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What is an AEC Program?

It is an attestation of collegial studies (attestation d’etudes collegiales).

Does an AEC qualify me for admission to a university program?

That would depend on your other qualifications. The best would be for you to see with the university where you would like to study if you meet the necessary requirements. Do note that AEC courses do not count toward a university education and do not replace a DEC (diploma of collegial studies).

Are the classes held in the morning, afternoon or evening? What is the daily AEC schedule?

This depends on each program. To get more detailed information about the schedule, we invite you to sign up for an info session for your desired program.

Does an AEC program qualify me for a PEQ?

No, it does not as the AEC programs offered at Dawson do not meet the necessary requirements related to hours of training (minimum 1800 hours).

How do I talk to an advisor?

Please consult the Academic Advising webpage to see how to get in touch with an advisor.

I have a hearing, visual, motor (mobility) or organic impairment, a learning disability, a neurological and/or mental health disorder and require help in order to participate in the courses effectively. What are my options?

In order to find out which options are offered to you, we encourage you to contact Dawson’s Student AccessAbility Centre  for more information. Please note that you will have to submit documentation in order to benefit from their services and do take note of their important dates.

Can I receive loans and bursaries for my studies?

Please consult the Financial Aid webpage for more information about loans and bursaries and how to apply.

Future AEC Students

Application Process

How do I apply for an AEC program?

To see which programs are accepting applications, go to .

Once you have selected your program, click the green “Apply” button to access the Application Centre. Create your Network account or log in with your existing Dawson credentials. Scroll to the bottom to choose AEC Programs  and start your application.

How do I submit/upload my application documents?

Once you have completed all sections of your online application, you will be prompted to upload your documents (transcripts, proof of legal status, birth certificate, letter of intent, resume, evaluation of studies).

If you are missing any documents, you can always log back into the Application Centre using the username (email address) and the password you used when you created your network account. Once back in the application centre, you can upload any remaining required documents. You would have until the application deadline to do so.

For detailed application steps, please see each program’s Admissions Requirement tab on each program’s webpage.

I don’t have my high school transcript. Is that ok?

It is preferrable that you submit your high school transcript. If you cannot submit your high school transcript, please upload a letter to the Application Centre that explains why you cannot do that. Please make sure that you submit any other transcripts from your educational history.

Is a diploma/certificate ok, or do I have to submit a transcript?

You must submit a transcript with the courses you took and the grades, a certificate or a diploma cannot replace it.

Do I have to upload my university/college transcripts?

Yes, please upload any and all transcripts you may have.

I tried to apply for program X, but I can’t see it. Can I still apply?

If you cannot see a given program in the list of programs offered (or if there is no green apply now button on your program’s page), that means the application deadline has passed. Please contact the AEC Office at for more information on when you will be able to apply again.

I have submitted my application. When should I expect to get an answer about my acceptance?

Applying to an AEC program does not guarantee acceptance. Once the application deadline has passed, the AEC office will contact you to schedule any required admission tests and interviews about 1 month after the application deadline. Once completed, you can expect to hear back about 1 month before the start date of the program. Contact for further questions.

I do not have a birth certificate / My birth certificate is in another language. What should I do?

Please upload the documentation that you do have, even if untranslated. Upload a letter to the Application Centre that explains why you cannot submit the official translation or document.

Services Quebec

What is Services Quebec?

Services Quebec provides government services to citizens, businesses and educational institutions. Services Quebec subsidizes programs (cohorts) and individuals for their studies.

Note that sponsorship by Services Quebec does not guarantee acceptance by Dawson College.

Is my program covered by Services Quebec?

Some of our cohorts are open only to candidates sponsored by Services Quebec. Groups that are sponsored by Services Quebec are indicated on the program’s webpage. Candidates can enter in an agreement with Services Quebec on an individual basis for all of our other programs.

How do I apply for Services Quebec? What are their procedures and requirements?

In order to apply with Services Quebec you must contact your local office. To find your nearest office, please click here.

You can also fill out the following form that is to be submitted to Services Quebec or find more information about the form here.

When do I apply for Services Quebec?

As soon as possible. The approval process can take some time so it is best to apply with Services Quebec as soon as you know you would like to study at Dawson.

When will I get an answer from Services Quebec?

You will have to get in touch with your assigned Services Quebec agent for any questions related to your application with Services Quebec.

Why did Services Quebec refuse me?

You will have to get in touch with your assigned Services Quebec agent for any questions related to your application with Services Quebec.

