Tuition & Fees


Tuition fees = program fees + campus fees

For all UofT students, the tuition fees you pay = program (academic) fees + mandatory and optional incidental, system access & ancillary fees. 

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Fall & Winter 2020-21


Bachelor of Information fees & structure

Students are charged full-time program fees if enrolled in 4.0-credits and more for the Fall & Winter term.

Students are charged part-time per course fees if enrolled in 3.5-credits and less for the Fall & Winter term.

Students are charged per course fees during the summer semester.

Please note that the Bachelor of Information program is to be completed under full-time status unless students need to be on a reduced courseload under the advisement of their Accessibility Advisor.

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Master of Information (MI) fees & structure

  1. All tuition fees is structured as program (academic) fees + mandatory and optional incidental, system access & ancillary fees. Each time you are enrolled into courses, you’ll be paying program fees+ mandatory and optional incidental, system access and ancillary fees.
  2. Our MI degree follow a minimum program fee structure. i.e. regardless of how quickly you are able to complete the degree (i.e. less than 6 years as a part-time student or less than 2 years as a full-time student), you’ll have to pay at least 2 years of full-time program fees + (mandatory and optional incidental, system access & ancillary fees for each term that you are enrolled as a student) for this degree. This means:
    • For part-time students that complete the degree in less than 6 years, they will receive a balance of degree fee which is the equivalent of 2 years of full-time program fees minus the total program fees you’ve paid as a registered student.
    • For full-time students that happen to take less than 2 years to complete degree requirements – a balance of degree fee invoice will also be received.
    • For students that switch between part-time and full-time status – a balance of degree fee invoice may be received prior to graduation – really dependent on the amount of program fees you have already paid as a student.
  3. If students need to take longer to complete degree requirements (e.g. a full-time MI student needing Year 3 Fall term to complete degree requirements when the typical timeframe is 2 years), then additional full-time tuition fees will be charged for each additional term needed. If you have paid more than the minimum degree fee due to the (longer) time taken to complete the degree requirements, there is no refund of fees.

Fees are charged per term, not by number of course(s) enrolled in each term.

Sample scenario:

Please note these are just sample tuition values (and not actual tuition fees – please refer to the links above for actual tuition fees).

In the example below, full-time program fee is $5200/term, and the full-time mandatory and optional incidental, system access and ancillary fees is $900/term. Full-time regular courseload is typically 1.5 to 2.0-credits per term. The same fees applies regardless of the number of credits you are taking.

Part-time program fee is $1600/term, and the part-time mandatory and optional incidental, system access and ancillary fees is $500/term. Part-time courseload is 0.5 to 1.0-credit per term. The same fees applies regardless of the number of credit you are taking.

Term # of credits completed tuition Program fee mandatory and optional incidental, system access and ancillary fees
Fall 2020 2.0-credits Full-time tuition $5200 $900
Winter 2021 0.5-credit Part-time tuition $1600 $500
Summer 2021 0.5-credit No tuition charged
Fall 2021 0.5-credit Part-time tuition $1600 $500
Winter 2022 0.5-credit Part-time tuition $1600 $500
Summer 2022 0.5-credit No tuition charged
Fall 2022 0.5-credit Part-time tuition $1600 $500
Winter 2023 1.0-credits Part-time tuition $1600 $500
Summer 2023 1.0-credit No tuition charge
Fall 2023 1.0-credit Part-time tuition $1600 $500

In the above scenario, the student would have paid a total program fee of $14,800 by the time they complete degree requirements over Fall 2023.

The minimum program fee for the student is $5200×4 = $20,800 in this sample. Thus, the student will have a Balance of Degree fee invoice to the amount of $6000 ($20,800-$14,800). Since this particular student is taking Summer courses – they can opt in to pay for the Summer term – which will then effectively reduce the Balance of Degree fee invoice prior to graduation.

At the end of the day, the total tuition for this particular student would have paid for the degree would be $24,700 ($20,800+all the mandatory and optional incidental, system access and ancillary fees).

All balance of degree fee is calculated by the School of Graduate Studies. Please refer to them (graduate.information@utoronto.ca) for help with balance of degree fee calculations.

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Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) fees & structure

The Master of Museum Studies program is offered on a full-time basis only.

The MMSt program is typically completed over 2 years, on a full-time basis. In the event that a student requires an additional term (or terms) to complete degree requirements – please note that full-time tuition fees will be required regardless of the number of courses the student will be completing during the additional term(s).

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Combined Degree program (CDP) fees & structure

The CDP program is offered on a full-time basis only.

How CDP students are charged for each Year of study:

  • Year 1: Full-time fees will be charged for the program started first (MI) only.
  • Year 2: Full-time fees will be charged for the program started second (MMSt) only.
  • Year 3: Students will pay full-time fees for the program started first (MI)

The CDP program is typically completed over 3 years, on a full-time basis. In the event that a student requires an additional term (or terms) to complete degree requirements – please not that full-time tuition fees will be required regardless of the number of courses the student will be completing during the additional term(s).

