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FAQ's

Have questions? We’ll bet others have had the same ones, so we put answers to some of the most commonly asked questions all in one place for you…

  1. How do I apply for college?
  2. I am not sure what program I want to take. Who can help?
  3. How can I get my College transcripts?
  4. How do I get a copy of my high school transcripts?
  5. What is a Mature Student and what is a Mature Student Assessment?
  6. How do I find out if a course I took at another postsecondary institution is equivalent to one at Confederation College?
  7. Where and when do I pay tuition?
  8. My schooling was completed outside of Canada. How do I submit my transcripts?
  9. How do I apply to return to the College to complete a program?
  10. Can I change my program selection after I have accepted an offer to another program?
  11. I have completed some dual credit courses.  How does this affect my application?
  12. I have previously been a student at Confederation College. Do I need to resubmit all of my transcripts?
  13. I have received a Waitlist letter for my program choice. Does this mean I will not get a seat?
  14. Can I find out where I am on a waitlist?  
  15. My offer says it is conditional. What does this mean? 
  16. I do not have high enough marks or the prerequisites to get into my program of choice. Do I have options?

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How do I apply for college?  

You need to apply online through OCAS at ontariocolleges.ca. There is a $95.00 application fee payable directly to the ontariocolleges.ca application site. Please note: your application will not be released to our College until your application fee has been received and processed by the application site.

I am not sure what program I want to take. Who can help?

You can contact one of our Recruitment Officers by calling (807) 475-6110 and making an appointment to discuss your options. We also have comprehensive program information available on each of our full-time programs at www.confederationc.on.ca/programs. Visit each individual program page for detailed information.

How can I get my College transcripts?

If you have attended Confederation College in the past, we will automatically transfer your academic history to your new application. If you have attended another postsecondary institution in Ontario, you can request your transcripts through the ontariocolleges.ca application site at an additional cost. These transcripts would be sent electronically to the colleges you have applied to. If you have attended a postsecondary institution outside of Ontario, you would need to send an official transcript to our College for assessment.

How do I get a copy of my high school transcripts?

Students will need to contact their high school directly and request one. Most school’s charge a $5 -$10 transcript fee. Students who have graduated over 5 years ago or whose high school has since closed will possibly need to contact their local school board directly. (e.g. Lakehead Public School Board)

What is a Mature Student and what is a Mature Student Assessment (MSA)?

A mature student is an applicant who is 19 years of age or older (on or before a program begins) and who does not possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or its equivalent.

The Mature Student Assessment is an internal College evaluation for individual applicants. The evaluation covers Reading Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Numerical Operations and Problem Solving.

The MSA does have an associated fee payable at test time. For additional information regarding the current fee or the MSA process and bookings, please contact our Testing Centre at (807) 475-6476.

Please be advised that successful completion of the MSA does not guarantee admission into a program. For best admission consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply before our February 1st, equal consideration deadline to be considered for a first-round offer. If programs have specific admission requirements (i.e. Technical Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics), these admission requirements would need to be met in addition to completing the MSA.

How do I find out if a course I took at another postsecondary institution is equivalent to one at Confederation College?

You will need to fill out a transfer credit form which can be obtained online at www.confederationc.on.ca/admissions/transfercredits. Attach the course outline as well as a transcript of marks to the application form. There is either a $25 or $50 fee that will be applied depending on the number of courses being submitted for review. Bring the transfer credit form into the Registrar’s Office where it will be assessed and you will be notified of the outcome by email.

Where and when do I pay tuition?

There are many options available to you for making tuition payments, go to www.confederationc.on.ca/admissions/onlinepayments for more information. Tuition due dates will be listed on your Offer of Admission. Please be advised, you do risk losing your seat in your confirmed program choice if you do not make the tuition payment by the deadline date indicated on your Offer of Admission.

My schooling was completed outside of Canada. How do I submit my transcripts?

All applicants applying to Confederation College who have completed education outside of Canada must have documents/credentials assessed to Canadian educational standards. We would require a complete course-by-course assessment of your high school and postsecondary transcripts. The applicant will need to send official copies of their documents to one of the assessment agencies listed below. Please be advised these assessments can take some time to come back.

www.icascanada.ca

www.wes.org

All applicants who are internationally trained and are not a resident of Canada - please contact our International Education Centre at (807) 475-6467 or international@confederationc.on.ca for assistance. Applicants may be directed to one of our International Agents depending on their location.

How do I apply to return to the College to complete a program?

If you are applying to be re-admitted or to transfer into the 2nd semester or the 2nd or 3rd year of a program, please complete our Application for Re-Admission.

Any applicants looking to enter the 1st semester of a program at Confederation College must apply online at ontariocolleges.ca.

Can I change my program selection after I have accepted an offer to another program?

You can make changes to your current application by simply logging into ontariocolleges.ca and adding or deleting program choices. This is dependent on program availability. Applicants can have up to three program choices at one college and five program choices in total. You may have to delete a program choice in order to accommodate the additional program. There is no additional charge to make these changes.

I have completed some dual credit courses. How does this affect my application?

These courses can possibly be used towards College credit exemptions, but will not provide applicants with preferential treatment in admission decisions.

I have previously been a student at Confederation College. Do I need to resubmit all of my transcripts?

We recommend that you contact the Admissions department directly. If you were recently a full-time student (less than 4 years ago) in a full-time postsecondary program, we likely have your high school and any other postsecondary transcripts you previously submitted entered in our system. If you have previously attended Confederation College, your academic history will be in our system and there is no need to submit your Confederation transcripts.

I have received a Waitlist letter for my program choice. Does this mean I will not get a seat?

A waitlist letter means that we have exceeded the number of available program seats. There is a chance we may extend more offers, but this generally will not take place until after our May 1st confirmation deadline date. Waitlist calls will depend on the number of confirmations for the program and if we have received any withdrawals.

Can I find out where I am on a Waitlist?

Waitlists are scored and ranked by the first week in March. You can call us to learn the approximate location of your name on the waitlist. Please note: our waitlists are constantly changing as midterm and final marks are submitted, and as we have more applicants become eligible for the program.

My offer says it is conditional. What does this mean?

A conditional offer means we are waiting for final admission requirements to be met. For direct from high school applicants, this could mean that we are waiting for your final semester 2 marks or your Ontario Secondary School Diploma graduation date. For current college or university students, we may be waiting for final course marks or program graduation information. Applicants will have a deadline date to submit any outstanding requirements. This date is generally set towards the end of July.

I do not have high enough marks or the prerequisites to get into my program of choice. Do I have options?

Confederation College offers programs that will assist you in achieving your goal, such as Pre-Health Sciences, Pre-Technology, College Access, General Arts and Science, and Academic Upgrading. Please contact one of our Recruitment Officers by calling (807) 475-6110 to make an appointment in which you can further discuss your options.