Tuition fee exemptions

Exemption from the out of province or international supplement tuition fees is possible for students in the following three categories, as authorized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES). Note that this information may be subject to change.

French Course Fee Exemptions

Non-Quebec Canadian and international students are automatically assessed fees for certain eligible French courses at the Quebec tuition rate (note exclusions below). This list of eligible courses can be found here: http://www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments/exemption/frenchcourses

Students in the following categories do not benefit from a reduction in tuition fees:

  • International Graduate Diploma, Certificate (Graduate or Undergraduate), Special, Visiting and Qualifying students.
  • Students who are in programs where the fees are charged on a flat rate basis (such as thesis programs) and who take French courses as part of their program will not benefit from any reduction in fees. Students taking French courses (that are eligible for reduction) that are taken as extra to their program will be charged additional fees at the Quebec rate. Students should consult with their department in order to determine if such courses are part of their program or deemed to be extra.
  • Students enrolled in the Quebec Summer Studies Institute; International Masters Program in Practicing Management; International Masters for Health Leadership; Management International Summer Program; and certain Distance graduate certificate programs, Masters of Business Administration, and Executive Masters of Business Administration.

Out-of-province Tuition Supplement Exemptions

Non-Quebec Canadian students in the following categories are exempted from out-of-province tuition supplements:

  • Students in a PhD program.
  • Students in a Post-Graduate Medical Education program: Medical Residents, Clinical Fellows, Clinical Research Fellows, Research Fellows.
  • Students registered full-time in the Masters in French (Maîtrise en français). The exemption begins at the moment the student registers in the program, without retroactive effect.

Complete guidelines and regulations may be found at http://www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/ens-sup/ens-univ/finances-univ.asp in the document Politique Relative aux Droits de Scolarité Exigés des Canadiens Non-Résidents par les Universités du Québec.

International Students Eligible for Fee exemptions based on legal status in Canada

Students with one of the following statuses may be exempt from International Supplements (certain categories may be assessed at the Canadian tuition rate):

  • Citizens of France.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: effective for the Fall 2015 semester, a revised entente was ratified March 19th, 2015, between the Gouvernement du Québec and Le Gouvernement de la République Française as it pertains to the international tuition exemption for French Nationals. This has served to modify the terms and conditions for eligibility for the exemption, as per the following:

Fee rates:

Undergraduate students:

- Newly-admitted to McGill degree programs will be charged tuition at the Canadian rate. This includes new students who deferred their admission from a preceding term (eg. Fall 2014 admission to Fall 2015).

- Continuing in McGill degree programs:

  •  Students whom remain continuously registered at McGill and have not changed degree programs (eg. transfer from BA to BSc) will continue to be charged tuition at the Quebec rate. Note that for the purpose of determining continuous enrolment at McGill:
    • The Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters are all considered

    • The following authorized and approved registration statuses will not negatively impact your eligibility to retain the Quebec rate of tuition: leave of absence; exchange term away; field study; study away; internship; co-op.

    •  Non-registration at McGill for four consecutive semesters or more constitutes a lapse in continuity of studies. For example:

                   - Winter 2015: registered
                   - Summer 2015: absent
                    - Fall 2015: absent
                    - Winter 2016: absent
                    - Summer 2016: must be registered in order to be in continuity of studies

  • Non-authorized interruption of studies, graduation from a degree program, or a change from one degree program to another will result in the student’s tuition status being changed from the Quebec to the Canadian rate.

Graduate students:  newly-admitted and those continuing in McGill degree programs will continue to be charged tuition at the Quebec rate.

Special and Visiting students:  will be billed at the Canadian rate of tuition.

Eligibility conditions for the international fee exemption remain in place, wherein students must provide the requisite documentation cited below – by the specified deadlines – so as to be accorded the international tuition exemption.

Documentation required:

French citizens without Canadian citizenship must provide the following documents:

1) Valid French passport
2) Valid Study permit
3) Valid CAQ
French citizens with Canadian citizenship, please refer to the instructions for Canadians.

  • French Community of Belgium

Effective as of the Fall 2018 term, an agreement between the French Community of Belgium and Quebec government allows francophone Belgian students to be exempted from the international tuition fee supplement.

Fee rates:
- Undergraduate program students are eligible to be charged at the Canadian rate of tuition
- Graduate program students, including students in a Qualifying year, are eligible to be charged at the Quebec rate of tuition
- All Special and Visiting students are eligible to be charged at the Canadian rate of tuition

For more information on the required documents, please see http://www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments/exemption/belgique

  • Citizens of certain countries with an agreement with MEES.
  • Diplomatic, consular or other representatives of international organizations.
  • Convention refugees.
  • Students awaiting permanent residency in Canada and holding an eligible CSQ.
  • Students whose spouse or unmarried students whose parent holds a Temporary Work Permit in Canada.
  • Students funded by the FRSQ (Fonds de la recherché en santé du Québec).

To apply for any of the above exemptions, students are required to provide the appropriate documents proving one of the statuses listed above.  Please consult the Legal Documents site for the list of the required documents supporting the exemption request, as well as for the procedure for submitting these and the relevant dates by when they are required.