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Adjustments and Credits

Tuition Policy for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Purpose

To provide students who have a continuing or permanent disability, which requires a reduced course load (2.0 credits) with an accommodation of "per-credit tuition billing". To be eligible, you must have a relevant disability with supporting documentation from a qualified health professional, and a recommendation for this accommodation from the Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (SWAC).

Policy

  1. Students registered with the Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (SWAC) and who have provided satisfactory documentation to support a permanent or continuing disability may be eligible for per-credit billing.
  2. Students who register with SWAC and are not eligible for per-credit billing may be eligible for a tuition waiver. In such cases, students must be taking a reduced course load of 2.0 credits as a result of their disability. This applies to students who:
    • Have documentation that is out of date or is incomplete with regards to a permanent disability (e.g. a learning disability).
    • Have a recognized permanent disability, but were not registered with SWAC before the end of the Course Add Period.
    • Experience a temporary disability such as those resulting from a significant injury.
    • Have a disability for which the duration is uncertain.

Process

What Students Need to Know:

  1. You are required to provide documentation to SWAC according to Humber College’s standards for establishing the existence of a relevant disability.
  2. Your documentation will be held in confidence and any information shared with Student Financial Services will exclude details pertaining to the nature of the disability.
  3. SWAC may require a meeting with you to complete the process. For an appointment, call 416.675.5090 or email accessible-learning@humber.ca
  4. Once SWAC is satisfied that you qualify, a SWAC Advisor must notify Student Financial Services of the recommended accommodation before the last day of the Add/Drop period.
  5. This process only needs to be completed once.

Billing and Refunds

  1. Students who are to be charged tuition on a per-credit basis will be billed using the per-credit tuition amount when enrolled in 2.0 credits at the end of the “Add/Drop Period”.
  2. Students who register in 2.5 credits at the end of the “Add/Drop Period” are not eligible for the tuition billing accommodation. The tuition refund policy (hyperlink to new GH page) will apply to you.

Definitions

Note: This policy is supplementary to Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities as approved by the University of Guelph Senate. Definitions and standards set out in that document take precedence. Only items that do not appear in that document are defined below.

  • Permanent disabilities have the same definition as established by OSAP.
  • Continuing disabilities are recognized by the University of Guelph-Humber with the same limitations and restrictions on daily activities as permanent disabilities. However, continuing disabilities include some conditions that a health professional cannot certify will endure for a lifetime, but will persist on a long-term basis and at least five years (e.g. some mental health conditions).
  • Per-credit billing is the process whereby full-time students with a permanent or continuing disability are billed at the part-time student tuition and fees rate, which is based on the number of registered courses.
  • A tuition waiver is a reimbursement for the cost of tuition for 0.5 credits. Based on the eligibility criteria described above, it can be obtained by a student with a disability who paid for full-time tuition at the beginning of the semester but was only registered for 2.0 credits up until the 40th class day.
  • The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government-funded assistance program of grants and loans for students to attend a post-secondary institution. This program is based on financial need and is intended to supplement your resources.
  • Student Financial Services is a department within the Office of Registrarial Services that manages student accounts, government aid programs, and institutional awards.

Documentation Guidelines

To protect the integrity of a rigorous academic environment, we require documentation verifying the existence of a disability from a registered health professional who is authorized to make a relevant diagnosis.  This documentation must describe the functional limitations experienced by the student.

If you suspect you might have a disability and you are in the process of being assessed by a doctor, please contact us to inquire about possible interim assistance.

Accommodations can be made for both permanent and temporary disabilities. If you experience a disability that is not described below, please contact SWAC at 416.675.5090 or email accessible-learning@humber.ca for more information.  You can also visit: https://humber.ca/student-life/swac/accessible-learning/information-new-students/disability-documentation-requirements.