Graduate degree fees are assessed as a Program Fee. This is a flat rate amount charged to all students in a program; there is a full-time and a part-time rate. Fees are NOT assessed on a per course basis, meaning annual fees are the same, regardless of the number of enrolled courses.
Fee and refund schedules are published before the beginning of the academic year, normally by mid-July. Detailed information can be found on the Student Accounts website.
Minimum Degree Fee and Balance of Degree Fee
The Minimum Degree Fee is the fee associated with the Program Length for each graduate program and represents the minimum amount of tuition that every student, full- or part-time, must pay upon completion of the program prior to graduation.
Students who finish the degree program requirements in less time than the defined Program Length, or if, at the end of your program, the total amount of academic fees which you paid during the time you were registered is less than the Minimum Degree Fee, you will be required to pay the outstanding balance, or the Balance of Degree Fee. However, if a student, full- or part-time, has paid more than the Minimum Degree Fee, due to the time taken to complete the degree requirements, there will be no refund of fees. Information on the Balance of Degree Fee can be found on the Student Accounts website.
Fees for Students in the Final Year
Each July, fees for all students are assessed for the complete academic year even though some students will be eligible to graduate before then. In this situation, students may choose to pay:
- Full fee amount as indicated on the fee invoice;
- Minimum payment to register amount;
- An amount based on the expected date of completion.
If you choose to pay less than the full fee amount, monthly service charges on any outstanding fees will be applied. However, once a student has completed their program (all course work/practica has been completed and graded, or a final thesis has been submitted) and has been recommended for graduation, final fees and service charges will be adjusted accordingly. Students are not responsible for fees or service charges for sessions in which they are no longer registered.
For Doctoral students in their final year of studies, tuition fees are pro-rated based on a 12-month academic year, but incidental fees are based on your registration per session.
Graduate studies can be a very expensive endeavour and at times financially challenging. To assist students who run into financial difficulty, some Financial Assistance is available through SGS. Contact the Graduate Awards Office to schedule an appointment with a Financial Counsellor: 416-978-2839 / firstname.lastname@example.org.