Student Finances

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At York University, we value the contribution of our master’s and doctoral students. We also know that academic achievement doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work, perseverance and support.

York offers competitive funding to excellent full-time students accepted into our graduate programs. Sources for this funding include awards, scholarships, bursaries, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships, and York Graduate Scholarships for our top-ranked students.

We also encourage and support students in their applications for prestigious external provincial and national awards. Together with additional York awards and funding, external scholarships are a measure of academic excellence, and they allow students the time to focus on their research and make progress in their studies.

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Application Fees

Application fees are determined by the individual program you apply to, but are typically $100 CDN. Please visit the graduate program website to which you have applied for more information.

Fees and Tuition

Academic fees are charged on either a per-course or per-program basis, depending on the Faculty or program in which you enrol, and in most cases include tuition costs as well as supplementary fees. Additional fees may include health plans, the YU-card (where applicable) and associated course and program fees. Please note that course and program fees are subject to approval by York's Board of Governors in accordance with the fees guidelines set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and are subject to change.

Please visit Student Financial Services - Fees for more information.

Graduate Program Fees Structure

Every graduate student at York University is assigned a fees cohort year based on their year of entry to their program of study.

Please visit Student Financial Services - Graduate Program Fees Structure for more information.

Fee Payment Methods

Your Student Account Online Statement reflects all charges assessed to your account. You can pay your student account through your bank, credit union or caisse populaire using telephone or online banking.

Please visit Student Financial Services - Student Account Payment for more information.

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Competitive Funding to Support Your Research

At York, all qualified graduate students receive a guaranteed funding package for the duration of their program with their offer of admission. Funding and training opportunities come in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships and York Graduate Scholarships.

Internal Scholarships and Awards

York offers a range of awards for students, with more than $10 million in internal recruitment scholarships alone, including:

  • the Elia Scholars Program, York University’s most prestigious graduate award for incoming domestic or international doctoral students ($40,000)
  • Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction, scholarships awarded to incoming doctoral or master’s students with high potential for future leadership in international affairs. Fellowships include a scholarship (PhD: $15,000; Master’s: $7,000), a research assistantship ($7,000) and all tuition fees ($5,500)
  • Chancellor Bennett Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships, supporting exceptional doctoral or master’s students entering a full-time program in the Liberal Arts ($20,000). At the doctoral level, the award is renewable for a maximum of four years

For more information, please visit Current Students - Funding and Awards.

Financial Assistance

Full-time students are eligible for further financial assistance:

  • Bursaries
  • Fieldwork Cost Fund
  • Graduate Development Fund
  • Research Cost Fund
  • Minimum-Guarantee Assignment
  • External Awards and Scholarships

You are also encouraged to apply for external awards, including support from the Government of Canada, national foundations and the Province of Ontario. York graduate students have a high success rate in attracting these scholarships: for example, 10 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships went to York grad students in the past two years, each worth $50,000 and renewable for up to three years.

For more information, please visit Current Students - Funding and Awards.

Award Application Support

Need help with applications for external agencies? We’re here to assist you with information sessions and workshops throughout the year:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

For more information, please visit Current Students - Funding and Awards.

Also, please visit canlearn.ca, the Canadian government’s website on financial aid and other scholarships.

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The following figures are intended to serve only as a guide to help you plan for your prospective program. All figures are subject to change and listed in CDN dollars.

Estimated Cost of Living

Total$15,700
Housing (incl. utilities)$8,400based on average rate of $700/month for a full academic year (i.e. 12 months), does not include parking, telephone, cable, internet and laundry
Food$3,600 based on $300/month for a single person
Miscellaneous (Transportation, Clothing, and Entertainment) $3,700

Estimated Educational Costs

Total$7,430 - $23,184
Fees and Tuition$ 5,545 - Domestic
$19,500 - International
based on full-time (non-professional)
graduate programs, per academic year
Textbooks, Equipment and Supplies$1,500 - $3,000may be higher for some disciplines
Health Plan and Prescriptions$385 - Domestic
$684 - International