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Tuition fee exemptions

Am I eligible?

This program allows students in a technical training program to be exempt from additional costs charged to international students. To submit your application, you must be accepted to or enrolled at a cégep; the international student advisor at your cégep can provide the application form.

As a limited number of exemptions are available, not all eligible applicants will benefit. You will have priority if you are living outside of Canada when you file your application because the goal of the Tuition Fee Exemption Program is to increase the number of international students in the College system. The terms of this call for applications will be posted in November (for the 2020-2021 school year). For reference, please consult : Normes du programme de l’appel à candidatures (2019-2020).

  • Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible for this program, you must be an international student, that is:

    • You have come to Quebec to study and studying is your primary activity; and
    • You are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada as defined by law and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
    • You must also meet the selection criteria that may be set by the cégep where you are enrolled.
  • Conditions

    To be eligible for the exemption, you must also meet the following conditions:

    • You must be accepted or enrolled full time in a technical program conferring a diploma of college studies (DEC);
    • You must not be a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
    • You must have a valid Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for Studies issued by MIDI, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as a study permit. Depending on your study program, you may also require a federal permit to work as a co-op student or intern. You must keep these documents current for the entire period covered by the tuition fee exemption.
    • You must be able to prove that you have the minimum financial capacity set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. For a single student this is at least $13,000 for a 12-month period.

Frequently asked questions

  • Who funds the Tuition Fee Exemption Program for international students?

    The Fédération des cégeps is mandated by the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education to ensure the management of two allowances of 235 student fee exemptions for international students in career CEGEP programs. The Tuition Fee Exemption program is funded by the Quebec government.

  • I am admitted to/registered for a pre-university program. Am I eligible for this program?

    No, this program is aimed exclusively at full-time students registered for a technical program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) at the end of cégep.

  • I am admitted to/registered for a program leading to an Attestation d’Études Collégiales (AEC). Am I eligible for this program?

    No, this program is aimed exclusively at full-time students registered for a technical program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) at the end of cégep.

  • I am admitted to a program leading to a Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP). Am I eligible for this program?

    No, this program is aimed exclusively at full-time students registered for a technical program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) at the end of cégep.

  • Can I submit my application for the exemption program directly to the Fédération des cégeps?

    No, it is the cégeps that send student applications to the Fédération des cégeps. Speak with the head of your cégep’s international programs office to receive the form and deadline by which time you must submit your application, filled out and signed.

  • Are there fees associated with submitting an exemption program application?

    No, there is no fee for submitting an application to the cégep you have been admitted to. For more information, contact the cégep international service manager where you have been admitted.

  • Is the program offered exclusively to candidates from specific countries?

    Yes – the student candidate must, however, come from a foreign country whose students are required to pay tuition fees.

    The first exemption quota will be granted with special consideration for students coming from priority regions: member countries of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Americas (especially Brazil and Mexico), and Asia (especially China, India, and Japan).

     The seconds exemption quota is to be assigned exclusively to students from one of the 44 countries of the espace francophone, the wider international francophone community:

    Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Moldova, Niger, Central African Republic, Mauritius, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

  • Does this program only target specific certain career programs?

    No. All technical programs are eligible. Pre-university programs and Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) are not eligible.

  • When can I expect to receive a response to my application?

    You will receive an answer no later than June 1st, subject to the confirmation of budgetary appropriations by the Quebec Treasury Board.

  • Who will communicate with me regarding my application?

    The cégep you were admitted to will send you the results of the call for applications.

  • If I obtain the tuition fee exemption, will I be eligible for coverage by the Régie de l’Assurance Maladie du Québec?

    No, you will not be eligible for coverage by the Régie de l’Assurance Maladie du Québec. You must join the group health and hospitalization insurance plan for international cégep students. More about mandatory health insurance.

  • When I arrive at my cégep, must I present the original copies of the documents I submitted for application to cégep and to the Tuition Fee Exemption Program?

    Yes, you must submit original copies of your documents. If you do not submit them to your CEGEP’s guarantor, your tuition fee exemption will be revoked.

  • Will I receive a sum of money to pay the tuition fees for international students?

    No, the exempted student will not receive a sum of money. Although the student is exempt from the tuition fees paid by international students, they must plan to have enough money to support themselves throughout their studies (living expenses). You must also pay the fees that apply to Quebec students, as well as the premium for the group health and hospitalization insurance plan for international cégep students.

    In short, you must have sufficient financial resources for transport (to and from your country of origin), for the first year (CAN $500), and living expenses for the duration of your studies. Living expenses for students are estimated at CAN $12,750 CAN for the year 2019.

  • May I ask for an extension of my exemption?

    No requests for extension beyond the normal duration of the program of study is authorized, except in exceptional cases, for reasons outside of the student’s control.

  • I want to change programs. Can I keep my exemption?

    If you change from one career program to another career program you may keep your exemption, but the change must not cause to extend the length of your training, which would exceed your exemption period (except for students in the alternating work-study (ATE) track).

  • I want to transfer to a different cégep. Can I keep my exemption?

    No – a student automatically loses their exemption if they change schools.

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