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Tuition Refunds for Program Withdrawal

Sheridan recognizes that some students may determine that they cannot complete the fall 2017 semester due to strike-related reasons. Students who find themselves in this situation are able to receive a tuition refund from the Province.

Can I withdraw for this fall semester and restart the semester in January or September 2018?

Students who withdraw as a result of the strike will not face academic penalty. Please note that not all the courses from the fall semester are offered in the winter semester.  As a result, in some programs, students who withdraw from the fall term may need to wait until fall 2018 to resume their studies. Sheridan can also not guarantee re-admission to every student who withdraws, as spaces for winter 2018 and fall 2018 semesters have already been accepted by other students.

Who can apply for a tuition refund?

  • Full-time and part-time domestic students
  • Full-time and part-time international students*
  • Apprenticeship students and Second Career students

Please note that students who withdrew from Sheridan prior to October 16, 2017 (the start of the strike) are not eligible for the tuition refund.

Students in joint programs with Brock, UTM and York University are advised to contact their home university with questions about tuition refunds, as Sheridan is unable to provide tuition refunds for these programs.

How do I request a program withdrawal with a tuition refund due to the academic strike?

Since withdrawing is a major decision, we suggest that you review your program’s semester completion plans and talk with faculty before making a final decision. To request a program withdrawal with a tuition refund due to the academic strike, students must first meet with a Student Adviser in the Centre for Student Success, where they can also obtain a withdrawal form.

Deadline: The deadline to withdraw from a program with a request for a tuition refund is December 5, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

What is included in the tuition refund?

Students who withdraw will be reimbursed their tuition fees that were paid, including their $500 initial deposit.

In addition, Sheridan will reimburse students for all of their compulsory “administrative fees,” such as fees that cover I.T./mobile, graduation, transcripts, alumni membership, health centre, athletics, career centre, peer mentoring and tutoring.

Program-specific material fees (shown as “program fees” on student invoices) will be refunded on a prorated basis, as these materials have been partially consumed.

The Sheridan Student Union will provide a full refund for the Student Centre building fee and the Student Centre capital budget fee.

What is not included in the refund?

Sheridan will not refund the Adobe fee, as this software has already been downloaded on student computers.

Fees paid by domestic students for medical plans (shown as “SSUI Medical and Dental Plan” on the student invoice) will not be refunded and students will continue to receive health and dental coverage until August 31, 2018. In the event that a student who is withdrawing wishes to opt out of coverage after the fall semester concludes and no later than January 31, 2018, a refund in the amount of $191 (representing premiums from February 1 – August 31, 2018) may be requested. This change in coverage MUST be requested before the end of the business day on December 22, 2017 by emailing

Fees paid by international students for health plans issued through will not be refunded in the case of strike-related program withdrawal, and coverage will continue to be valid for the length of the original policy.

How long will it take to process my application?

While standard processing time can take from 4–6 weeks, Sheridan is committed to processing the refunds as quickly as possible.

Under the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loan agreement, Sheridan must send the tuition fee refund to the National Student Loan Service Centre for students receiving financial assistance through this source. Tuition refund cheques will be sent directly to students who do not have OSAP balances.

*Immigration implications for international students

International students who choose to withdraw from the fall 2017 semester due to the strike are advised to seek individual advice from Sheridan International Centre staff, as there may be implications for their study permit status and future applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC can also provide information regarding the future eligibility of international students to apply for a post-graduation work permit. The IRCC call centre can be reached at 1-888-242-2100.

Acknowledgement of refund

By accepting the refund of your tuition fees and other applicable fees, you agree that you will not seek to recover in any other forum or proceeding a duplicate payment for the same tuition fees and other applicable fees that Sheridan has refunded. Further, by accepting the refund of your tuition fees and other applicable fees, you agree and acknowledge that Sheridan does not admit any liability in relation to the strike.