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International students withdrawing from classes due to the five-week strike in Ontario will receive a full refund for the fall semester, including international differential fees, say two Ontario colleges.

“Students, international and domestic, who withdraw are getting all of their tuition back,” a Centennial College official confirmed in an email. “They are only getting part of their service fees back because they had access to these services before and during the strike. However, the percentage hasn’t been determined yet.”

Service fees include gym membership, health insurance, bus passes and access to IT services.

Algonquin College informed students on its strike refund webpage that the full refund includes the $500 deposit and compulsory additional fees, except health care and bus passes. Both Centennial College and Algonquin College emphasized that students who choose to withdraw from classes will not be eligible to apply for the $500 hardship fund, which was established to support students that had unexpected expenses due to the strike.

Deadlines and procedures for the refund vary by institution, but Tanya Blazina, media relations officer at the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, says both full-time and part-time international students affected by the strike are eligible to apply.

“The request must be submitted to the college no later than two weeks after the re-start of classes,” said Blazina via email. “Students must submit an application in writing to their college of their intention to withdraw and the reasons why they are unable to compete the program or continuing education course, which must be strike related.”

Algonquin College instructs students to apply for the refund no later than December 5, 2017 or their request will not be processed.

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