UPEI, Holland College introduce changes to tuition deposit to ensure judicious use of PALs


The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors has approved an increase to the tuition deposit required from international applicants in preparation for the Government of Canada’s provincial attestation letter (PAL) requirements. International student applicants will be expected to provide a $5K deposit, up from $1K, which will be largely refundable if the applicant’s student visa is denied by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. UPEI states that the change is intended to ensure that international applicants are serious about their plans to come to the institution. UPEI says that Holland College is making similar changes.