Registration and Fees

Registration: 2022-23 Academic Year

Please review all instructions and relevant dates thoroughly prior to registering for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • Fees assessment will take place on July 18, 2022; your 2022-23 academic year fees will be visible on ACORN as of that date. Please consult the Student Accounts website for fee and refund schedules, payment procedures, and related information. When navigating the Student Accounts website please note that your academic division is ‘Graduate Studies, School of’.
  • The registration deadline for the 2022 Fall session is September 16.
    • In order to meet the registration deadline it is recommended that students register by September 1.  If making a payment, students are responsible for ensuring that their payment reaches the University by the registration deadline.  The transfer of funds from major Canadian financial institutions normally takes three to five business days. However, transfers from Canadian credit unions and financial institutions from outside Canada can take significantly longer.
    • Failure to register by the deadline will result in the cancellation of the student’s course enrolment.
    • Registration may be possible after the deadline. However, a late fee will be applied.
  • MEng students are registered upon payment of fees.
    • Interest will be charged monthly on any Fall session fees outstanding past September 30, 2022.  For students registering for both the Fall and Winter sessions, Winter session fees are due by November 30, 2022, and are subject to monthly interest charges beginning December 15, 2022.
    • A student cannot remain registered in a given session if they do not enrol in at least one academic activity (i.e., a course or a project).  Failure to enrol in an academic activity will result in cancellation of the student’s registration and potential financial penalty.  Please consult the ECE Graduate Office if you are considering temporarily stopping-out of the program.
  • MASc and PhD students are registered upon payment of fees or approval of a request to register without payment.
    • Students in their period of guaranteed funding (i.e., MASc years one and two; PhD years one through four) should request to register without payment through ACORN.
      • Select ‘Tuition Fee Deferral’ within the Finances section of the menu on the left side of the screen.
      • If you are unable to successfully register without payment through ACORN, please consult the ECE Graduate Office.
    • If eligible, students beyond their period of guaranteed funding may request to register without payment by submitting a ‘Register Without Payment’ form to the ECE Graduate Office.
      • Please note that there is separate form for each academic session. If you require a form to defer your fees, please ensure that you download and fill out the form for the appropriate session.
    • Students who are approved to register without payment on the basis of a graduate funding package may carry a balance in their fees account until April 30, 2023, without accruing any interest charges.  Fees are due by April 30, 2023, and are subject to monthly interest charges as of May 15, 2023.
  • Continuing students who will not register for the 2022 Fall session, but will instead start their 2022-23 academic year in the 2023 Winter session, should consult the ECE Graduate Office for information on registration and payment deadlines.
    • For new students who will commence their program of study in the 2023 Winter session, the registration deadline is January 13, 2023.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are posted in your fees account on ACORN. Tuition and fee schedules, refund schedules, and other important fees-related matters are published by Student Accounts.

Some international students may be eligible to pay domestic program fees.

  • Eligibility information can be found on the Student Accounts website.
  • If you have been charged international program fees, but are eligible to pay domestic program fees, you must present proof of status to the School of Graduate Studies. SGS will adjust your tuition accordingly.
  • Nov. 1, 2022 is the deadline to update your status with the SGS for the change to be effective for the Fall Session; Feb. 1, 2023 is the deadline for the change to be effective for the Winter Session.

Some students who were registered during or before the Winter 2020 session may be eligible to ‘Register With Tuition Exemption On Basis of Progress Delays due to COVID-19’ in their final session of registration if they had been making good progress prior to March 2020, and then their progress was significantly impeded due to COVID-19 pandemic-related impacts.

  • Students who meet the basic criteria outlined above may email the Graduate Office at to request full eligibility information and application instructions.
  • The deadline to apply for the Winter 2023 session is December 11, 2022.
  • Unfortunately, students who first registered in the Summer 2020 session or later are not eligible to apply as per SGS policy.