Eligible York University employees, and/or their dependents, may have all or part of their academic fees waived at the regular domestic fee rate for York University degree credit courses. To determine eligibility for fee waivers, check with Human Resources and Employee Relations, Pension and Benefits, Kinesman Building, at 416-736-5005.
For more information about fees, visit our Tuition Fees page.
The waiver applies to academic fees only; students are responsible for any additional charges such as late charges, student health plan, material fees etc.

Academic fees at the domestic rate will be waived for all Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 60 years of age or older by:

  • May 1 for registration in the summer session; or
  • September 1 for registration in the fall/winter session (this includes winter term courses as they are part of the fall/winter session).

This applies whether a student is registered in a degree course, as a visiting student or as an auditor. The fee waiver is capped for senior citizens to the level of tuition fees assigned to domestic, non-professional undergraduate or graduate arts, science and other programs as defined in the tuition fee guidelines from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The tuition fee waiver for an eligible senior citizen is restricted to a maximum of one (1) undergraduate and (1) graduate degree.
You do not need to apply for this benefit. It is granted automatically and the credit is applied to your student account. Fee waivers are considered by the government to be a taxable benefit; the appropriate tax forms from York will be available on the Tax Forms page by February 28 each year.
Eligible senior citizen tuition waiver students are required to pay all other fees attached to a course or program, or required during the process of registration (including centrally collected ancillary fees, fees approved by student referenda, material fees, financial penalties etc.).
Grandparenting Provision: All students in mid-program, up to and including those enrolled in summer 2009, will be grandparented until the completion of the degree in which they are currently enrolled, as long as they have maintained continuous registration.

If your tuition fees are being paid directly to the University by an external sponsor (e.g. First Nations government, embassy etc.), there are two service options:

  1. Students can provide transaction lists to sponsors for their review and payment directly to York. There is no cost for this option.
  2. York University can review the transactions and send a statement of the balance owed to the sponsor. 

Note to students:
If your tuition fees are being paid directly to the University by an external sponsor  (e.g. First Nations government, embassy etc.), you must pay the registration deposit to maintain your enrolment status. If you do not submit your registration deposit by the payment deadline, you will be de-enrolled from your courses; spaces in these courses will then be made available to other students.
Please note that regardless of any commitment made by a sponsor or employer to pay your fees, you are still responsible for all charges to your student account.  Interest fees or other sanctions will apply if the account is not settled promptly.

Note to sponsors:
If a student has provided you with their York University statement of transactions (option 1 above), you can remit payment directly to York at no additional cost.