How much will it cost me?
IEP Foundation Program
There are no course fees for participants in this Foundation program – Students are able to access language support, group career coaching and two foundation courses at no cost in the Fall Term. After the completion of the Foundation program students do have the option to take an additional fee-paying course in their professional field, at their own cost.
IEP Certificate Programs
The Certificate program course fees are currently paid in four installments over the 16-month period, beginning only two months after the start of the program. Students should budget approximately $5000.00 to cover their fees, if they are not able to get a bursary (see below).
Jumpstart to Success, the first program course is offered free of charge. Currently 50% the fees for the bridging program's next three foundation courses are subsidized with funding from the Ontario Government. Students then pay regular tuition fees for their five specialized courses.
Additionally, weekly English language support classes and ongoing job search support events are provided at no cost. Students in the program gain access to York University’s community, libraries and receive free job search support in areas including career coaching, alumni mentoring, networking, career and employment workshops, etc.
Are there opportunities for funding to cover the program fees?
After acceptance to the program Certificate Students can then apply to receive the OBPAP (Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program) when available and if they can demonstrate financial need. OBPAP is a bursary from the Ontario Government of up to $5000.00provided to students in bridge training who demonstrate financial need with assistance to pay their course fees (note the availability of this bursary and a student's qualification for it are guaranteed). If available from the Ontario Government, IEP students will receive notification from our office, and encouraged to apply through York University's Financial Services. We will aim to provide you with an assessment regarding your bursary eligibility before the fee payments are required. For more information on OBPAP (Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program) visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-bridge-training-bursary
IEP Community Loan Programs
IEP Students can also apply for micro-credit loans designed for Immigrants and Refugees returning to education through the Windmill Microlending or Access Community Capital. This can help with fee or areas not covered by the program such as textbook purchases, transportation, living costs and the non-refundable application fee. For information on micro-credit loans for IEPs visit Windmill Microlending (Formerly IAF) https://windmillmicrolending.org/ or Access Community Capital http://www.accessccf.com/Internationally_trained_individuals More information and details on fees and loan programs are available before applying at information sessions.