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University of Toronto - 2016

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Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): In-State / Out-of-State

Graduate Group 1 Graduate Group 2
Tuition & Fees: $8,492 $22,604
Room & Board: $13,221 $13,221
Books & Supplies: $1,750 $1,750
Other Expenses: $2,000 $2,000
Estimated avg. course load per term: 4 4
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Supplemental Student Loan Form, Financial Aid Form (FAF), Institution's Own Application Form

Additional Financial Aid Information

The University of Toronto provides minimum guaranteed funding for eligible doctoral-stream graduate students for a period of up to five years of full-time study. In the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, doctoral-stream students are eligible for a minimum support package of $15,000 plus tuition and fees. International (visa) student tuition and fees include the compulsory UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) coverage for a single student.

Components of a Funding Package

Graduate support packages are composed from a variety of sources: fellowship or scholarship funds, research assistantship stipends from faculty research grants, teaching assistantships and other U of T funding.

Packages for Scholarship Holders

Students with external scholarships such as NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada), CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research), OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship), etc., have the opportunity to significantly enhance their funding packages. Students holding these awards will receive additional funds in recognition of their achievement. Package totals, including the scholarship, vary according to scholarship and program. Students should contact their department for the exact details of the top-up packages. Eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply for these awards.

Funding Eligibility Criteria

All doctoral-stream graduate students in good standing are eligible for funding for a limited period. Doctoral-stream programs include M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. Students registered as "special students" are not eligible for graduate funding.

Maintaining Funding Support

Doctoral-stream students must maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree to receive support. These funds are provided to enable students to focus on their research. Lack of visible effort may result in the withdrawal of funding.

It is expected that students will take every reasonable opportunity to apply for scholarships and awards that they are eligible for. Winning an NSERC, CIHR, OGS or other external award, offers the opportunity for students to significantly enhance their funding package. Eligible students who choose not to apply for these awards may forfeit their eligibility for graduate support. Likewise, students who decline a teaching assistantship (TA) offered as part of their funding package will forgo that portion of the package.

Funding Duration

The University of Toronto has guaranteed funding to doctoral-stream students for up to five years. In the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, the Masters program is normally longer than one year. Most departments have chosen to divide guarantee funding between Masters and Ph.D. programs with between 5 and 6 terms of funding (20 to 24 months) in the Masters program and the remaining 10-11 terms (3.3-3.7 years) funding directed to the Ph.D. program. In all cases, exact distribution of the guaranteed funding packages is determined by the department. Students are advised to consult with their home department for detailed information.

Students who are nearing the end of their program, and are not able to complete their degree requirements within the funded period, should consult their supervisors and graduate department coordinators. Please see graduate department websites for scholarship and funding details.

Scholarship Opportunities
CGS and NSERC: Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council Scholarships
OGS: Ontario Graduate Scholarships ($15,000)
OGSST: Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology ($15,000)
Connaught Scholarships
University of Toronto Fellowships (UTF)
Engineering Scholarships - consult your department for a list of scholarships in your field
Other scholarships

Financial Aid

The main source of financial aid for students not eligible under the guaranteed funding program is the federally and provincially funded Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Application forms are available after April 1 at the School of Graduate Studies Student Services Office. Students may also apply online at the OSAP website at:

A limited amount of emergency assistance is also available on a case-by-case basis through the School of Graduate Studies bursary and emergency loan programs.