Full-time York graduate students benefit from the lowest tuition ($5,500) in Ontario (by over $3,000 annually on average). They are also financially supported by an excellent total compensation package. The minimum funding guaranteed to students includes a combination of:
- Teaching Assistantships ($16,040 per year, determined by contractual agreement with CUPE 3903, entailing about 270 hours of teaching-related duties)
Teaching assistants (TAs) at York enjoy full protection from tuition-fee hikes (salaries increase to match tuition fee increases), effectively freezing tuition fees during the entire graduate studies at York University.
- York Graduate Fellowship ($5,400 per year for both full-time MSc and PhD students; international students receive a larger fellowship, up to $19,256 per year) All full-time graduate students receive a York Graduate Fellowship, which is indexed annually to reflect any increase in tuition fees.
- Research Assistantships ($2,660 per year for full-time MSc students and $3,160 per year for PhD students; international students receive a proportionally larger RA to reflect differential fees)
Graduate students (except those in the Coursework M.Sc. program) receive support from their supervisors' research grants, the amount of which is subject to individual discussion between students and supervisors. Other than participation in research activities, there are no formal duties associated with this support.
- External Scholarships
York University students are encouraged to apply for post-graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) and from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Ontario Graduate Scholarship; OGS), which are awarded on a competitive basis. Students usually apply for these scholarships in their last year of undergraduate study (typically in the fall of the year preceding their anticipated start in graduate school) or during their graduate studies at York University.
- Internal Awards
- Incoming students are considered for York Graduate Scholarships. This award, valued at up to $10,000, is typically only available to applicants with an A average.
- The Fieldwork Costs Fund defrays the costs of carrying out field-work.
- The Research Costs Fund defrays the out-of-pocket costs of carrying out research.
- The Graduate Development Fund defrays travel costs to present results.
- Teaching Assistants (members of CUPE 3903 unit 1) and Graduate Assistants (members of CUPE 3903 unit 3) enjoy a number of health-related benefits (dental, prescription drug, vision care).
- International students receive a bursary to cover the cost of the university health insurance plan (UHIP).
Details of financial arrangements are normally agreed upon between the student and supervisor prior to acceptance into the Program, so that the level of support to be expected is clearly understood well in advance of commencing work.