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Fall Term Questions
Updated: June 19 at 5:30 p.m.

High quality education

  • How will the Fall 2020 semester be delivered?

    Sheridan intends to offer a full suite of academic programs for the Fall 2020 semester. In keeping with guidance from the Government of Ontario and public health officials, many of our programs will continue to be offered in alternate formats during the Fall semester. Face-to-face learning will be reserved for those courses where experiential hands-on learning is required. We'll continue to look for ways to take advantage of any easing in public health restrictions that may occur.

    Our faculty have spent the past few months retooling, rethinking and reorganizing creative and interactive ways that curriculum is delivered to you. Virtual simulation labs, remote musical productions and our Virtual Internship Program are just a few examples of how we’ll continue to stretch your thinking, build your skills, advance your knowledge and immerse you in the joy of learning.

  • What if I don't feel satisfied with the quality of learning in alternative formats?

    If you do not feel satisfied with the quality of your education during the Fall 2020 semester, you will be able to withdraw without academic penalty and receive a full refund, including the deposit, until October 9. All students will be eligible for this refund. For more information, please visit here.

    Please note that this refund does not apply to Residence fees. Students considering living in Residence are encouraged to review the Residence Cancellation policy for details, which can be found at

Making it affordable

  • I’m experiencing financial distress. Are there any relief measures available to help students make their tuition and fee payments?

    In recognition of the ongoing financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheridan is offering a payment plan to new and returning domestic students and returning international students who are studying either full-time or part-time in the Fall semester, as was offered for the Spring/Summer semester. The payment plan is available to those students who have paid their enrolment tuition deposit. Specific deadlines will vary depending on whether you're enrolled in a standard or compressed semester, but a standard plan will allow for a first payment of 50% by September 28, with the balance due in two additional payments later in the semester. Our hope is that this will deliver some relief by spreading out the financial demands of continuing your studies.

    Details of the specific payment plan dates for Fall 2020 will be available shortly. Once confirmed, those details will be posted on myOTR.

    In an effort to provide you with additional financial relief, the enrolment deposit for the Fall 2020 semester has been reduced from $500 to $250 for full-time students, and from $340 to $170 for part-time students. Please note that this reduction is applicable to new domestic students and returning domestic and International students.

  • I’m experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Are there any financial supports available?

    Sheridan will continue to advocate for students and identify and share resources as we continue to work to alleviate the stress and hardship that we know our students are facing during this difficult time. We encourage you to visit our eCommunity Resourcs page, which includes information about food and shelter assistance, and our Government Resources page for programs that provide financial relief.

    Please review Sheridan's Financial Aid & Awards page to learn more about scholarships and bursaries available to students in need.

  • I’ve already paid the full $500 enrolment deposit for the Fall 2020 semester. Will I receive a refund since Sheridan announced a $250 decrease for the Fall 2020 enrolment deposit?

    On May 22, 2020 Sheridan announced a reduction of $250 for enrolment deposits for the Fall 2020 semester. Students who paid the full $500 amount before the announcement was made can expect to see the $250 difference subtracted from the balance owing for tuition and fees on their invoices for studies in the Fall semester. If you have any further questions about fee payments, please email

  • Will Sheridan modify ancillary fees for any other services that have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

    We recognize that some support services have been interrupted as a result of COVID-19 and, wherever possible, we've adapted service delivery of student supports to online, phone and virtual means.

    Sheridan and the Sheridan Student Union will make adjustments to several ancillary fees for Fall 2020 in light of the changes in access to facilities and delivery services. A full list of amended fees is available on MyOTR.

  • Will there be a reduction in tuition or program fees for switching to remote learning?

    We're operating in unprecedented times and uncharted territory. Despite those challenges, Sheridan is committed to delivering our curriculum with integrity and ensuring that learning outcomes are met. We never waver on academic quality. Students will receive the learning they were promised when they chose Sheridan.

    Tuition is not being reduced because it covers the cost of providing instruction, assessment, virtual learning technology, and academic support that students will still receive as part of their studies. These costs do not change whether a course is delivered in-person or remotely/online. It is not cheaper for Sheridan to run a course remotely because remote instruction still requires instructors to deliver the course, undertake assessments, evaluations and advising, provide office hours and offer the same type of support that would typically be involved in person.

  • Will there be a reduction in program fees for switching to remote learning?

    Students in some programs in the Fall 2020 semester may see a reduction in program fees, which cover materials or access to production, studio, or laboratory space as we move to provide their learning experience through alternative formats. Please note that program fees are different than tuition. These reductions will be applied automatically for students in eligible programs taking courses this Fall.

Supporting your success

  • I would like to live in Residence during the 2020-2021 academic year. Where can I find the latest information, procedures and safety measures?

    Please review the Sheridan Residence COVID-19 FAQs page for the latest information.

