Differential Fee Waivers for international students
Internal Differential Fee Waivers (DFWs)
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies awards approximately 230 Differential Fee Waivers to international Doctoral students, and exceptionally to international Research Master’s students for each academic year. The approximate value is $5,600 in a Ph.D and $6,300 in a Master's program.
Differential fee waivers are restricted to international graduate students at McGill whose visa status requires them to pay full international tuition fees. Recipients must be:
- Registered with a full-time status (see explanation of residency in the Program Requirements section of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar)
- Within Curriculum Year 1-3 (for Ph.D) or Curriculum Year 1 (for Research Master’s) (see Student Advising Transcript).
Students in a qualifying year or additional session are not eligible. Students in "privatized" programs are not eligible. Eligible international students are automatically considered by their departments, depending on the number of DFWs available. Since DFWs are awarded based exclusively on departmental nomination, there are no application forms provided/required. Interested students who cannot otherwise qualify for an external differential fee waiver (see below) should contact the department to which they are applying.
Registration requirements for students who have been awarded a DFW by their Faculty/ department: DFW recipients are required to register “full-time” for the Fall and Winter term and “continuing” for the Summer term (during the academic year for which they have been awarded a DFW).
External DFWs – Bilateral between Quebec and other governments
Differential fee waivers are also available from a number of external sources, including the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Quebec. Please note that the Quebec government grants differential fee waivers to staff and dependants of consulates, foreign government offices, international governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, refugees, immigrants with a work permit containing the case type 07, 08, 20, 22, 23 or 26 with the name of an employer and location that is necessarily situated in Quebec, and to students in MELS-approved inter-university exchanges.
A certain number of citizens from countries whose governments have entered into agreements on tuition fees with Québec may be exempted from the supplemental tuition fees normally required of international students. All French citizens and a limited number of citizens from other countries who have established such agreements are eligible for such exemptions.
For more information on how to qualify for differential fee waivers under these provisions, please see this document: Politique relative aux droits de scolarité exigés des étudiantes et étudiants étrangers par les universités du Québec, at the MEL website.
Step by step procedure
- Determine whether there are bilateral exemptions for your country, by consulting the list of countries that have established such agreements.
- If your country or affiliated agency has a bilateral exemption, contact the appropriate authority for the country or agency. More information can be found at the MEL website.
- Apply to the country or agency by that agency's deadline (the agency will inform you of its specific deadline).
- After their own selection process, the country will nominate their selected candidates to the Quebec government, who will in turn perform the final selection, and inform the candidate and the University.
Please note that only 20% of the exemptions for a given country or agency can be used in English universities in Quebec, including McGill.