A young South-Asian woman is sitting on a bench, hugging a backpack, looking somber.

After months of uncertainty, Shivani Sharma is getting a refund from Granville College after the provincial regulator found the school misled her about the delivery of the program. (Kiran Singh/CBC)

The Government of British Columbia’s Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) has ordered Granville College to repay over $10K in tuition to international student Shivani Sharma. Sharma began studies at the college in 2022. After her program was changed unexpectedly to one with online courses and course quality issues, in addition to not counting toward a postgraduate work permit, Sharma requested a tuition refund. The college reportedly declined it, citing the enrolment contract. The PTIB has ordered the college to repay Sharma $10K of the tuition she paid, noting that Sharma’s expectation of having in-person course components was “reasonable” and that Granville “misled [Sharma] in respect of the delivery of the program.”


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