Student Finances

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Excellence in research and teaching requires solid financial support. That's why at York, all qualified graduate students receive a guaranteed funding package for the duration of their program with their offer of admission.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, York graduate students received a standard domestic funding package of $22,700 towards doctoral degree programs and $11,000 towards master's degree programs.

Often our students' funding exceeds the standard amount:

  • In 2016-17, York doctoral students averaged $26,540 and master's students averaged $15,108 in funding from all sources.

Funding and training opportunities come in the form of teaching assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships and York Graduate Scholarships.

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.

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: $22,000; master's: $14,000)
  • The Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship, awarded to outstanding students in their fifth year of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on their dissertations ($22,500)
  • Over 300 Faculty of Graduate Studies and individual graduate program awards, some in excess of $10,000

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
  • Research Cost Fund
  • Graduate Development Fund
  • PhD Completion Funds

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. Our graduate students are highly competitive in these scholarships: in the last two years nine Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, three Trudeau Doctoral Fellowships, and eight Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela were awarded to our graduate students.

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)
  • Trudeau Foundation Scholarships
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

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