COVID-19 Information for Applicants

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Thanks for your interest in George Brown College. We encourage you to apply for our 2020 fall semester, which will be delivered predominantly in alternative and remote format, ensuring your health and safety.

We’re excited to provide a robust experience this fall that will include responsive and energetic digital student services and supports. If you want to apply or if you’ve been accepted, take your next step now!

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While the fall semester won’t be typical, we hope you’ll join our community in September. We're proud to continue offering students the high-quality, career-focused programs and services you’d expect from George Brown College. And we’ll be ready to invite you on campus once public health authorities and government indicate that it is safe.

These are challenging times and we know you have many questions. Please check the FAQs below for details.

Planning for a safe and gradual return to campus

We're anticipating a gradual and phased return to campus that will begin when public health authorities and government indicate it’s safe to do so. Any decisions we make are guided by three priorities:

  • Protecting the health and safety of the George Brown College community
  • Upholding the quality of education George Brown is known for, no matter the format
  • Following the guidance and direction of public health authorities and government

Detailed safety plans and protocols are being developed to ensure your health and well-being when access to our campus resumes. 

Learn about our programs

Do you want to study with George Brown College but are unsure which program you want to take? Try our Program Finder, check our Program Availability, and compare your options with our Program Comparison tool.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE 

The college is currently closed but you can still discover what student life is like at George Brown. We continue to offer online campus tours and program information sessions. Check out different ways you can learn about us below: 

FAQs

We know you have many questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect your application and learning. We’re working to bring you answers as soon as decisions are made. Please see our FAQs below.

I haven't applied yet and I’m not sure if I should. What should I do?

We encourage you to apply. While our fall 2020 semester will be delivered predominantly in alternative and remote format, it will still provide you with the high-quality, career-focused education that George Brown College is known for.

We are committed to the health and safety of our students and are planning for a slow and gradual return to campus at a time and pace based on direction we receive from the government and public health officials.

We anticipate all aspects of programs will be fulfilled before graduation. The timing of when certain components of a program can be completed may shift depending on guidelines from public health officials.

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Can I accept my offer and change my mind later?

We encourage you to accept your offer. If you decide remote learning isn’t for you, you have until September 21, 2020 to withdraw from a program with a partial refund.

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Can I defer my acceptance to January or September 2021?

Domestic students with offers for September 2020 who want to defer to a future intake should contact admissions@georgebrown.ca. Your request will be reviewed based on availability and capacity. International students should contact their admissions officer (as per the contact details on your offer letter) or send an email request to intladmissons@georgebrown.ca.

Is there a chance part of the fall semester will be delivered on campus?

The 2020 fall semester will be delivered predominantly in alternative and remote format.

We anticipate a gradual, phased return to campus, which will begin when our public health authorities and government indicate that it is safe to do so. Detailed safety and logistic plans are currently being developed to ensure that we can return to campus safely when access becomes available.

How will I get the hands-on learning I expect from college?

Providing hands-on opportunities for students to develop skills is a vital part of how we deliver learning at George Brown. But protecting the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance during this unprecedented time for the college, the province and the country.

We are planning for a variety of scenarios, but how we operate will depend on the direction we receive from the government and public health officials. We will provide updates here as soon as those details become available.

What about programs with work integrated learning (FIELD PLACEMENTS, CO-OP, INTERNSHIPS, ETC.)?

We are waiting for further direction from the government about timing, but we anticipate that all aspects of programs will be fulfilled before graduation. Please note that the timing of certain components may shift depending on guidelines from public health officials.

Students can contact the program coordinator to confirm the status of work-integrated learning opportunities. Students may make arrangements to work remotely, if possible and agreed to by the student, employer, and coordinator/officer.


Financial Aid and Tuition

Will changes due to COVID-19 affect OSAP eligibility?

OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) applications for 2020-21 are now open. You can visit ontario.ca/osap for more information and to submit your application. To learn more about OSAP and George Brown Financial Aid, visit georgebrown.ca/apply/financial-aid/osap.

This section will be updated if and when more information becomes available from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

We encourage you to accept your offer and we hope to welcome you soon to the George Brown community.

Are there changes for the 2020 fall semester tuition deposit?

In recognition of the financial pressures caused by COVID-19, we have reduced the minimum tuition deposit fee for the 2020 fall semester by 50 per cent. This reduced deposit fee does not affect your tuition amount.

Students who wish to register for the fall semester will now be expected to pay the following non-refundable deposits by June 22:

  • Domestic students – $250 deposit (previously $500)
  • Returning international students – $2,000 deposit (previously $4,000)

Please note: New international students are still required to pay the full first semester fees to accept their offer and confirm their registration.

Will there be tuition reductions because programs are delivered remotely?