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PhD program fees & structure

The doctoral program is offered on a full-time basis only:

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DAIS students

Refund schedule for graduate students

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Summer Tuition fees


Summer 2021


BACHELOR OF INFORMATION
Tuition fees & refund schedule

For our Bachelor of Information Year 1 students that are applying for Summer OSAP, please note the following:

  • If you are taking the practicum and INF313 only in the Summer term: your courseload will be considered as 40 %  from May 2021 to August 2021.
  • For students with a permanent disability that is documented with OSAP, you may apply for full-time OSAP.
  • For any inquiries on OSAP, please connect with the OSAP office directly through osap.staff@utoronto.ca or call them at 416-978-2190 for assistance!

GRADUATE STUDENTS

If you are enrolled in the Fall and Winter session prior to the start of the Summer session, you are not required to pay additional tuition fees if you wish to take Summer courses. If you wish to access the Athletic Centre and Hart House gyms during the period from May-August will require summer memberships directly with each of these facilities.

Even though our graduate students do not pay Summer tuition fees, they are still eligible to apply for Summer OSAP:

Summer OSAP application is available – Applications recommended by March 31st

For help, submit questions to Enrolment Services at: uoft.me/enrolment-services

**For our graduate students that are in receipt of OGS and CGS-M/SSHRC: If you are eligible to receive a third installment in the summer (i.e. May) must enrol in, and complete, at least one (1) half-credit course (0.5 credit) over the summer in order to qualify for their final instalment.

Students Returning from Leaves of Absences or Temporary Stop-outs
If applicable, pay your summer fees by May 1, 2021 to be fully registered for the summer term; after this date, a Late Registration fee will be assessed.
In this case, since you are paying summer fees, you will not need to pay for summer memberships to either the Athletic Centre or Hart House, as incidental fees cover access to both gyms.

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How to make tuition payment

A student is only considered “registered” once they have made minimum tuition payment. Students are able to enroll into courses without making tuition payment first. Course enrolment start date is typically late July, and minimum payment is typically due late August.

However, to keep all the courses you have enrolled into, tuition fees need to be received by the University prior to classes starting.

The Minimum Payment to Register for Fall & Winter is: Arrears + 100% of Fall tuition fees. 


Registering by making tuition payment


The University Student Fees office has outlined various options on how students can make tuition payment. Here’s a snapshot on available options:

  • pay from a Canadian bank
  • online credit card payment (will incur a service charge)
  • Convert Aeroplan & TD Travel Rewards Points into credits towards paying fees
  • paying with OSAP or other government student loans
  • paying through Western Union Global Pay (for students outside of Canada)

Review our fees payment timeline below.


Registering by deferring tuition payment (to a later date)


Students may defer tuition payment if they are (1) receiving government financial aid or (2) receiving a Major Award or Scholarship. 

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(1) For students that are receiving an eligible form of government financial aid, you are able to defer your fees payment directly on ACORN. If deferred successfully, students in this category are not required to make Fall term tuition payment until late September. Review our fees payment timeline below.

  • If you are unable to defer directly on ACORN, you could follow the more manual process below:
    • Complete the Fee Deferment form
    • Together with a screenshot/PDF of your Notice of Assessment, email to Student Services
      • The best screenshot to provide as proof of student aid funding is the student funding screen which contains details of the disbursement and the status of the application. This funding screen usually becomes available for students to view once an assessment has been made.

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(2) For students that are receiving a Major Award or Scholarship (i.e. the award amount is equivalent to or more than the tuition fee for 1 term), please do not defer on ACORN but follow the process below. If deferred successfully, students in this category are not required to make tuition payment until end of academic year. Review our fees payment timeline below.

*Eligible major awards/scholarships include: UofT/iSchool Fellowships, OGS, SSHRC/CGS-M, etc., Graduate Student Major Award, Research Stipend or Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Financial Support from Departmental or Principal Investigator Research Funding.


Register With Tuition Exemption On Basis of Progress Delays due to COVID-19 


Please note this option is only available to students that were registered with the Faculty in Winter 2020. Students are eligible to request to register with tuition exemption on the basis of COVID-19 for 1 term only. 

