Tuition & Fees


Tuition fees = program fees + campus fees

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

All our Master’s students must pay a minimum degree fee. It represents the minimum amount of tuition that every student must pay upon completion of their program prior to graduation. The minimum degree fee is equivalent to two years of full-time program fees. This means: regardless of whether you are completing the MI program degree as a full-time or part-time student, you’ll be paying at least two year’s worth of full-time program fees. If a full-time student requires more than 2 years, or a part-time student requires more than 6 years, to complete degree requirements, then additional tuition (beyond the minimum) will be required.

This means that our part-time students often have a Balance of Degree fee to pay off by the time they are completing degree requirements – as they would not have paid enough to meet minimum degree fee during their enrolled terms – as our part-time students typically take less than 6 years to complete degree requirements.

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Tuition fees | Summer tuition fees & gym memberships | Balance of Degree fee | Previous years’ tuition

How to make Tuition payment When to make Tuition paymentInternational Tuition Fee Exemption

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

Tuition fees


Fall & Winter 2020-21


Bachelor of Information students

Fees for our graduate programs are charged per session, not by course.  Each program has its own sessional fee according to the tables below.

Master of Information students

Master of Museum Studies students

Combined Degree program students

  • 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)

Doctoral students

DAIS students

Refund schedule for graduate students

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Summer 2020


We are working to update the links below as the Fees office website just underwent a revamp.

Bachelor of Information students

 

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.

Full-Time Students

  • OGS and CGS-M/SSHRC recipients who plan on receiving 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.

Part-Time Students

Students Returning from Leaves of Absences or Temporary Stop-outs

  • If applicable, pay your summer fees by May 1, 2020 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.

Summer 2020 Full-time OSAP Extension form – now available Online

To learn all the various methods on tuition payment, please review the detailed information on the Student Account Services website.

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 have been registered with the Faculty in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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.
    • 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 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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