Funding & Fees
Our Commitment to Graduate Education
Please know that the funding commitments made to graduate students in their funding letters will be honoured, regardless of whether or not you are able to progress in your scholarly activities and/or duties due to the current disruption.
We know some students may be facing additional financial challenges, even with the maintenance of our funding guarantee. We are looking at the possibility of some funding relief and are working with our provincial and federal partners to address issues that fall within their purview. Over the coming weeks, we will provide more information to you via and email and on this page as it becomes available regarding available financial supports, including possible government actions in areas such as study/work permits, student loan policies and/or EI eligibility.
WESTERN UNIVERSITY SUPPORT
Graduate programs across campus are working with PhD students to support adaptations to their dissertation plans and will be reviewing these plans through students’ annual reports (via Pathfinder). Programs will provide supplemental funding for a limited time (normally not exceeding one term) for students who meet specific eligibility criteria.
On May 1, using the Graduate Students Web Services portal eligible graduate students can access three different sources of funds for the graduate summer term (May 1 – August 31).
Working in partnership, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), the Provost, and Faculties have created a one-time, needs-based 2020 Graduate Student Summer Term Bursary. This bursary will help to enable continuing full-time PhD students, and continuing full-time research Master’s students, to progress in their research programs without disruption despite the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bursaries are non-repayable, taxable grants issued to students who demonstrate financial need. They supplement other sources of funding such as OSAP, the student's own resources and/or those of the parents/spouse. Consult the website for a list of eligible graduate programs.
Awarded each term to full-time graduate students who have demonstrated financial need. These bursaries were created to recognize and assist graduate students and were made possible through the generous donations from Graduate Students between 1997 and 2018.
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
Depending on your employment at the University, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). You can investigate your eligibility through the Government of Canada website.
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
The Ontario government is temporarily deferring loan payments and interest accrual for OSAP borrowers. From March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020, you will not be required to make any loan payments, and interest will not accrue on your student loans.
Eligible recipients will receive $300 more per child with their regular May CCB payment. If you have previously applied for the CCB, you do not need to re-apply.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is working closely with First Nation partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada, other departments such as Heath Canada, Public Safety as well as provincial and territorial counterparts to protect the health and safety of First Nations and support First Nations communities in responding to the public health crisis resulting from the novel COVID-19.
A financial reimbursement process is available for students who were participating in university-sanctioned international learning experiences in Winter term 2020 or full-year 2019-2020 and may have incurred additional travel costs or other expenses associated with an early departure. Some restrictions apply.
The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) offers a variety of financial supports including bursaries; subsidies for child care, placements and travel; emergency loans; academic and wellness events; and awards and scholarships.
PSAC 610 offers a variety of financial benefits for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) including a health plan; mental health fund; financial assistance fund; food support fund; employee assistance program; and UHIP assistance.
Fees and Tuition
Summer Term 2020 Tuition and Related Deadlines
Similar to other Canadian universities, Western is not in a position to waive tuition for the summer term. We have made several changes to summer term deadlines to lessen the impact of some of your urgent financial challenges:
- Graduate student tuition and fees contribute to the cost of direct and indirect services, resources, and supports that assist you in completion of your graduate degree. In addition to covering the obvious costs associated with the formal requirements of your degree program, such as courses, milestones, and seminars, your tuition and fees also cover the costs of a wide range of services, resources, and supports. Some are no longer available under the essential services model imposed by the province, but the majority of them continue to operate as normal or have been adapted to the circumstances. In addition, new resources continue to be developed to help and support students in the current situation. We encourage you to take advantage of all the services supported by your tuition and fees, whether you find yourself in need of financial or wellness supports, or you find yourself able to focus on new areas of scholarly or professional development as you self-isolate.
- The graduate summer term tuition due date of May 7 has been extended to June 1.
- Some ancillary fees will not be charged to graduate students for the summer, including those related to Campus Recreation, Western Foot Patrol and Off-Campus Housing. For details, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website.
- The purpose of Thesis Defense Only (TDO) status is to allow a student who: a) has completed all program requirements (including preliminary thesis submission), but b) has not been able to defend their thesis before the end of term, to register in the subsequent term without paying tuition fees. The deadline for the preliminary thesis submission for TDO status in the summer term has been extended from April 30 to May 29. Students who intend to meet this deadline for TDO status must email a completed Intent to Submit Thesis by End of Term for Thesis Defense Only Status Consideration form by email to Kimi Maruoka by May 25 and must upload their exam-ready thesis to the Scholarship@Western repository before midnight May 29.