Fees and Tuition


Your tuition covers the costs associated with obtaining your degree. Tuition may vary from program to program, and you are billed three times per year at the beginning of each term (January 1, May 1, and September 1).

Tuition and fees are due within five business days of the beginning of each term. Graduate students have the option of paying half of their tuition and fees within five business days of the beginning of each term, and paying the balance due five weeks later.

Your Statement of 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:

PLEASE NOTE: Western University has reduced tuition for international PhD and DMA students to the same level as domestic PhD and DMA students effective September 1, 2018.

Tuition Payment

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.

If you have concerns regarding due dates for tuition payments, contact Student Financial Services at reg-fees@uwo.ca.

Who Pays Canadian Tuition Fees?

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

Tuition Payment

An overview of refund procedures and timing for tuition.

What Do Your Tuition and Fees Cover?

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. 

We encourage you to take advantage of all the services supported by your tuition and fees.

Academic Supports and Resources

  • Development and delivery of courses to meet your program's learning outcomes:
    • Evaluation of learning in alignment with program and course learning outcomes;
    • Development, delivery, and evaluation of program milestones, such as comprehensive and qualifying exams, and thesis exams.
    • In the current environment this has included moving courses online and adapting assignments to allow students to progress as much as possible while maintaining our program standards.
  • In research-based programs, one-on-one supervision, mentoring and expert consultation from your supervisor(s) and supervisory committee; support and guidance from supervisory committee members or second readers; ongoing review and feedback of progress.
  • In professional graduate programs, mentorship in development of professional competencies.
  • Arrangement and administration of practica, internships and placements.

Administrative Services and Support

Scholarly Development Resources

  • Access to a wide array of library resources, including a vast selection of electronic scholarly journals and publications; support from librarians in identifying and accessing scholarly materials, including access to resources at other universities.
  • Access to courses at other universities in Ontario through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program, administered through SGPS.

Scholarship and Financial Support

Information Technology Supports and Resources

Professional Development Resources

Wellness and Thriving Services

Internationalization Services and Supports

Graduate Student Supports and Resources for Graduate Students

Buildings and Physical Resources

  • Access to research laboratories and equipment.
  • Access to libraries, library holdings, and specialized collections
  • Access to high-performance computer/technology centres.
  • Access to specialized facilities, such as practice rooms, and studios.
  • Access to formal and informal meeting rooms/space.
  • Access to dedicated student work/study space.
  • Access to campus recreation facilities.