Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Student Finances

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.

Funding Opportunities

Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program, some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you, and others you must apply for yourself, either to Western University or to an external funding agency.

Western Graduate Program Funding

Graduate programs are the primary source of internal funding for many of our graduate students through the Western Graduate Research Scholarships (WGRS) program, and teaching and research assistantships.

Western Donor-Funded Awards

Generous donations from our alumni and from corporations, foundations and other friends of Western University have helped to create many graduate student award and support programs. Recipients are selected by nomination or by an internal competition. Please contact your graduate program for more details about awards that may be available to you. For a comprehensive listing of all current donor-funded graduate awards at Western, please access the Donor-Funded Award Search:

Western Financial Assistance

Graduate students who find themselves in financial need have access to a full range of bursary programs, loans and financial aid counselling at Western.

Provincial Scholarship Competitions

The Province of Ontario is a very generous supporter and promoter of graduate student excellence and offers a suite of lucrative scholarship programs through annual competitions that are administered by the provincial universities and the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).

National Scholarship Competitions

The Government of Canada promotes high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas through its three funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). National foundations and trusts, created through the philanthropy of renowned Canadians, also offer prestigious scholarship and fellowship programs which aim to advance Canada’s role in knowledge creation, innovation, and global leadership.

International Student Scholarship Opportunities

The following are featured funding opportunities that support international students applying to graduate research degrees at Western.

International Study Opportunities

Our scholars go where the research takes them and Western has partnered with international institutions and agencies to support that experience via international exchange agreements and programs.

Graduate Program Contacts

Graduate program personnel coordinate scholarship operations internally and together represent Western’s front-line service team dedicated to assisting students and faculty throughout competition season.

Scholarship Application Support

Access Western's award-winning support series for external scholarship applicants.

  • Scholarship Support including:
    • Scholarship Library
    • General Information Sessions
    • Scholars to Leaders Series
    • Writing Workshops for Doctoral Scholarship Applicants
    • Award Winner's Reception

Receiving Payments

This section provides details on how funds are transferred to you.

Electronic Fund Transfer

Graduate student payments are issued every Tuesday evening from the Student Center (beginning the second Tuesday in each term). When a graduate student is in a credit balance a payment can be issued in one of two ways:

  1. Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) is available to any graduate student who provides Western with an active bank account using MyHumanResources self service application using their HR Western computer account login and password (which may be the same as their student account). Graduate students with questions regarding their Human Resources account may call 519-661-2194. A graduate student receiving a payment to their bank account will be sent an email the day the payment has been issued.
  2. In cases where a graduate student has not provided a bank account a cheque is printed and distributed to the student's program.

Fees and Tuition

This section provides general information about tuition fees and payments.

Your Tuition Account

Your tuition account is available for viewing in the Student Center. For students who anticipate receiving scholarship funding (e.g. Western Graduate Research Scholarships, NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, OGS), expect these funds to show as "Anticipated Aid" in the Finances section of the Student Center two or three weeks prior to the start of term. Scholarship funds will be disbursed towards tuition fees the first business day of each new term.

To view your current tuition account balance, please complete the following steps:

  1. Access the Student Center
  2. Select Detailed Statement of Account within the Finances section
  3. Select the appropriate term (Anticipated Aid will appear at the bottom of the page).

Tuition Fee Schedules

Tuition fees schedules are published by the Office of the Registrar. For accurate information, please note the various schedules based on residency and term:

Tuition Payments

An overview of all acceptable methods of payment for tuition fees. All fees must be paid as indicated on your Student Center account.

Internet banking through major Canadian banks is the preferred method of payment. The majority of graduate students use this method to pay their tuition. Add University of Western Ontario - Tuition to your list of bank payments (there may be a variance in the way each bank lists the University of Western Ontario as a payee). Your student number is your account for Internet payments.

Students whose fees will be paid by an external sponsor must provide proof of funding for each term before the tuition deadline to avoid late payment charges. Students are responsible for payment of any fees or penalties not paid by the sponsor. For additional payment methods including how to arrange payment from outside of Canada please consult Office of the Registrar - Student Financial Services.

Who Pays Canadian Tuition Fees?

Information on which International Students are eligible to pay tuition at the Canadian rate.

Tuition Refund Schedules

An overview of refund procedures and timing for tuition.

Income Tax Reporting

This section provides general information about tuition fees and payments.

T2202As -- Issued Through Student Center

T2202As are tuition tax receipts issued to students for tuition related to the calendar year. These show the amount of tuition that has been charged and students can deduct any amounts that have been paid. Eligible months for tax purposes are also included on this form. Students can access their T2202As through the Student Center.

  • T2202As for 2014 will be made available by February 28.

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar or phone 519-661-2100.

T4As -- Issued Through Student Center

  • Tax receipts issued to students for scholarships, bursaries or other monetary awards from Western in the calendar year. Amounts on T4As must be reported as income on the student's tax return.
  • Online T4A service in Student Center.
  • Step 1: Canada Revenue Agency requires you to provide consent before printing directly from the Student Center. Prior to February 10, log-in to Student Center and access the T4A consent page through the link at the bottom of the page under Tax Receipts or by following the Campus Finances path under Self Service.
  • Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your consent. If you do not receive the confirmation email, contact Student Financial Services.

Note: If you do not provide consent by February 10, your T4A will be mailed to the home address we have on file for you. Please ensure your home address is correct.  You will receive an email once the T4A is available online.

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar or phone 519-661-2100.

T4As -- Issued Through Human Resources

  • Tax receipts issued to anyone paid through Payroll who received a Graduate Research Assistantship, scholarship, or other awards from Western in the previous calendar year.
  • All T4As will be mailed to the home address that is registered on My Human Resources as of February 11.

Questions can be directed to Human Resources or phone 519-661-2194.

T4s -- Issued Through Human Resources

  • Tax receipts issued by an employer to employees for income they earned in the calendar year.
  • All T4s will be mailed to the home address that is registered on My Human Resources as of February 11.

Questions can be directed to Human Resources or phone 519-661-2194.