Full-time first year students at Sault College are going to have a different experience this upcoming year as the college extends its withdrawal period, with no financial or academic penalty, to Oct. 9, 2020.
Students who choose to do so will receive a full refund, including their tuition fees and ancillary fees.
This extension, currently only offered to fall-semester starts, is to allow students the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding their post-secondary education during COVID-19.
“Beginning post-secondary education is a decision that can be life-changing, and we understand the complexity of this decision particularly given the current COVID-19 situation and the changes to the way we will be delivering programming in the fall semester,” said Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College. “We are focused on helping our students succeed and providing them with the tools to do so is paramount. This extension for withdrawal is one more way we can support them in their decision to pursue post-secondary education.”
In a release issued on Wednesday, the college also plans to offer programs either remotely or semi-remotely/semi in-class, without sacrificing quality, in order to "keep staff and students safe and healthy."
“We acknowledge and realize that our students have big questions about what the college experience will look like when they begin their studies in fall 2020. With the college decision to extend the withdrawal date to Oct. 9 students will feel confident about enrolling in the fall knowing that they and their learning experience are important priorities. This decision is also a reflection of the confidence the College has in relation to the quality of education regardless of the mode of delivery,” said Ahmad Alkosani, President, Sault College Students’ Union.
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