FAQ – Tuition Fee Exemption Program for international students

1. 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 program is funded by the Quebec government.

 

2. 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 career program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) at the end of CEGEP.

 

3. 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 career program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) at the end of CEGEP.

 

4. 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 career program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) at the end of CEGEP.

 

5. Can I submit my application for the exemption program directly to the Fédération des cégeps?
No, it is the CEGEPs that send student applications to the Fédération des cégeps. Speak with the head of your CEGEP’s international programs office to receive the form and deadline by which time you must submit your application, filled out and signed.

 

6. Are there fees associated with submitting an exemption program application?
No, there is no fee for submitting an application to the CEGEP you have been admitted to.

 

7. Is the program offered exclusively to candidates from specific countries?
No – 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.

 

8. Does this program only target specific certain career programs?
No. All career programs are eligible.

 

9. When can I expect to receive a response to my application?
You will receive an answer no later than June 1st 2018, subject to the confirmation of budgetary appropriations by the Quebec Treasury Board.

 

10. Who will communicate with me regarding my application?
The CEGEP 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 CEGEP students.
  • When I arrive at my CEGEP, must I present the original copies of the documents I submitted for application to CEGEP 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 CEGEP 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 $12,538 CAN for the year 2018.
  • 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 CEGEP. Can I keep my exemption?

 

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

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