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If you are a graduate of an Ontario high school, AND your high school uses the electronic transcript management process, you will be able to request a transcript as a step in your online application through ontariocolleges.ca. If your high school is not on this list, you will need to contact your guidance office directly and request that they send your transcript to ontariocolleges.ca. For more information on requesting your transcripts, see the Former Ontario High School Students section of our Transcripts page.
For programs beginning in the Fall, the equal consideration date is February 1st. After February 1st, the colleges consider applications on a first-come, first-served basis.
Many colleges offer programs that start at other times during the year. To find a program that is currently accepting applications, view our list of open programs. For more information, please contact the Admissions office of the college to which you wish to apply. For links to Ontario's colleges, see our Contact the Colleges page.
Remember, it's never too late to apply! Get started in our How to Apply section.
You can pay for your application four ways:
- Online. With Visa (including Visa Debit), MasterCard, American Express and Interac Online. We do not recommend using pre-paid credit cards.
- Online banking. For online banking, you'll need your 9-digit application number.
- By phone. You can Contact Us to pay over the phone using a credit card. We accept Visa (including Visa Debit), MasterCard and American Express.
- Mailing a Certified Cheque / Money Order. Make the certified cheque or money order payable to ‘ontariocolleges.ca’ and be sure to include your 9-digit application number as well. For our mailing address, see our Contact Us page.
For more information on the application fee, see our Application Fees page.
To confirm an offer, log in to your account and go to the View Offers screen. Click on the “Confirm Offer” button next to the offer you wish to accept. Then, when you’re sure, click “Yes, I do wish to confirm this offer”. Your offer is then considered accepted and we will notify the college of your decision. You will also receive an email confirmation from ontariocolleges.ca.
To make changes to your application, log in to your ontariocolleges.ca account. You can make as many changes to your program choices as you like, with no additional charge, as long as the choices all fall within the same school year. Keep in mind, however, that any changes made after the Equal Consideration Date may affect your chances of getting into a program, as applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you wish to apply to programs beginning in the next academic year, you will need to create a new application and pay another application fee.
You can get help with the online application in the following ways:
You can select up to 5 program choices on your application, with a maximum of 3 choices for any single college. It's not possible to pay extra or to submit a second application for more choices. However, you can make changes to the programs you've selected at any time by logging in to your application and selecting the Program Choices option from the left-column navigation.
The documents required for international applicants will vary from program to program. For detailed information about applying as an international applicant and about specific documents, visit our International Applicants page.
For programs that start in the Fall, colleges can start sending out offers of admission on the Equal Consideration Date and will continue to send them out until programs are full or wait-lists are established. Offers for programs that start at other times of the year will have different deadlines. Contact the colleges directly for more information.
You can request your college / university transcripts through the online application. You will need to request one transcript for each college that you want to apply to. For more information, see the Ontario Public College or University Students / Graduates section of our Transcripts page.