School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Registration and Fees

Registration and Fees

Find everything you need to know about your registration and fees here! Below is important information about what you need to do as a new student, tuition payment options, course registration, academic accommodations, and changing your registration status (for reasons such as maternity or parental leave, medical leave, changes from full-time to part-time status, among others).

For New students: Your Offer from Queen's

Most applicants are offered admission on the "condition" of successful completion of the current undergraduate honours degree (or master’s degree), and, receipt of an official transcript showing that the degree was awarded.

After receipt and review of your official final transcript, you will receive an offer of a final acceptance. This acceptance will be sent to you via the online application system (those who applied electronically) or through regular postal mail (those who applied using a paper application). If convocation for your previous degree is pending, your transcript may not indicate that the degree was granted. In this case, you are required to provide a separate, original, signed statement indicating that the degree requirements have been completed and the date of your convocation. This should be provided by the Faculty or School who administered the degree, and not the home department in which you studied.

Make sure you accept our offer of admission. You may have already done this. To confirm, return to the online application site and login with your userid and password.

If on your display page, the words "Offer accepted" are displayed to you, this means that you previously accepted our offer, either online, or by reporting to the department to which you applied, that you accepted our offer. If these words do not appear, this means we do not have your response to our offer of admission. You must open your emailed letter of admission, and click the “Continue” button to proceed to our online applicant response page, fill in the required information, and click "Submit". We would appreciate receiving your response as soon as possible.

If you were offered admission to the Master's programs in Occupational or Physical Therapy, you should respond to our offer using ORPAS (the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service).

If you have decided not to attend Queen's University, please contact us so that we can update our records.

Your Queen’s student number should appear on your offer of admission letter, and on your online application site.  If you do not see your student number, please call the School of Graduate Studies office on 1-613-533-6100. We cannot provide you with your student number by email, due to confidentiality requirements. You will need your student number to be set up your Queen’s NetID, and your Queen’s email  address.

International students must go to the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) to confirm arrangements for your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). You may also apply online through the QUIC website prior to your arrival in Kingston.

Tuition, Other Fees, and How to Make Payments 

Tuition Fees

Tuition and Fee Assessment: Visit the Office of the University Registrar's website to find information on tuition and and fees for the program in which you are enrolled.

Based on the recommendation of the Working Group on Graduate Funding, Queen’s University has made the decision that, beginning September 2021, international PhD students will pay the same tuition amount as domestic PhD students. 

  • New international PhD students admitted in September 2021 will be assessed at the domestic tuition rate.
  • Continuing international PhD students will have the option to be assessed tuition at the (1) domestic level or (2) to retain their current arrangement (i.e., pay international PhD tuition rate and retain ITA or ITAequivalent funding in their funding package).
    • By choosing to be assessed domestic tuition, the student agrees that a new funding letter will be issued by the program, reflecting a change in the total amount of funding provided by the program. In particular, the revised funding package will reflect the removal of the ITA/ITA equivalent from the total funding commitment.
    • Continuing international PhD students who elect the new model of tuition will receive a new funding letter, accepting the revised funding package and acknowledging that the new letter replaces and supersedes any previously issued funding letter(s).
    • Students who choose to continue to receive their current funding package, including an ITA/ITA equivalent if applicable during their funding eligible period, will also continue to pay the International Tuition Rate. 
    • The Deadline to opt in or out of the new tuition rate is May 1, 2021. All current international PhD students will receive an email message from the School of Graduate Studies that clearly outlines the proposed changes to the tuition structure and instructions on submitting their choice.  

Note: an FAQ section from the Town Hall on International PhD Tuition, will be available the week of Feb 8th, 2021.

Paying your Fees or make Fee Payment Arrangements: Information on fee payment methods and deadlines is available on the Office of the University Registrar's website

All graduate students must choose and set up a fee payment method prior to registering, annually. Full payment of tuition and fees must be made before you register  OR you must enroll in the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan through the Office of the University Registrar’s website.

