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
What Does Tuition 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, 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.
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
- Administrative support from your Graduate Program Coordinator/Assistant and Graduate Chair.
- Administrative support from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) and from the Faculty delivering your program.
- Informational support from the Office of the Registrar.
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
- Scholarship application development support from SGPS, your Graduate Program, and your Faculty.
- Access to needs-based bursaries.
- Access to donor-funded scholarships and awards.
- Administration of scholarships and bursaries.
- Access to financial counselling from the Office of the Registrar.
Information Technology Supports and Resources
- Information technology support and IT helpdesk support.
- Access to Microsoft Office and OneDrive.
- Access to program-specific educational software
- Access to professional research-related software, such as Matlab, SAS, SPSS, NVivo, and Qualtrics.
- Campus-wide wireless internet.
Professional Development Resources
- Access to a wide range of professional development opportunities and workshops, including “Own Your Future” for doctoral students.
- Access to writing support services and career counselling.
- Access to experiential learning resources, supports and opportunities, such as internships.
Wellness and Thriving Services
- Access to health care and wellness services.
- Access to counselling and psychiatry services.
- Access to accessible education supports.
Internationalization Services and Supports
- Access to information and supports regarding study permits and immigration matters.
- Supports for international dual-degree studies.
- Access to supports and resources for international students.
Graduate Student Supports and Resources for Graduate Students
- Access to the supports and services provided by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), including bursaries, and health and dental plans.
- Benefits from the advocacy of SOGS at the university, provincial, and national levels.
- Access to The Grad Club.
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.
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:
- Access the Student Center
- Select Detailed Statement of Account within the Finances section
- 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:
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
If you have concerns regarding due dates for tuition payments, contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Pays Canadian Tuition Fees?
Information on which International Students are eligible to pay tuition at the Canadian rate.