Eligibility for tuition fee exemption. Students must meet the following conditions:

Research-stream programs or professional programs with a thesis/major research component Coursework-only programs (including those with internships or practicum requirements)
  1. Students were making good progress with their thesis/dissertation/major research paper prior to COVID-19 and data collection or access to necessary sources has been significantly impeded due to pandemic-related impacts (e.g., labs closed, fieldwork cancelled, access to materials, archives or library sources has been impeded, personal circumstances).
  2. Additional work is needed before the thesis/dissertation can be defended (e.g., insufficient data or material) or the major research paper can be completed.
  3. All feasible alternative academic activities (e.g., writing sections of dissertation or publications, coursework, professional development) have been completed.
  4. The revised research plan will require an additional session of registration.
  5. The student will be outside the funded cohort and will receive little or no other funding towards tuition charged in the session for which they are applying for an exemption.
  1. Students were making good progress prior to COVID-19 and academic activities or access to necessary resources for degree completion has been significantly impeded due to pandemic-related impacts (e.g., required courses or experiential learning activities have been cancelled or deferred, personal circumstances).
  2. The completion of outstanding academic activities will require additional time beyond the program length of their degree program, as published in the SGS Calendar entry for their graduate unit.

Process:

  • Complete the SGS form on Register with Tuition Exemption on Basis of Progress Delays due to COVID-19
  • Provide a statement to indicate how COVID-19 might have prevented you from degree completion.
  • Please review the eligibility criteria carefully as noted on the form above.
    • For doctoral students, please request for your Supervisor to sign on your form prior to submission; no signature required from the PhD Director. Together with your statement, please submit to Christine Chan.
      • Only eligible to currently registered Year 6 students (that were registered in Winter 2020).
    • For master students, together with your statement, please submit the completed form to Student Services; Program Director’s signature is not required prior to submission.

Please submit request no later than September 1st (for Fall) or January 1st (for Winter) to ensure that your request can be reviewed prior to registration deadline of the term.

Review process: the application/requests from Doctoral students will be reviewed through the Doctoral Sub-Committee of the Committee on Standing, the application/request from MI/MMSt students will be reviewed in the regular/full Committee on Standing.

 


If your tuition fee deferral application is successful or when tuition payment has been received by the University, ACORN will change your status from “Invited”(=invited to register) to “Registered”. If the status has NOT changed to “Registered” on ACORN, contact Student Services!

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Fees payment timeline for Fall 2020-21


mid-July Invoice will appear on ACORN
August 28 Recommended date for students to make Fall term tuition payment (or defer) to ensure that the University receives and processes the payment by September 11th. 
September 11 Registration deadline for students registering for Winter term only; after this date a late registration fee will be assessed.

After this date, students will be required to show proof of payment, to SGS, to become registered: Minimum required payment due (unpaid fees from previous session(s) + 100% of current Fall tuition fee charges).

Beyond which, students will be removed from their courses.

September 30 For students receiving OSAP or other provincial government financial aid:

Recommended date to clear off Fall term tuition balance to ensure that the University receives and processes your payment by October 15th. Beyond which, a monthly service charge will begin accruing on any outstanding Fall term balance.

Updated September 14, 2020: Student Accounts has suspended service charges to December 15th. The new recommended date to pay off your Fall term balance is November 30th to ensure that the University is able to process your payment prior to December 15th.

October 15 Monthly service charges for any outstanding Fall term tuition balance starts accruing.
November 30 Updated September 14, 2020: Student Accounts has suspended service charges to December 15th. The new Recommended date to pay off your Fall term balance is November 30th to ensure that the University is able to process your payment prior to December 15th. Beyond which, a monthly service charge will begin accruing on any outstanding Fall term balance

For students not receiving OSAP/other government provincial loans:

Recommended date for students to clear off Winter term tuition balance to ensure the University received and processed your payment by December 15th. Beyond that, a monthly service charge will accrue on any outstanding Winter term balance.

December 15th For students not receiving OSAP/other government provincial loans:

Monthly service charges for any outstanding Fall term tuition balance starts accruing.

December 15th For returning students that are registering for Winter term only:

Recommended date for students to pay off Winter term tuition (or defer) to ensure the University received and processed your payment by January 18th. Beyond that, you may get removed from your courses.

 January 18 For returning students that are registering for Winter term only:

Registration deadline for students registering for Winter term only; after this date a late registration fee will be assessed.

After this date, students will be required to show proof of payment, to SGS, to become registered: Minimum required payment due (unpaid fees from previous session(s) + 100% of current Fall tuition fee charges).

Beyond which, students will be removed from their courses.

January 30 For students receiving OSAP/other provincial student loans:

Recommended date to clear off your Winter term tuition balance to ensure that the University receives your payment by February 15th. Beyond which, a monthly service charge will accrue on any remaining balance.

February 15 For students receiving OSAP/other provincial student loans:

Monthly service charges for any outstanding Winter term tuition balance starts accruing.

April 30 For students that deferred their tuition under a Major Award or Scholarship or funding package:

Recommended date to clear off any remaining balance. Beyond which, a monthly service charge will begin accruing on May 17

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International Tuition Fee Exemption

In certain circumstances, an international student may be exempted from paying international tuition fees and eligible to pay domestic tuition fees instead. Please review the eligibility criteria on our UofT Fees website.

If you meet the eligibility criteria to be exempted, please contact us at inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca so we may assist.

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