Call the Fees Hotline 613-533-6894 with any questions about tuition assessment or payment.

Ancillary Fees

Ancillary Fees support activities and services provided by the university and by student governments, and their faculty/school societies, and clubs. Student activity and faculty society fees are assessed to students registered on-campus in the School of Graduate Studies, the School of Religion, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Education. The SGPS Health and Dental Plan fees are assessed in September only to on-campus students. The Society of Graduate & Professional Students administer these fees. Please read the documentation carefully.

Health Insurance for International Students - UHIP

International students should visit the Queen's University International Student Centre's website on health insurance and care to learn about the University Health Insurance Program (UHIP), which is a mandatory plan that provides medical coverage for most doctor and hospital services in Ontario. This website also contains other important information on health care. 

FAQ on change to International Tuition for Doctoral students

When does the new tuition rate apply?

The new tuition rate for international PhD students will take effect in September 2021.

I am a continuing student. Why do I need to opt in or out of the new tuition rate?

Currently, all full-time international PhD students in years 1-4 of their program (except those fully funded from external sources) must receive an International Tuition Award (ITA) or equivalent funding to partially offset the differential tuition paid by international students. The change in the tuition structure for international PhD students will also require a restructuring of this funding support. In particular, the revised funding support will reflect the removal of the ITA/ITA equivalent from the total funding commitment. Because the new tuition structure will involve a change in the funding support you are currently receiving, your consent and agreement with the change is required.    

What is the deadline to make a decision to opt in or out?

To ensure that you have sufficient time to ask questions and understand how this change will affect you, the deadline that has been set for making this decision is May 1, 2021.   

How do we determine whether it is best to opt in or out of the new tuition change?

We encourage you to discuss the change in tuition with your graduate program so that you are aware of how this will affect your funding. You may also contact the School of Graduate Studies with any questions, and we will endeavor to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice.

Below is an example of how the new tuition and funding model could look:

An international PhD student currently receiving $30,000 per year, including an International Tuition Award (ITA) of $5,000.

Scenario #1: The student chooses to be assessed domestic tuition. The ITA is removed from the funding package, leaving a funding commitment of $25,000.

Current Domestic Tuition: $5,773*

Total Funding: $25,000

Net financial package (after reduced Tuition Rate is accounted for): $19, 227

[$30,000 - $5,000 - $5,773]

Scenario #2: The student chooses to retain their original/current minimum funding commitment, with a corresponding requirement to pay the international tuition rate.

Current International Tuition: $12,927*

Total Funding: $30,000

Net Financial Package (after current International Tuition Rate is accounted for): $17,073

[$30,00000 - $12,927.00]

*Please note that this amount does not include ancillary fees. The quoted amount is based on the fee structure for 2020-21 as posted on the University Registrars web site. The exact amount of tuition fees for 2021-22 will be determined by the Board of Trustees in May 2021.

What does opting into the new tuition model mean for my current and future funding package?

If you choose to pay the domestic tuition rate, you will receive a new funding letter from your department. It will reflect the removal of the ITA or ITA equivalent and outline your new funding package.

Will the minimum funding guarantees change if I opt for domestic tuition?

No, it is expected that the minimum funding package provided to international PhD students in years 1-4 will be the same as the funding minimum for eligible domestic PhD students.

Does changing to domestic tuition rates affect any awards, scholarships, bursaries, payment plans?

No, only the International Tuition Award or ITA equivalent will be affected. All other awards and scholarships, bursaries, work study opportunities, and employment in TA or RA positions, will be unaffected.

Does this affect my Queen’s Graduate Award (QGA)?

QGA allocations are made to programs based on enrollments, and each program distributes the available QGA to students in the program as needed to make up individual funding packages. There is no impact of this change in tuition on the eligibility of international PhD students to receive QGA, although the exact amount awarded can vary from year to year based on the amount and source of other funding received by the student.

Do I still have to pay international ancillary fees?

Yes, except for being assessed domestic tuition all other fees applicable to international students will remain in place.  

