Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Financial Aid

Domestic Students
PhD Funding Policy
International Students
  • Domestic Students

    It is the policy of the University of Toronto that no student admitted to a program at the University of Toronto should be unable to enter or complete the program due to lack of financial means.

    For undergraduate students, a large part of financial aid comes in the form of government student loans such as OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program).  It is further augmented by awards (please refer to Fellowship & Awards section of the site) and Grants/Bursaries. For graduate students, in addition to these, teaching assistant (TA) and research assistant (RA) positions are available.


    Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

    This government student loan program is the primary source of financial assistance for full-time undergraduate students. The OSAP Application Form is available online. Students are encouraged to apply at least two months before their program begins in order to allow adequate processing time.

    For information and counseling on eligibility, appeals and the status of your application, you may contact:

    Enrolment Services
    172 St. George Street
    Toronto, ON M5R 0A3

    T. (416) 978-2190

    Also see Enrollment Services, Student Financial Support for information on resources to consider, budgeting tips and more. Non-Ontario students may also access information on other provincial programs from this web page.


    Undergraduate Grant/Bursary Applications

    The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing offers assistance to undergraduate students with unmet financial need. This funding is limited, and it is therefore expected that applicants have explored all other avenues of financial support available to them (e.g., family support, OSAP) before applying. Grants are intended to provide emergency assistance, or support for costs not considered by other programs. Funding is not adequate to allow these grants to be considered as a major source of assistance for tuition or living expenses.

    Please note that applications will not be considered until November.

    The grants are normally available three times a year:

    • November 15
    • February 1
    • April 1

    Students are notified about the deadlines accordingly.


    Graduate Emergency Grant / Bursary Applications

    The School of Graduate Studies administers an emergency grant program for all graduate students at U of T. Graduate students may download the Graduate Emergency Grant Application Form (PDF).


    Teaching / Research Assistantships

    Teaching/Research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. A number of master’s students are hired as a TA or clinical instructors for undergraduate programs. Doctoral students are hired as TAs for undergraduate and graduate courses. Refer to Join the Faculty section of this website for a listing of available positions.


    Doctoral Funding Guarantee

    Eligible doctoral students are provided with a funding package of $15,000 plus fees for a maximum of four years (years one to four).  Please refer to the “PhD Funding Policy” tab on this web page.

  • Funding Policy for Doctoral Students 2014-2015

    For domestic students without external funding or other supervisory support, the funding package will consist of 3 elements:

    • Tuition fee (approximate value: $8,500)
    • Award (approximate value $9,100 which is a non-taxable income)
    • Teaching assistantship (approximate value $5,900 based on 140 hours of TA work)

    For international students without external funding or other supervisory support, the funding package will consist of 2 elements:

    • Tuition fee (approximate value: $20,000)
    • Award (approximate value $15,000 which is a non-taxable income)

    Therefore, the minimum value of the funding package is $15,000 plus tuition fee.  However, the actual funding amount for many students may be higher.

    Please note the following:

    1. Students are required to apply for a teaching assistantship at the beginning of the academic year.  The department will do its best to secure a TA position.  Failure to accept a TA position would lead to forfeit of the TA portion of the funding.  The “10 hours per week” rule applies to all forms of employment, including TA.
    2. Tuition fee payment is made by the department in the form of an award.  In other words, the department applies to student tuition account the amount equivalent to the tuition amount over 2-3 terms (fall, winter and summer).  This tuition amount may be listed as an award on a CV.
    3. The award portion of the package may be given in the form of one or more awards.
    4. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities tuition waiver program for nursing students does not apply to students receiving a funding package.
    5. A funding letter detailing the amount and the source of the funds will be given each year.
    6. Normally award income does not attract income tax and all awards as well as “studentship” made by the university are not subjected to income tax.  TA income is an employment income and is subjected to income tax.  For further details, consult the Canada Revenue Agency or your tax preparer.

    Students receiving external awards

    In addition to the external funds, students receive the following:

    Amount of total external award(s) Internal funding (made up of award and TA) Tuition fee portion of funding package Merit award
    Up to 19,999 15,000 Yes 0
    20,000 to 34,999 0 Yes 3,000
    35,000 to 49,999 0 Yes 5,000
    50,000 and over 0 Yes 8,000

    Please note the following:

    1. Each threshold above refers to the total value of the award(s).
    2. External awards refer to competitively-reviewed awards given by government and other funding agencies, such as CIHR, SSHR, OGS and others but do not include government sponsored studentship often given to international students.
    3. Many external funding agencies have restrictions on the value of other awards students may accept.  They must be observed.
    4. For multi-year awards, the merit award/tuition would apply each year as long as the students are eligible for the doctoral funding and are receiving the external award.
    5. Students who receive $20,000 or more in external funding may apply for a TA position (generally there are more positions available than there are students to fill them) or another source of employment income that follows the “10 hour per week” rule.

    Support from supervisors

    Students may receive “studentships” without affecting their funding from the department, as long as such studentship value does not exceed $15,000.

    “Studentship” refers to financial support given to students, often by their supervisors but not limited to them, in order to support work that is directly related to the thesis work of a student.  This type of support is also sometime referred to as “research assistantship”.  The nature of the work, not what it is called, should determine whether it is a studentship or not.

    In contrast, pay for work that is not related to the thesis work (often called “research assistantship” also) is an employment income, which is taxable, and is outside the scope of the funding package.  The “10 hour per week” rule must be observed for all work outside of thesis work.  Students contemplating this and any type of work not related to their thesis must consult with their supervisor.

    Updated October 2014

  • International Students

    International students are eligible to be considered for grant assistance. However, because Canada Immigration requires all international students to show that they have adequate resources before admitting them to Canada, a grant will normally be awarded only if there is evidence that the student’s circumstances have changed since his/her arrival. In no instance will the amount sufficient to cover a student’s total university costs.

    For more information on costs and resources for international students, please read Financial Aid Information for International Students.

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