I applied with Services Quebec, do I have to apply with Dawson College too?

Yes, you do. For a Services Quebec subsidized program/cohort, you have to meet their requirements as well as those of Dawson College in order to be part of the program. Candidates who are subsidized on an individual basis, also must apply and meet Dawson’s admission criteria.

Can I get loans and bursaries and be subsidized by Services Quebec?

No, you cannot. Candidates may only benefit from only one or the other form of financial support.

Current AEC Students


How do I know if/when I’ve been accepted?

You will receive an e-mail from the Admissions office. You will receive instructions on how to confirm your acceptance online.

When/Where/How do I get my schedule?

If you are new AEC student who has been accepted in to one of our AEC programs you will receive an orientation package and your schedule shortly before your classes begin.

If you are a returning AEC student in one of our AEC programs you will receive your schedule shortly before your new term begins by email or MIO.

I am an AEC student, how do I register/finalize for my courses?

You will receive an email from Dawson College Continuing Education AEC_REG. Please see the example here.

Please note: You will have to read any Omnivox messages sent to you by the college before you can continue and finalize.


How do I withdraw from a course/program?

I have not finalized my course registration:

If you would like to withdraw, you must send an email request to and

I have finalized my course registration:

If you finalized your course registration or your program has already started, you must withdraw through the MyDawson Omnivox Portal (Choose College Withdrawal Form in the menu on the left under “My College Services”). Please make sure to do so before the deadline. You will be informed of deadlines at the start of the term.

What happens when I withdraw? Can I return to my program at a later date?

If you withdrew from your program for any reason, it could be possible for you to come back at a future date. Please contact the AEC office at for more information. Please note that you may have to reapply and pay the $30 application fee.

Is there a withdrawal deadline? What happens if I withdraw after the deadline?

Yes, there is a withdrawal deadline for every course. If you withdraw after the deadline, your transcript will reflect your grade at the point of withdrawal.

I was a student in an AEC program, but had to withdraw. How can I return?

In order to come back to a program, you will have to re-apply. For the exact details, please contact the AEC office at . Please note that you may have to pay the 30$ application fee.  

If you would like to return to study at Dawson, but in a different program, you will have to apply through the Application Center during the moment that applications are open. 

Student Fees

How much does my program cost? How much is tuition?

All AEC programs are tuition free for Canadian citizens or landed immigrants with Permanent Resident status in Quebec taking at least four courses (or 180 course hours) per semester.

A non-refundable $30 application fee, registration fees and student fees are applicable to all students. Please consult the Student Fees webpage for up to date information.

Students should plan for additional cost for books and supplies.

I am an international student. Do I have to pay extra?

Fees vary from term to term depending on the program of study. Up-to-date information is available at the link for International Student Fees.

When do I have to pay my fees?

All fees are due in full upon registration. Students who do not pay their course fees may have their course registration cancelled and will remain liable for the non-refundable fees.

Can I spread out my payment in installments?

No, all fees are due in full upon registration. For more information on payment options visit payment of fees.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Student Fees office by visiting room 4B.5, by telephone at 514-931-8731, local 1387, by email at or visit the Finance Office webpage.

Books, Student ID and OPUS Card

How much will my books cost?

You will receive information about the required books at the beginning of your classes. The cost will depend on the type of book you buy (hard copy, ebook, or from one of Dawson used book sales).

How do I get my student ID card?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, you will have a digital ID card. For more information, please consult Dawson College Digital I.D. Card.

How do I get my student OPUS Card?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, to obtain a reduced-fare OPUS card, you must first have your Dawson College Digital I.D. Card. The same photo will be used for the OPUS card. For instructions on how to obtain your OPUS card, follow this link.

Graduating AEC Students

AEC Certificates and Transcripts

I graduated from my AEC program. When and how will I get my certificate?

You will receive information about your certificate about 6-8 months after you complete your program. Do note that they are created on an individual basis as well as hand signed by our Academic Dean and Director General and therefore require some time. Information on the certificate will be sent to your personal email address so make sure that your contact information is up to date. Contact information can be changed through the MyDawson Portal.

How do I get my transcript?

Please consult the Transcripts and Documents page of our website.

Returning Students

I am a returning student to Dawson wanting to do an AEC program, do I still have to submit all my documents and pay the application fee?

Please contact the AEC Office at for more information on how to rejoin a program that you quit in the past.

Last Modified: March 4, 2021