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Tuition Waiver

Tuition Waiver is the exemption of the tuition portion of fees for eligible employees and their spouse and/or dependents for approved Ryerson University courses and/or programs of study. It does not include fees such as ancillary fees, late fees, default fees, books, course materials and equipment.

Please see the Appendix D of the PDF fileRFA Collective Agreement and tuition waiver policy for full details.

Eligibility

Tenure/Probationary, Professional Counsellors and Librarians: An employee is eligible to take courses upon initial hiring. A spouse and/or dependent is also eligible to have tuition fees waived.

Limited-Term Faculty (LTF), Term Counsellors and Term Librarians: After 12 months, an employee is eligible to take courses during the duration of their appointment. After 12 months of an employee’s initial hiring, spouses and/or dependents are eligible to have Tuition fees waived.

How much is covered?

The university will waive for the employee, his/her spouse and/or dependent the tuition portion of fees.

It does not include the non-tuition portion of the University fee and fees such as ancillary fees, late fees, default fees, books, course materials and equipment.

All academic policies, guidelines and rules apply to all members. This means the employee is responsible for any late fees or penalties.

When might I be denied a waiver?

Your waiver may be denied if you do not meet eligibility requirements or you have exceeded the limit of courses per term or if the courses are not eligible.

All regular offerings published in the full time and continuing education calendar, where Ryerson collects tuition fees, are eligible courses for tuition waiver.

The university will waive for the employee, his/her spouse and/or dependent a maximum equivalent dollar value that reflects the current annual domestic undergraduate tuition fee in non-cost, recovery programs, per year, per eligible person, as determined by the university.

It does not include fees such as ancillary fees, late fees, default fees, books, course materials and equipment.

All academic policies, guidelines and rules apply to all members. This means the employee is responsible for any late fees or penalties.

Waivers must be applied for prior to course start dates. Application for waivers submitted after course completion will not be approved.

Note: Before you begin, you’ll need the student's Ryerson student number and SIN number (if completing for your spouse or dependent).

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate degree programs students will receive a student number with their Offer of Admission letter.
  • Continuing education students should follow the instructions for new students located on the Chang School website.

Instructions:

  1. Log into my.ryerson.ca and click on the eHR tab. Navigate to Self Service; Benefits; Tuition Waiver and complete the online application for your dependent and/or yourself.
    To learn more about how to access eWaiver, you can complete the eWaiver self service tutorial, opens in new window. You’ll need to log into this tutorial with your my.ryerson ID.
  2. If submitting for a dependent, you have the option of providing an email address for them. This will allow HR to communicate the application status directly to them, as well as to you, the employee.
  3. Use the Search function to find program requirements and current course offerings.
  4. You will be notified by email when your request is approved. Once approved, the student may register in courses.

Chang School courses

Once your waiver has been approved, please enrol yourself in the course(s) online using the RAMSS system and pay the full course fee with your credit card. Full payment is required when enrolling online or the course(s) will be dropped.

It will take up to three weeks to for your tuition waiver to be applied and for you to receive your refund:

  • Within one week of enrolling, your tuition waiver will be applied and an e-refund will be issued for the waived portion of your fees. The refund will appear as a “Domestic e transfer Refund” on your Account Summary in RAMSS.  
  • Once your waiver has been applied it will take an additional five to 10 business days for you to receive an e-refund through PayMyTuition
    • You will receive an approval email from PayMyTuition with further instructions for depositing your funds to your bank account through Interac e-transfer.  
  • For additional information, see Student Refunds.

Undergraduate, graduate or law courses

The same course enrolment and fee payment procedures are followed as students without waivers. Once approved, waivers are automatically applied and fees are adjusted and reflected on students’ account balance on RAMSS. 

Tuition deposits must be paid online by the deposit deadline stated on the offer of admission, if applicable. All remaining fees must be paid online by the applicable deadlines. Course enrolments (adds, swaps and drops) are done online through RAMSS during applicable course enrolment periods.

You must always complete the application for a tuition waiver prior to registering for the course. Please refer to the university and Chang School enrollment schedules.

A tuition waiver application needs to be completed by the employee each semester before registering for further courses.

No. All eligible candidates are expected to follow the policy and process for tuition waiver. Candidates who do not follow the process will be responsible for paying default fees. For example, an employee who registers for a course first then applies for tuition waiver after the course start-date will be responsible for interest fees or late fees applied.

No. Waiver applications submitted after completing a course may not be approved. In such cases the employee will be responsible for the full tuition fee.

The employee, spouse or dependent is required to provide proof of successful completion of any course. This is done electronically; you sign authorization for release of grades at the time of application. When an employee, spouse or dependent fails to complete a course in which they are enrolled in two successive occasions, the tuition waiver benefits will be suspended.

Employees of the university who are taking courses at Ryerson may have their tuition treated as development. If the course is considered to be mainly for the benefit of the employer, it is employment-related and Ryerson assumes the cost. In these circumstances, neither a T4 nor a T4A is issued and the employee does not claim any related tax credits.

If the course is considered to be for personal interest or related to the business, the tuition waiver is considered a taxable benefit and will appear on the employee's T220A which is issued by the university on the students RAMSS account.

Tuition that is waived for an employee's spouse or dependents is reported on a T4A in the name of the student (ie: the spouse or dependent) by Financial Services and the student must claim it on their income tax.

  • If you do not meet eligibility requirements or you have exceeded the limit of courses per term
  • If the courses are not eligible
  • If a waiver is submitted for a spouse and/or dependents prior to the employee successfully completing their probationary period

Questions?

Contact HR Client Services at hr@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5075.