to see your balance owing in the student portal: slc.me. The detailed Fee Schedules will be available on our website.
Please pay careful attention to the fee deadline. St. Lawrence College has several fee payment options (below) for you to choose from. To retain your offer of a seat, you must pay your $500 Tuition Fee Deposit or make fee payment arrangements by the applicable due date. You will not have a seat in a program until you have met your payment obligations.
What if I can't find my slc.me login information?
Your login information will be sent to the email that you used when you applied to St. Lawrence College. Please check that email address for the username and initial password.
What methods of tuition payment do you accept?
- Credit card: we accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. You can pay online through the SLC.me portal.
- You may set up web or telephone banking through your personal bank to pay your tuition. (All payments must be received by St. Lawrence College by the deadline. Please allow sufficient time for your bank to forward your payment to us by the due date,typically 3-5 business days.) If choosing this option your payee account number is your SLC ID number preceded by the following alpha letter, which is dependent on your program and campus:
Brockville campus all programs - B
Cornwall campus all programs - C
Kingston, School of Business programs - W
Kingston, School of Community Service programs - R
Kingston, School of Justice Studies and Applied Arts - Y
Kingston, School of Applied Science and Computing - Z
Kingston, School of Health Sciences – X
Kingston, School of Skilled Trades - S
Online and Distance Education - D
You may also pay by bank draft, money order or certified cheque.
We do not accept cash payments or uncertified personal cheques.
Residence Payments: Please note, for details on residence payment requirements, please refer to your residence contract.
What happens if I pay my tuition deposit or balance of tuition late?
Your offer may be cancelled! All new applicants and returning students (particularly in high demand/oversubscribed programs) risk losing their seat if payment is not received by the applicable non-refundable tuition deposit deadline.
It is your responsibility to ensure your payment is received at St. Lawrence College by the due date(s). A late fee of $150.00 fee will be applied to accounts when the Non-refundable tuition deposit or balance of payment is not paid by the required deadline. The late fee will only be charged once per semester.
(OSAP students who do not pay their balance by the payment deadline will not be assessed the late fee provided they have directed their entitlement to the College to cover their tuition fee and thereby agreed to have their tuition deducted from their OSAP funding.)
Can I set up a payment plan to pay my tuition?
St. Lawrence College understands that there will be a few exceptional cases where students will not be able to meet the standard payment requirements. If you are not eligible for OSAP or government funding and are having financial difficulty, you may discuss your eligibility for a payment plan arrangement with our Student Accounts Receivable Clerk. You must complete the Student Tuition Payment Plan form and hand in any supporting documents along with the form five days before the tuition due date. Your application will be reviewed within three business days and you will be contacted with the decision. If you are approved you will be required to sign a Tuition Payment Agreement which outlines the details of your payment schedule and obligations. More information - click here.
What if I am a sponsored student?
An authorization letter on official letterhead is required in order for St. Lawrence College to bill your sponsor directly. The letter must include the amount being sponsored, the program of study, the name(s) and student number(s) of the student(s) being sponsored as well as an explanation of any items not covered by the sponsor. If the sponsor is not covering all tuition and compulsory ancillary fees it is the responsibility of the student(s) to pay any outstanding charges. This letter must be presented to your Academic School in Kingston, or Student Services in Brockville and Cornwall before the Tuition Deposit due date.
What if I have a RESP?
A verification of enrolment is available in the student portal slc.me. This form can be printed and submitted to your RESP provider. A RESP form cannot be submitted in lieu of payment. Students with RESP forms are still responsible to pay their non-refundable tuition deposit by the due date. RESP scholarships are issued directly to the student.
What if I pay my deposit and/or balance of tuition but don’t attend?
Refunds less $500.00 ($2350.00 for international students) are provided to students who withdraw within the first 10 business days of the beginning of a semester. A refund in full is applicable for any tuition and ancillary fees paid for subsequent semesters.
After 10 business days students are entitled to a refund in full of any fees paid in advance for subsequent semesters only.
What other costs will there be to attend college?
Textbooks, supplies, materials and uniforms vary in cost depending on the program of study. Most of those items are available through the College bookstore on your campus. Other details including the cost of supplies and kits are available from your Academic School or the Coordinator of your program. Usually this information will be supplied to you ahead of time by way of correspondence or at the beginning of the term along with your Course Outlines.
