Accepting Your Offer
Evaluating your program choices
NAIT evaluates applications on a first choice/second choice basis.
First choice: You may include two program choices on your application and indicate one as your first choice and one as your second choice. We will always evaluate your first choice program first. If you receive an offer of admission to your first choice, we will not assess your second choice, 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.
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. Instructions for how to submit the document are found on the form.
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.
The Office of the Registrar will admit or conditionally admit applicants into programs until the program is full. Once a program is full, qualified applicants are placed on a waitlist.
NAIT maintains two different types of waitlists; one for competitive programs, and one for non-competitive programs.
- Competitive Programs
Programs with a competitive entrance manage waitlists according to applicants overall average of the program’s required courses. Applicants that meet the competitive average are placed on a competitive waitlist; applicants that meet the minimum requirements are placed on a non-competitive waitlist. An applicant’s waitlist position is determined by an overall average of the specific courses required by the program.
- Non-competitive Programs
Programs with a non-competitive entrance manage waitlists according to the date a complete application was received.
Frequently asked questions
When do you offer admission off of a waitlist?
Offers of admission to applicants on a waitlist are made as and when seats become available. This may happen at any time during the application cycle, even on the day before or on class start, and in some instances after the program has started. Waitlisted applicants should be prepared to receive an offer of admission at any time.
What factors affect when you offer admission off of a waitlist?
Accepted applicants may decline/lose their seat in a program for a number of reasons, including but not limited to:
- Failure to pay the tuition deposit
- Acceptance into another program
- Failure to enrol
- Failure to pay tuition
- Acceptance into another post-secondary institution
What are the chances I'll be admitted off of a waitlist?
The probability of being admitted off a waitlist is dependent on highly variable factors such as the number of spaces that become available, and the total number of qualified applicants. These factors are unpredictable and can change quickly.
Is it possible to know what my ranking is on the waitlist?
We do not release ranking information to applicants on the waitlist. Waitlist position is dynamic and can change daily based on the number of qualified applicants that apply to a program, and factors contingent on the decisions of admitted applicants.
If I receive an offer of admission off of a waitlist, how will this be communicated to me?
Offers of admission that occur before the tuition payment deadline for the term of admittance will be communicated to the applicant’s MyNAIT Portal. Offers of admission that occur after the tuition payment deadline for the term of admittance will be communicated by telephone. Admissions Officers will work through the waitlist by ranking until an applicant accepts the offer of admission, we do not leave voicemail messages.
The phone number listed on the applicant’s APAS application is the phone number that is used to contact the applicant, unless the applicant has updated their contact information with the Office of the Registrar. To review or update your contact information, please visit your MyNAIT Portal.
Can I improve my spot on a waitlist?
For competitive programs, it is possible for applicants to improve their competitive average through upgrading courses or by challenging a NAIT equivalency test. As upgraded or new course marks are received, the application is re-reviewed which may improve waitlist position.
In the case of upgrading courses, it is essential for applicants to upload proof of enrolment and progress report marks to their MyNAIT Portal. For more information, learn about how to submit documents.
What should I do to prepare for an offer if I am on a waitlist?
Offers of admission off of a waitlist can happen at any time during the application cycle. Waitlisted applicants should be prepared to enrol in courses and pay for first semester tuition in the event they receive an offer of admission. If you are applying for Student Aid Alberta, you can apply before you have received acceptance to the program.
What should I do if I am no longer interested in being on a waitlist?
Send your request to cancel your application in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.