  • What student support services will be available to me?

    We’ve adapted all of our services and outside-the-classroom programming to ensure you feel supported here at Sheridan, beginning with orientation events. Our staff continues to work remotely via phone, chat, video and online support, providing services such as personal counselling, career advising, information technology, library resources, assistance with assignments and citation, tutoring, time management tips and more.

    If you need support, email and we’ll connect you with the appropriate support team (e.g., counselling, tutoring, academic accommodations support, advisors, health services, research help, etc.).

    Please visit our Modified Services page for more information.

  • Will co-ops and internships proceed during fall 2020?

    Co-ops and internships will be proceeding in the fall.  We have adapted our programs and options to protect the health and safety of our students as they earn co-op and internship recognition through remote opportunities.

    Students are not required to participate in co-op or an internship at a place of employment should they not wish to.  We are advising employers and students to prioritize their health and safety and safeguard the health of our community by complying with the advice being issued by public health officials regarding COVID-19. 

    Students are securing remote work-terms and we offer multiple alternative options for students to complete their work-terms based on different scenarios.  In some cases where it is requested by students, we may be able to allow in-person work and this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    For students who prefer an alternative to a traditional internship during the pandemic, we have designed and launched an exciting Virtual Internship Program (VIP).

    The VIP allows students to earn their work-term credit remotely and offers the flexibility of three different streams to choose from: 1) Work-related; 2) Innovation Acceleration; or 3) a COVID-19 Project. Each of these new offerings also include a 10-week Career Ready Competency program, other learning modules, and a guest speaker series with relevant webinars through the program.

    If you have questions or need support, please connect with your usual Co-op department contact by email. If you are unsure who to contact, email

Health and safety

  • What measures will Sheridan take to protect the students and staff who will be on-campus beginning Fall 2020?

    Your health and safety is our top priority, and we’re ready to protect you during any in-person activity your program may require. This will include:

    • Determining the flow of people through buildings to avoid congestion.
    • Ordering reusable masks for students and employees.
    • Implementing a schedule for enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
    • Limiting the use of shared objects and enforce a plan for cleaning between uses.
    • Installing signage that promotes measures to protect oneself and others.
    • Remaining stringent on occupancy limits.
    • Creating well-defined plans for safety within and beyond classrooms, studios, labs and open spaces.


Virtual Campus Life

  • What resources are available to help me stay connected to my peers?

    At Sheridan, we understand that the college experience extends far beyond academics. In May, we launched a new innovative online campus hub that makes it easier than ever to connect with your peers and professors. You’ll also have opportunities to build friendships  through live-streamed activities, crowd-sourced study notes and virtual gatherings such as clubs, study halls, coffee hangouts, yoga sessions and cooking classes. Once it’s safe to do so, we’ll be sure to re-introduce more on-campus activities.

  • I want to talk to someone about my options and/or get support. Who can I connect with?

    We recognize that COVID-19 will impact each student in a different way. If you have questions about your specific situation, email

International Students

  • I am an international student – am I eligible for the payment plan for the Fall 2020 semester?

    Returning international students studying either full or part-time are eligible for the payment plan established for the Fall semester. Unfortunately, new international students must pay their full fees up front according to immigration regulations, and are not eligible for the plan.

    First, you must pay your deposit of $250 by July 15th, 2020.

    You will be able to opt-in to the payment plan beginning mid-July. The link to do so is available in myStudent Centre under the Finances section.

    A standard plan will allow for a first payment of 50% and then the balance due in two additional payments later in the term as follows:

    • 50% of Fees will be due by September 28, 2020 
    • 25% of Fees will be due by October 13, 2020
    • Balance Outstanding will be due by October 30, 2020 

    For a full breakdown of fee deadlines for students who participate in the payment plan, as well as information on Ancillary and Program fees, please visit:

  • Where can I find the most up to date information regarding the changes to immigration regulations for International students?

    Please review the latest IRCC updates for international students.

  • I am currently abroad. Can I travel to Canada?

    If you have a study permit, or if you have a study permit approval (a Letter of Introduction) that was issued on or before March 18, 2020, you’ll be able to travel to Canada by air or land and be exempt from the current travel restrictions. Please review the IRCC’s site for details.

  • I am currently abroad. What will happened when I land in Canada?

    All travellers to Canada must travel with a non-medical mask or face covering if arriving by air. All travellers must also isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

  • My Fall semester classes have been moved to an online format due to COVID-19. Will studying online affect my Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility?

    No. The Government of Canada has confirmed that you are eligible to study online for the Spring/Summer 2020 semester without impacting your Post-Graduation Work Permit.Please see the IRCC website for further details.

  • How many hours can I work each week if I'm studying this Fall?

    If you are eligible to work off-campus, you can work 20 hours per week while studying. Please review the IRCC guidelines related to work during this period for details.