If I opt into to domestic tuition rates, do I still need to pay for UHIP?

Yes. UHIP is set and mandated by the Province of Ontario. As an international student, you must pay UHIP.  

Will this affect my student visas and permits?

You will still be considered an international student for immigration purposes. You may, however, need to provide a copy of your new funding letter to Immigration Canada.  Please check with QUIC if you have queries on immigration procedures and requirements.

Does this fee reduction apply to international students who go beyond their 4-year funding eligible years?

Yes, the change in the tuition rate will apply to all international PhD students, even if they have gone beyond their funding eligible period.  

If my supervisor currently pays for my tuition, how does that affect me?

Please speak with your supervisor and Graduate Coordinator.

Are there any tax implications associated with changing to the lower tuition rate?

The answer to this question will vary depending on your individual circumstances. If you have concerns or questions about tax implications associated with changing to domestic tuition you should consult with an accountant or tax specialist. Students can also access financial advice through the Student Awards office .

When will we know the international and domestic student tuition rates for 2021-22?

Tuition rates for the next academic year will be set by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in May. However, tuition rates for domestic students are currently frozen by the Ontario government, which means that the domestic tuition rate for PhD students in September 2021 will likely be the same as the current rate. However, the international tuition rate will almost certainly be higher in the 2021-22 academic year than it is currently.  

Registering for Courses

For information about registration, go to the Office of the University Registrar's website.

Graduate courses are normally selected in consultation with your supervisor and/or departmental graduate coordinator. Currently, only a few graduate programs permit graduate students to self-enroll in their courses in the Student On-Line University System (SOLUS).  Please contact your program’s Graduate Assistant who can register you in your courses and/or provide more information about this step.

Accommodating Students with Disabilities

The School of Graduate Studies is committed to accommodating graduate students with disabilities.  For more information, see the Accommodations policy and the Graduate Handbook on Accommodating Students with Disabilities.

Changing your Registration Status - SGS Regulations

Please follow the links below for the specific School of Graduate Studies regulation pertaining to the change of status that you are requesting.

Student Activity Fees

Part-time or inactive students are automatically considered to be "Off-Campus". This means no student activity fees will be charged, and you will have no access to certain university facilities and organizations. If you want or need access to these facilities please contact the School of Graduate Studies to arrange "On Campus" status. Information regarding Student Activity Fees is available from the Office of the University Registrar.

This change of status does not automatically result in any adjustment for the fees assessed or required for the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) health and dental plan for graduate students. You must contact SGPS yourself to make any necessary arrangements. The contact information is: SGPS, Room 021, John Deutsch University Centre, Queen's University Kingston ON K7L 3N6 , tel. (613) 533-2924 fax. (613) 533-6376. Email:

Tuition Fees

Students who transfer from full-time to part-time are assessed half the full-term tuition fee while registered part-time.

Students who change to inactive status due to maternity/parental or medical leave will not pay tuition fees for the period of approved inactive status.

A change of registration status does not automatically result in any adjustment of tuition and fees already assessed. Students must contact the Office of the University Registrar - Records and Services to make any changes to the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (ph. 613-533-6894). Adjustments made after the 15th day of the month will be applied the following month. Students must also contact the Society of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) to have health and dental fees adjusted or cancelled (ph. 613-533-2924).

Students must return their student card to have student activity fees refunded or recalculated.

Student Loans

Changing to part-time or inactive status may impact your repayment requirements to OSAP or other student loan provider. Contact your loan provider before officially changing your status.

Continuation of your Change in Status

To be considered for a continuation of part-time or inactive status, you must re-apply by the end of the period covered by your current request. If you do not re-apply, or, if a subsequent request is not granted, your study status will automatically revert to full-time status, with all the corresponding fees.

Have a Question?

If you require additional information, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at 613-533-6100 or by email at . The School is located in Gordon Hall, 4th Floor.

Contact Us

Contact the School of Graduate Studies if you have any questions about registration and fees.