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Reactivation - Return to York!

If you are returning to York to complete your degree (If you did not enrol in courses in the last fall/winter session) you must reactivate your record. Please follow the steps below to reactivate your record.

If you have already completed a degree at York and would like to apply for non-degree status so that you can enrol in undergraduate courses but not towards a degree or certificate program, please read the information on the Non-Degree page.

If you want to return to York to pursue a second degree or certificate program, please contact the Office of Admissions directly.

If you are a current student, considering changing your major, degree program or Faculty, please read the information on the Program Change page.

If you are unclear on any of the terminology used in this process, please read our Glossary of Terms page.

  • Step 1.
    General Information
  • Step 2.
    Frequently Asked Questions
  • Step 3.
    Reactivate Academic Record

The online reactivation tool requires you to have a Passport York account. If you came to York on or after 1982 and are having difficulties signing-in, follow the instructions on the Passport York Login page. If you last came to York before 1982, please contact Registrarial Services for assistance.

Expand Submission deadlines

  • You can submit Reactivation (return to last academic program) request starting from Jan 1 for Summer Session and March 1 for Fall/Winter Session. If you are submitting Reactivation with Faculty Transfer or Degree Change (different academic program) you can do so for Fall/Winter session only by following the time lines on the Program Change page. Requests submitted by February 1 for the summer session or May 1 for the fall/winter session will normally be processed by the beginning of the enrolment period for the relevant session. Requests submitted after these dates will be processed as soon as possible, but there is no guarantee that they will be processed before the enrolment period or the beginning of classes.
  • Reactivation requests will not be accepted after the last day to enrol in the term without permission of the instructor(s); for details, visit the Important Dates section of this Web site.
  • Reactivation requests can take up to four weeks to process.

Expand Courses Completed Elsewhere

  • If you completed courses at any other postsecondary institution since you were last at York without a Letter of Permission from York, you must reapply through the Office of Admissions.
  • If you completed courses at any other university while on a Letter of Permission from York, you must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.
  • You can search the ONTransfer database to see if there are some potential credits that you may get from York for courses taken at another institution.

Expand Restrictions

  • Students who were debarred or who failed to gain standing are not eligible for reactivation. Please reapply through the Office of Admissions directly.
  • Students will not be reactivated to a program that is no longer offered; you will be required to choose an alternate program of study.
  • Due to limited enrolment space and Faculty-specific requirements, approval of your reactivation request is not guaranteed. Certain programs have earlier deadlines for new transfers than others. If your requested program is no longer accepting reactivations for the session you want, you may apply for another future re-entry point.
  • If you have an outstanding debt, you may reactivate your academic record, but you will be blocked from enrolling.

Expand Changing Your Program While Reactivating

  • If you are considering changing your major, degree program or Faculty while reactivating your record, it is very important that you understand the information regarding eligibility and timelines on the Program Change page.

Expand Information for Former Arts and Atkinson Students

Expand Information for Pre-2006 Psychology, Nursing, Health Studies and Kinesiology Students

  • Be advised that your program has moved to the Faculty of Health. For more information about how this may affect your degree requirements, contact the Faculty's Advising Office.

Expand When do classes start and end?

  • Sessional dates are available in the Important Dates section of this Web site.

Expand What information is available to help me enrol in my courses?

  • For detailed instructions, enrolment dates and available courses, visit the Enrolment Guide section of this Web site.

Expand Money is tight; is there any financial assistance available?

Expand How much is tuition going to be?

  • Your fees depend on how many courses you enrol in, the program and the time you have been away from York. Visit the Fees section of the Student Financial Services Web site for more information on how fees are calculated and the different fee scenarios.

Expand How do I register and when do I have to pay my tuition?

  • You can enrol in courses as soon as your reactivation request is approved. There is no registration deposit required. Your fees will be due at the start of the session, and payment should be made through your bank. For detailed information on how to pay and fee payment due dates, please visit the Paying Your Student Account web page.

Expand I am an international student and require a letter for Citizenship and Immigration Canada for my Student Authorization; is such a letter available?

  • Yes, however, you must first reactivate your academic record. Once you become a registered active student (have enrolled in courses and paid the registration deposit) for the upcoming academic session, you may request a confirmation letter.
  • Important: if Citizenship and Immigration Canada does not approve you for study at York, it is your responsibility to de-enrol yourself from your courses before the tuition refund deadline; otherwise, you will be required to pay the full fees. Non-attendance of courses does not constitute withdrawal from the University. Visit the Refunds section of the Student Financial Services Web site for more information.

Expand Where should I go if I have more questions?

How do I check the status of my request after I submit it?

  • You can check the status of your reactivation request at any time by signing-in to the online request tool below. There, you may see that your request has been either:
    • Received.
    • Pending a decision/action (e.g. approval of program).
    • Denied because you did not satisfy the eligibility requirements or the program is no longer accepting reactivations.
    • Approved. Note: some requests require follow-up action.
  • If you have a request that is still pending and you want to submit a new request, you must first cancel your pending request.
  • If your change has been completed, you will see your new program on the drop-down menu of available programs in the online enrolment system the next time you enrol.

If you experienced any problems using this online request tool, please contact