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MA Tuition and Funding

Tuition 

Domestic 

  • 2018-19 full-time = $8,489.52 ($6,900.00 program fees + $1,589.52 incidental fees) 

International 

  • 2018-19, full-time = $24,853.52 ($22,640.00 program fees + $1,589.52 incidental fees + $624.00 UHIP)

MA Program Funding

In 2001, the Faculty of Arts and Science introduced a base funding package for eligible graduate students. This package has increased substantially over time. The base funding package helps the Faculty to recruit outstanding students and allows these students to focus on their studies and complete their degrees in a timely manner.

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies provides 50% of the PhD base funding package to full-time MA students. In 2018-19, 50% of the base funding package is $12,745, which includes a stipend of $8,500 plus $4,245 toward tuition and fees.

Students are responsible for any course-related expenses, as well as payment of their tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change on an annual basis.  In 2018-19, the tuition fee for full-time domestic students is $8,490. Additional information is available on the Student Accounts website

The base funding package consists of a University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) and a Research Assistant Stipend (RA Stipend). There is a possibility of top-ups from sources such as the Program-Level Fellowship (amount TBD for 2018-19) and Theatre Production Assistantships (TPA) (maximum: $2,500).

More Information

PLFs are provided by Faculty of Arts and Science. For the 2018-19 academic year, the Faculty of Arts and Science is allocating $1000 for each registered PhD student and $500 for each registered MA student. The distribution of funds is determined in consultation with graduate students each year. For the 2018-19 year, 50% of the amount will be added to base funding and another 50% will be equally distributed among students who are in their final funded PhD year (Year 5).   

TPAs are available from September 11 to August 30 to MA students only. In addition to the guaranteed base funding, students are eligible to secure up to $2,500 by signing up for positions and tasks made available by the Centre. This list of available work will be provided to students on Orientation day. The work will be recorded on timesheets and paid by hour based on the USW (United Steelworkers) rate. The Centre will issue the USW ongoing occasional Letters of Offer (LOO) to interested students in early September.

Every year the Centre hires work-study students to provide employment and career development opportunities. This is a part of the University of Toronto financial aid program. Students may apply for the positions advertised by the Centre, but also for positions advertised by individual faculty members and other departments.

Work-Study positions for the 2018-19 academic year will be made available on the Career Learning Network website

Job postings will be made available to view in August 2018. All students registered as full time for the 2018-19 year will be eligible to apply.

Direct Deposit

The stipend part of University of Toronto Fellowship payments are paid through direct deposit. To set up direct deposit, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your ACORN account. 
  2. Ensure your contact information, including address, is up-to-date under Profile & Settings
  3. Click on Financial Account in the left menu. 
  4. Select Direct Deposit and enter your banking information. You will need your transit number, bank number, and account number. 

Payroll 

  1. Your TPA payments are made through the University of Toronto payroll system (HRIS). All new students should see the Business Officer, Suzanne Micallef, within the first week of September to obtain payroll documents and information on deadlines.
    1. The required documents are:
      1. Banking Authorization Form
      2. Void cheque or printout from bank with account information
      3. TD1 Tax Form, TD1-ON Tax Form
      4. Photocopy of Social Insurance Number (SIN) card, and
      5. Photocopy of study permit (if not a citizen or resident of Canada).
    2. Note to international students: If you do not have a Social Insurance Number, please secure the information required by Services Canada in applying for a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN). You must have a valid Social Insurance Number in order to earn income in Canada. 

Important notes:

  • ACORN/ROSI and UofT's payroll HRIS system are not connected and therefore any changes to your information must be submitted separately for each system.
  • Payroll entries must be processed by the payroll close date, which is typically about the 16th of the month, and about the 7th in December. Your information must reach the Business Officer in sufficient time to allow for processing.

UTF payment comes in two forms: a stipend and tuition.

  • The stipend is paid three times a year: at the beginning of September, January, and May.
  • The tuition is paid directly into the ROSI account in two instalments, in September and January.

CGS-M, SSHRC, FAST and OGS awards are paid in three instalments in September, January, and May. Students holding CGS-M, SSHRC and OGS awards are responsible for paying their tuition as it is NOT automatically deducted from these awards.

RAship Stipend is paid into your account in September by direct deposit.

TPA payday is on the 28th of each month (earlier in December due to university closure).

Scholarships and Awards

MA students are also eligible for scholarships and awards

Financial Aid Resources 

If you are interested in our MA program, you should familiarize yourself with the kinds of financial aid available and related deadlines: