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 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.

How to change your 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. Instructions for how to submit the document are found on the form.

What to do if you are waitlisted

You may be placed on a waitlist while you are being considered for a program. 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, you have 30-days or until the tuition deadline, whichever comes first, to accept the offer of admission. If you fail to meet the deadline, your offer will be cancelled.

To secure your spot, pay the tuition deposit for your first choice program and cancel your second choice application through APAS.

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.

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.

Email the Student Service Centre or visit the Student Service Centre in the Centre of Applied Technology on Main Campus to request to have your other applications cancelled.

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 through ApplyAlberta.

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 APAS. You may also submit a cancellation request to Student Services by the Contact Form or in person, but your APAS account is the quickest and most efficient way.

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