Graduate Financial Support

Graduate Financial Support

The Graduate Program in Physics and Astronomy provides generous funding and benefit packages to help its students deal with the costs of their studies.

Income

Funding is comprised of one or more of the following internal and external funding sources: fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, scholarships and awards, and research assistantships. Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full–time student, continued satisfactory academic progress as determined by Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations and Program Requirements, and fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.

Domestic Students

Full-time non coursework master's students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of a minimum of $28,742 (2019-2020 rates) for a maximum of two years. Full-time doctoral students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of a minimum of $29,742 (2019-2020 rates) for at least four years. Funding for Years 5 and 6 are established by the CUPE 3903 Collective Agreement. There is no guaranteed funding for a student registered in a doctoral program beyond year 6.

International Students

Funding availability for international graduate students is limited. Full-time non coursework international master's students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of a minimum of $45,446 (2019-2020 rates) for a maximum of two years. Full-time international doctoral students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of a minimum of $45,621 (2019-2020 rates) for at least four years.

More Information

Further information about financial support, including internal and external scholarship opportunities, can be found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies - Funding and Awards.

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Benefits

Graduate students that have Teaching Assistantships and their dependents are eligible for an extensive extended health and benefits package that includes Vision Care, Dental Care, Prescription Drugs and Paramedical Services, as described here: Benefits Overview. All graduate students also receive extended health and benefits as members of the Graduate Student Association, as described here: YUGSA Health and Dental Plan.

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Expenses

York University is located in a major metropolitan setting. Consequently, it is difficult to estimate the cost of living, for much depends upon individual choice, interest, and lifestyle. Students who live alone can expect to pay about $15,000 per year for living expenses. There is a charge for health care for domestic students who do not hold a teaching assistantship. International students are required to participate in and pay for a mandatory medical insurance premium provided through the University Health Insurance Plan.

General information about fees and their payment is provided here. For both domestic and international students, tuition and supplementary fees for the current academic year are laid out here. Information about the Student Choice Initiative and the opt-out process for supplementary fees is given here.

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