Funding your Degree

Fees and Financial Aid

Students who are concerned about the financial cost of attending university can obtain an assessment of the amount of funding they can expect to receive from government programs and other forms of financial assistance, by completing a University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS) form. Notification of UTAPS eligibility is included with the University’s offer of admission. For more information, see the UTAPS website.

Government Assistance is available to students with financial need who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Ontario residents are considered for both federal and provincial interest-free student loans from the Ontario Assistance Programs (OSAP). Secondary school students can obtain information and OSAP application forms from their guidance office, or the Admissions and Awards Office at U of T.


All first year applicants are automatically considered for admission scholarships available through the Department, Faculty, and University. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and, in some cases, financial need. These awards range in value up to $15,000. In-course scholarships are available to students who maintain high academic standing in their undergraduate years.

Upper Year Research Awards

Summer is a great time to gain practical experience in a mentored environment by defining problems and identifying solutions.

Our professors hire hundreds of Engineering students to work in their labs over the summer.

Imagine transforming a wall or roof into an energy-harvesting surface with nano-engineered spray paint.

How about working on a team of biologists, chemists and engineers who are designing a nerve regeneration system for injured spinal cords?

Our researchers include students on their teams for many reasons, including the intelligence, dedication and creativity they bring to the project. Professors engaged in research report their results in scientific articles they write for prestigious journals — that’s how other scientists know what’s going on. The name of each member of the research team, including the names of students, is listed. Even before you graduate, you can begin to build an impressive resume of accomplishments.

Working with your professors and classmates in the summer is also a good way to network and make contacts.

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