All international students are subject to the Bow Valley College international tuition and fees rate unless they are considered exempt (see heading “Am I Eligible for Domestic Tuition” below). An exempt international student is eligible for domestic tuition rate if they fall under one of the eligible student groups.

Domestic Tuition

The domestic tuition rate is charged to students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, refugee and protected person.

International Tuition

All international students are subject to the Bow Valley College international tuition and fees rate unless they are considered exempt. An exempt international student is eligible for domestic tuition rate if they fall under one of the eligible student groups.

Am I Eligible for Domestic Tuition?

An exempt international student is eligible for domestic tuition rate if they fall under one of the eligible student groups below:

A citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act, or a person of Indigenous, First Nations, or Métis ancestry under the relevant federal law.

A permanent resident of Canada as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This includes:

  • A person who has been granted “permanent resident” status and has not had that status revoked.
  • A person who has met all the preliminary requirements for permanent resident status and presents a copy of the letter which confirms that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has accepted their application for permanent resident status.
  • An applicant who has been determined to be a convention refugee or a person in need of protection by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. A student eligible for international fee exemption as a protected person is to present a protected person status document issued under section 31(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a "notice of decision" issued by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada or by the Immigration and Refugee Board.
  • Applicant for convention refugee status prior to 1989: a person admitted to and remaining in Canada, who applied for convention refugee status prior to Jan. 1, 1989, and their spouse and dependents. The applicant must provide documentation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada indicating that their application for convention refugee status was made prior to Jan. 1, 1989, or a letter indicating their exemption from the requirement for employment authorization.

An official visitor is a foreign representative who, with official accreditation from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, has entered Canada or is in Canada to carry out official duties:

  • as a diplomatic agent or consular officer
  • as a government-accredited representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies, or of any intergovernmental organizations of which Canada is a member. A spouse or dependent family member or a member of the staff of any such official visitor is also exempt from international student tuition fees.
  • as a member of a foreign military force or of a civilian component thereof, admitted to Canada under the Visiting Forces Act, and the family members of such personnel.

Change to Permanent Resident

International students on a study permit who become permanent residents of Canada may be eligible to pay domestic tuition if they provide the necessary documents (proof of PR) before the first day of classes.

International students on a study permit who become convention refugees or protected persons may be eligible to pay domestic tuition if they provide the necessary documents (notice of decision) before the first day of classes.

Required Documents


List of documents
Canadian Citizen Canadian Passport OR Birth Certificate
Permanent Resident Canadian PR Card OR Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CORP) , previously a Record of Landing
Dependents of PR Canadian PR Card of the parent OR Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CORP) , previously a Record of Landing) of the Parent AND Proof of relationship
Convention Refugee (Protected Person) Notice of Decision issued by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Dependents of Convention Refugee Notice of Decision issued by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada of the Parent
Official Visitor Diplomatic and/or official visa Diplomatic Appointment Confirmation Letter

The IRPR definition of a dependent child can be found here.

Refugee claimants are not eligible to pay domestic tuition fee. Also, refugee claimants will be required to hold a study permit to study. Refugee claimants cannot take advantage of the exemption from Study permit exemption[R188(1)]-short term study. Refugee claimants with existing temporary resident status may attend a short-term course of study as long as they complete the course within the period of their authorized stay.


  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

Your cart is currently empty.

Browse Available Courses

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Learn more in our privacy policy