Accepting Your Offer

 NAIT evaluates applications on a first choice or second choice basis:

  • First choice
    You may include two program choices on your application, indicating one as your first choice and the other as your second choice. We will always evaluate your first choice program first; applicants selecting a program as their first choice will receive priority for available seats. If you receive an offer of admission to your first choice, your second choice will not be assessed, regardless of whether you choose to accept your first offer or not.

  • Second choice
    We will only evaluate your second choice program if we are unable to admit you into your first choice.

How do I change my program choices?

After you apply, you can request to change your application program choices. However, requests are only honoured until you are admitted into one of your programs. At that point, you will need to reapply and pay the application fee again.

To request a change, you will need to fill out the Program Choice Change Form (PDF). Instructions for how to submit the document are found on the form.

What happens if I am waitlisted?

If no more seats are available once your application is reviewed, you may be placed on a waitlist. To learn more, please refer to our waitlist frequently asked questions.

How to accept your offer

First choice

If you are accepted into your first choice program, accept your offer and secure your seat by paying your non-refundable tuition deposit by the deadline indicated in your offer letter. If you fail to meet the deadline, your offer will be cancelled.

The tuition deposit amount will be applied to your account and will go towards your first-term tuition payment. Use your MyNAIT portal to pay your deposit:

Paying your tuition deposit

To accept your offer of admission, pay your non-refundable tuition deposit online:

  • Login to your MyNAIT portal
  • Select Open Self Service
  • Choose the Financial Account tile
  • Select Charge Details/Make a Payment to pay and secure your seat.

Second choice

Pay the tuition deposit for your second choice program within 30-days of receiving your offer of acceptance or until the tuition deadline, whichever comes first. Doing so reserves your seat in the program.

Your application to your first choice will not be cancelled by paying this deposit.

  • If you wish to pursue your second choice program – instead of your first choice – you will need to contact us to cancel your application to your first-choice program.

Paid deposit on second choice, accepted into first choice

You must pay the tuition deposit on your first choice, even if you've already paid the deposit on your second choice.

Admission to your second choice program will automatically be cancelled when you pay this new deposit. Any deposits paid on the second choice program for that term will be credited to your account.

Accepted into two programs

Simply select the program you would like to attend and pay the tuition deposit. Then email the Student Service Centre or visit the Student Service Centre to request to have your other applications cancelled.

Conditional offer

If you receive a conditional offer of admission, it means that you have conditions or outstanding items that need to be met before the posted deadline to receive a full offer of admission. Outstanding items could include NAIT receiving final official transcripts or submitting proof of English Proficiency test results, an international student. 

You can accept your conditional offer by paying the the non-refundable tuition deposit by the posted deadline. Then once you complete all your outstanding requirements, you will have full admission. 

Alternate offer

After reviewing your application, if we determine that we are unable to offer you admission in both your first and your second choices, we may provide you with an alternate offer of admission to a related NAIT program.

You may be ineligible for the program(s) you selected on your application because:

  • You do not meet the minimum entrance requirements, and your application has been cancelled.
  • You do not meet the competitive entrance requirements, and you are on a non-competitive waiting list.
  • The program is currently full, and you have been waitlisted.

Prior to accepting your alternate offer of admission, please be sure to learn more about this alternate program by visiting the program webpage, or by contacting or visiting the Student Service Centre.


To accept the alternate offer of admission, you will be required to pay a tuition deposit by the deadline on your MyNAIT Portal. Paying the deposit on the alternate offer will not impact your current application.


To decline the alternate offer of admission, you can submit a request via the Contact Form to  request a cancellation, or you can simply choose to not pay your tuition deposit by your deadline, and the Office of the Registrar will cancel your application when the deposit is past due.

The decision to offer admission to an alternate program is not available to all students is only available for select programs upon the discretion of the NAIT Office of the Registrar. Applicants cannot request to be considered for an alternate offer.

If you are eligible for an alternate program offer, it will be presented automatically through the MyNAIT Portal. Students who wish to apply for admission to additional programs proactively may do so.

Tuition deposit payments

After receiving a letter with an offer of admission, you’ll need to pay the required tuition deposit by the deadline displayed on your MyNAIT Portal under “Make a Payment.”

Tuition deposits must be paid by the deadline displayed in your MyNAIT Portal. In all cases, tuition deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cancelling your application

If you wish to cancel your application all together, you may do so through ApplyAlberta (domestic students). If you're an international student or want to cancel directly in MyNAIT, you may also submit a cancellation request using the online Contact Form.

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