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University waives tuition fees for students from nine First Nations communities – The Varsity

October 16, 2023

U of T recognizes 1794 treaty by charging domestic rates to Indigenous students from US

On September 22, U of T announced its new Indigenous Tuition Initiative, which will waive tuition fees for students from nine First Nations communities whose territories “are situated on or adjacent to” the St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough campuses, according to U of T News. The university won’t charge tuition to students from Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Nation Hurrone-Wendat/Huron-Wendat First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga Mohawk), and Six Nations of the Grand River.

U of T began charging Indigenous students living outside of Ontario the domestic provincial tuition rate in May 2022. As part of the new initiative, the university will also charge Native American or Alaska Native students from the continental United States the domestic Ontario tuition rate. The decision recognizes the Jay Treaty of 1794, which allows for free movement for Indigenous peoples between the US and Canada.

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