Differential Fee Waivers - DFWs

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies awards Differential Fee Waivers (DFWs) to international Doctoral students for each academic year. International students who are given a DFW are exempt from the international tuition supplement.


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.).

Students in additional session are not eligible. Eligible international students are automatically considered by the Department and those chosen are contacted prior to the start of the applicable academic year.

Registration requirements for students who have been awarded a DFW by the Department: DFW recipients are required to register “full-time” for both the Fall and Winter term and “continuing” for the Summer term (during the academic year for which they have been awarded a DFW).

For more information, please visit the website of McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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