While the format for the fall semester will be different, we remain committed to helping you build the skills and experience you need to kick-start your career. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery, including instruction, assessment and administration, all of which is still taking place. These fees also support the many student support services that are now being delivered online, including virtual counselling sessions, tutoring, career advising, Accessible Learning Services and more. Tuition is not specific to location or mode of delivery.  With this in mind, we will not be offering discounts for the fall semester. This applies to both domestic and international students. George Brown remains committed to helping students successfully complete their programs, and we will continue to ensure that learning outcomes are met while programs are being delivered through alternative and remote format. 

Will student grants or awards in the upcoming school year be impacted by COVID-19?

Student grants and awards are expected to go ahead as usual. Please refer to the college’s Awards and Scholarships page for more information on applying for bursaries and scholarships.


International students

Will international students still be accepted for the fall semester?

Yes, we are accepting international applications, but please note that programming for the 2020 fall semester will be delivered remotely.

How will remote delivery learning schedules work for students in different time zones?

Whether course delivery is synchronous (in real time) or asynchronous (completed in student’s own time) is up to your program coordinator.

Once you’ve registered for your courses, connect with your program coordinator for details of remote delivery learning schedules.

Can I begin my program from my home country without a valid study permit or study permit approval? How will this affect my eligibility for Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)?

Yes, you can begin your program outside of Canada without a valid study permit or study permit approval. However, international students are required to have the following in relation to their studies contributing to Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility:

  • a valid study permit, or
  • approval for a study permit, or
  • implied status for a study permit

If a student begins their program online without a valid study permit, approval for a study permit or implied status for a study permit, the study time  will NOT be counted towards PGWPP eligibility. 

In addition, international students are responsible for ensuring they have a valid study permit when their program transitions to in-person or in-class delivery.

I have been approved for a study permit from my home country, but am unable to travel to Canada due to travel restrictions. Can I begin my program online in fall 2020? If so, how will this affect my eligibility for PGWPP?

For students with a valid study permit or study permit approval, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the following:

  • Eligibility for the PGWPP will not be affected for students who begin their studies in fall 2020, and whose in-class courses are moved to an online-only format as a result of COVID-19. 
  • International students in this situation may begin their classes outside Canada and may complete up to 50 per cent of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner. 
  • These students will not have time deducted from the length of their work permit for any period of study completed outside of Canada up to December 31, 2020.

For more information, please see the IRCC website.

Can I travel to Canada at this time?

If you have a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you’re exempt from the travel restrictions to Canada.

If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by an airline before you’ll be allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When you arrive in Canada, your health will be assessed before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms.

Should I travel to Canada if I am exempt from travel restrictions even though my program has been suspended/cancelled for the fall 2020 semester?

We encourage students whose programs have been suspended for the fall 2020 semester NOT to travel to Canada now, and instead wait and travel closer to the new, deferred program start date.

Please note: Your entry into Canada is at the discretion of the Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA) officer at the port of entry (airport or land border), even if you are considered exempt from travel restrictions. In addition, you will not have health insurance coverage from the college for the period that you are not registered in your program and you are NOT legally allowed to work on or off campus in Canada before your program begins.

Can I work off campus this fall if my fall semester program has been suspended/cancelled and I’m in Canada?

No, you cannot work off campus if you are not currently studying and registered in an academic program. One of the requirements of the off-campus work eligibility criteria states that you must have started studying. Therefore, you are only eligible once your program begins/starts.


Student supports and resources

Will there be a new student orientation?

All in-person activities are cancelled due to COVID-19, but we do provide an online orientation for new full-time students.

Students will receive details in their college email later this summer.

How can I connect with students across the college?

While we’re off campus students can still connect with other students in the following ways:

Remote learning is new to me. Where can I find support?

Check out our Online Learning site for tips and resources on how to be a successful remote learner. It offers five modules you can complete at your own pace.

Students can also find academic support at our Tutoring and Learning Centre (TLC). The TLC offers online services including real-time chats.

And our Library Learning Commons staff are available online to help students with research questions.

 I have a disability and I'm worried about remote learning. Where can I find support?

Students can register with Accessible Learning Services for academic supports. Accessible Learning Services provides academic, career, and well-being supports online or by phone. 

Will I have to buy special software or equipment for a remote program?

Students can connect with their program coordinators to confirm remote technology requirements for their courses. 

All full-time students have access to AppsAnywhere. You can find information at georgebrown.ca/current-students/websites-apps-and-technical-support/appsanywhere


Student residence

Will spaces in student residence be available for the 2020 fall semester?

A decision has not been made yet regarding the fall semester. All residence information is being updated and published on the residence website at georgebrown.ca/residence. If you have any additional questions, please email info@georgebrownresidence.ca