Am I eligible for international student tuition remission?
Most Alberta universities and colleges offer a two-tier fee structure - resident and non-resident - whereby Non-Residents (visa holders) of Canada pay for the actual cost of instruction while residents of a particular province only pay for part of it and the rest is paid by a taxpayer subsidy.
If you receive a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver, you receive the same benefit as a Alberta resident and pay a much reduced tuition fee thanks to the generosity of the Alberta taxpayer. You are still responsible for paying the Resident Fees.
Some Alberta universities may want to encourage the enrollment of international students and therefore may set aside a number of Non-Resident Tuition Waivers in an international student pool. These waivers are typically awarded on academic merit based on cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average). If there are more applicants that meet minimum award criteria than waivers, the committee will award from highest to lowest GPA and some students may not get an award although they meet the minimum GPA requirement. The best students will be awarded on an academic year basis. The lesser qualified students may just receive a semester award. The awards are not renewable and must be applied for each year/semester.
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