Residence costs will range from $600 - $1,000 per month depending on occupancy and campus. More about residence - click here. Kingston Campus students receive a Kingston Transit bus pass included in their full time tuition. This allows for unlimited use of the transit system as long as they are a full time student. Brockville and Cornwall students will need to budget in transportation costs along with their expenses.
Off campus housing will vary depending on availability. Your Student Government Office on each campus can assist with this.
Be sure to budget for other monthly expenses which may include food, transportation, parking, entertainment and spending money.
How do I find out about Scholarships and Bursaries?
Through the generosity of many companies and individuals, St. Lawrence College has a number of annual awards available to students and graduates. Students demonstrating a proficiency or potential in a variety of disciplines can win these awards. The awards are presented during the final fall awards banquet and at convocation. Candidates are selected by faculty as well as student nomination and the winners are chosen by the campus awards committee.
There are a number of other bursaries available to qualifying students from numerous agencies and organizations. Students who meet the criteria for these awards are invited to apply. For more information regarding Scholarships and Bursaries click here. Complete listings of awards are available here.
How do I apply for OSAP?
Each year over 200,000 post secondary students receive over $1.6 billion in financial assistance from the Ontario Government through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The entire process including the application and assessment can take up to 10 weeks so we strongly encourage you to apply early so your OSAP funding is available to you at the beginning of your school year. More details on applying for OSAP as well as all OSAP related questions and information can be found at www.osap.gov.on.ca.
What if my OSAP funding does not cover all of my tuition?
Your 1st tuition installment can be deducted from your 1st OSAP funding installment if you have authorized us to do so on your OSAP application. The 2nd and, if applicable, 3rd tuition installment amounts will be similarly deducted from your subsequent OSAP funding installments. It's important to check your SLC account on slc.me within the first 10 days of classes each semester to ensure your tuition is paid in full. If your OSAP funding does not cover your tuition installment for each semester, or if we're unable to deduct your tuition from your funding, it remains your responsibility to pay any outstanding fees by the due dates to avoid late fees.
What if I have alternative medical/dental coverage elsewhere?
The student health plan is paid once per academic year and is included in the full time fees paid for in your first term. Click here for more detail.
If you have proof of alternative coverage you may choose to “opt-out” of the Student Health Fees. Opt-out forms are found on-line at: www.wespeakstudent.com during the opt-out period.
OPT-OUT dates are as follows and are strictly adhered to:
- For fall students – Sept 1-30 by 4pm
- For new winter students only – Jan 1 to 31 by 4pm
- For new summer students only – May 1 to 31 by 4pm
Students can opt-out of Health, Dental, and/or Vision however to opt-out of Health and/or Dental, proof of coverage elsewhere is required. No proof of coverage elsewhere is required to opt-out of Vision. All opt-outs are done on-line.
International students cannot opt out of the International Health Insurance.
What if I don’t want to use the Fitness Pass or Bus Pass (Kingston campus only), can I get a refund?
All full time ancillary fees are compulsory and do not have an “opt-out” option with the exception of the Health Fees (see above). In order to facilitate these services for our students at a reduced rate they are included among the full time compulsory ancillary fees that have been agreed upon by your Student Governments, Fee Protocol committee and the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors.
How much does it cost to attend school part time?
The part time hourly rate for credit courses for domestic students is $7.03 per scheduled course hour for the 2015-16 academic year. This does not include any materials, lab fees or textbooks if applicable. St. Lawrence College offers a wide variety of part time learning opportunities. For more details on our part time studies, online learning and distance education please click here.
A $2350.00 non-refundable tuition deposit is required for all new and returning international students entering a full-time program in the 2015/16 academic year. For students who register and attend classes in the fall, the deposit will be used towards the balance due for that semester and will secure the student’s seat in their program for the full academic year. The full $2350.00 is nonrefundable. Exception: If a student does not receive a study permit and visa from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the nonrefundable amount will be $100.00. The original letter from CIC of study permit refusal must be provided.
International students must meet all other payment obligations outlined above.
Mandatory health insurance is included in all fees for international students. There is no option to “opt-out” of the international student health insurance.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have a question, returning students can visit their Academic School or Student Services in Brockville and Cornwall. New students can contact a member of our Recruiting Team at email@example.com.