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Enrolment FAQ

How do I enrol in a course?
You can enrol in Chang School courses online, in person, or by mail. Visit How to Enrol in a Course for full instructions.

Are all courses scheduled every term?
No, not all courses are scheduled every term. Check the available course sections on course description pages for scheduling.

Where do I find a course’s start and end dates?
The course description for each course includes start and end dates for each of the terms in which it is offered.

Is space available in the course I’m planning to take?
Course availability is indicated on a real-time basis for terms open for enrolment. Visit the course description page for details.

Requisites

What are prerequisites and corequisites?

  • A Prerequisite is a course you must have already completed to enrol in a course that requires it.  Check individual course descriptions for details about prerequisites.
  • A Corequisite is a course you must complete before or at the same time as another course.

How do I find out if a course has any specific admission prerequisites?
Check individual course descriptions for specific prerequisites listed under "Requisites."

In some cases, your prior professional experience might serve as a substitute for a prerequisite. In other cases, you may be asked to provide transcripts, and possibly course descriptions or outlines of courses taken elsewhere that may also fill the prerequisite requirement.

Visit Academic Bridging Courses (ABCs) to find out how you can fill the prerequisite requirements you need to be considered for admission to a Chang School certificate program. Note: Academic Bridging Courses are continuing education equivalents, and do not count as Grade 12 U courses or high school credits. They cannot be used towards obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Can a course prerequisite be waived if I have already completed an equivalent course at another post-secondary institution?
A course prerequisite waiver may be requested if an equivalent course has already been completed at an accredited university or college. The minimum grade requirement for a course from an accredited university is 60 percent (‘C-’) and the minimum grade requirement for a course from an accredited college is 70 percent (‘B-’).

To request a prerequisite waiver, please email ce@ryerson.ca with your name, Ryerson Student Number, an attached unofficial transcript showing the completed prerequisite, and the course code and section for which you are requesting a prerequisite waiver.

What do I do if I don’t have my Grade 12 U courses?
Sometimes students are not accepted into the Ryerson’s full-time degree programs because they don’t have all the required Grade 12 U (or high school equivalency) courses. This doesn’t mean you have to go back to high school – we offer Grade 12 U-level courses in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics during the evenings.

For more information, see Academic Bridging Courses (ABCs).

Note: Academic Bridging Courses (ABCs) are continuing education equivalents, and do not count as Grade 12 U courses or high school credits. They cannot be used towards obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

What is an Interview or Placement Assessment, and how do I find out if a course requires one?
Some Chang School certificate programs and courses require you to attend an interview or placement assessment before you register. Please review certificate admission criteria and course prerequisites to determine if an interview is required.

For further information, contact The Chang School at 416-979-5035 or ce@ryerson.ca.

Financial Matters

Is financial aid available to help me pay my tuition fees?
See Awards and Financial Assistance for detailed information about merit-based awards and need-based bursaries and government assistance available to Chang School students.

Can I get OSAP for continuing education courses?
It is possible to receive government assistance to study through The Chang School. Please note, however, that the following restrictions apply:

  1. You must be registered in an approved certificate program.
  2. All the courses you take must count toward your certificate requirements.
  3. Your course load determines which type of OSAP application to submit (full-time and part-time OSAP applications are unique and based on your course load).

For complete details and the most up-to-date information on OSAP, visit Ryerson's Student Financial Assistance website and expand the "Chang School Certificates" tab.

How do I pay my course fees?
See Fees to find information about how and when to pay, fee rates, fee policies, ancillary fees and service charges, refunds, and more. All fees must be paid in full at time of enrolment. Any students with outstanding fees will be required to clear their debt before any further enrolments are processed.

International Students: After enrolling and paying for your course, you are required to obtain a valid Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for your period of study if your studies will last longer than six months. Contact Ryerson's International Student Support Office  for more information.

Will I receive an income tax receipt (T2202A) for my course?
Tuition, education, and textbook amounts certificates (T2202A) will be available online at my.ryerson.ca by the end of February if your fees per course enrolment per term are $100 or more.

For more information please visit the Office of the Registrar’s Fees – Tax Receipts webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the ServiceHub.

Policies and Procedures

Where can I find information about important dates such as enrolment periods, withdrawal, transfer, and grade appeal deadlines?
Important Dates lists important dates for the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms.

Where can I find out about Ryerson’s formal policies on issues such as refunds, withdrawals, transfers, letters of permission, grades, and appeals?
See Policies to familiarize yourself with important policy information before enrolling.

When do I enrol for the course I’m planning to take? Is there a cut-off date?
Enrolment periods are listed on the Important Dates page.

You can enrol in courses right up until the time the course starts; however, courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of our courses are very popular and fill up long before the start date of classes. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to enrol as early as possible.

Certificate Registration

Should I register in a certificate program as well as in my chosen courses?
On your resumé, saying that you have successfully completed a certificate in a coherent program of study can credibly demonstrate a fully developed skill. If you're pretty sure you would like to complete a certificate, it’s wise to register as soon as possible. See Certificate Registration for more information.

One other advantage of being a certificate student is that you will have priority enrolment privileges in the future. This means that before each new term, for a specified period of time, certificate students are able to enrol in courses before any other new or returning students. Also, only courses taken AFTER registration in the certificate will be included in your grade point average (GPA), although you will still receive credit for any previous courses you’ve taken.

Note: You must register in a certificate program before you finish 50 percent of the program’s course requirements.

Textbooks and Course Materials

How can I find out which texts to buy for an in-class course?
At your first class session, your instructor will provide a course outline detailing course content, assignments, evaluation break-down, and a list of the required texts and materials. Often during this first class, time is taken out to ensure you can get to the Ryerson University Campus Store before it closes. Unless you are enrolled in a week-long intensive course that requires advance preparation, you will not be expected to have prepared anything for the first class.

How do students in online courses find out which texts to buy, and how do they order them?
Students in online courses can access information about course materials at the Online Learning Course Materials page. Students can then order and purchase the materials online through the Ryerson University Campus Store, or they can visit the campus store and purchase the materials in person.