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Financial Information

Funding Overview
Fees
Health Benefits
Payroll Information
Tax Information and Documentation
Maintain Interest-Free OSAP
Parental Leave Fund


Funding Overview

All graduate students in the funded cohort who are in good academic standing** in the Department of Chemistry are guaranteed funding of at least $22,100 plus tuition and incidental fees. The stipend usually includes three components: teaching assistantship, research stipend and fellowships/bursaries/awards/scholarships. Funded cohort is defined as the following: Year 1 of MSc; years 1 to 4 of PhD: and up to the end of year 5 of Ph.D. for direct-entry Doctoral students. The level of support is higher for students with external scholarships.

International students in the funded cohort receive a tuition scholarship to cover the difference between domestic and international fees. International students outside the funded cohort have to cover their full international fees.

For students outside the funded cohort (applicable to second year Master's and sixth year doctoral students; fifth year for students in a 4-year program), the annual level of support is up to $15,500 plus tuition/incidental fees. Research assistantship is at the discretion of the supervisor after the first year of being outside the funded cohort.  Second year Master's students will receive a monthly pay equivalent to a funded cohort student up to 17th month of their registration.

The stipend rates for 2016-2017 are as follows:

  • $30,592*- program base funding for students within the funded cohort**
  • Up to $23,992* - funding for students outside the funded cohort**
  • Up to $32,823 - holders of Ontario Graduate Scholarship, The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, RAP, CIHR**
  • Up to $34,701 - holders of NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS/CGS M, PGS-D)**
  • $36,500 - holders of NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (CGS-D)
  • $50,000 - holders of NSERC Vanier

View a detailed breakdown of the funding package.

All scholarships, awards, fellowships and some bursaries are considered part of the funding package. The supervisor may match a portion of the award at his or her discretion. Whenever awarded a scholarship or fellowship, please inform the Graduate Office and your supervisor immediately.

* Rates may vary depending on campus affiliation. Incidental fees at UTM are generally higher than STG and UTSC fees are generally lower than STG.

** Students must be in good academic standing to maintain funding. Review the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) policy on Good Academic Standing.

Stipend rates are in compliance with the no off-set clause for increase wage rates as specified in the current CUPE3902 collective agreement.

Summary of funding packages:

Funded cohort student with no major scholarship

  • Regular UT Fellowship (R-UTF) valued at $8600. Equal instalments at the beginning of every session.
  • Research assistantship (RA) (pro-rated on a monthly basis).
  • Teaching assistantship (TA) for 190 hours/year towards the funding package.

Funded cohort student with a Teaching Reduction Award

  • Regular UT Fellowship (R-UTF) valued at $8600. Equal instalments at the beginning of every session.
  • Teaching Reduction UT Fellowship (TR-UTF) valued at $5000. Two instalments of $2500 at the beginning of the fall and winter terms.
  • Research assistantship (RA) (pro-rated on a monthly basis).
  • Teaching assistantship (TA) for a maximum of 100 hours towards the funding package.

Holders of OGS or QEII-GSST

  • OGS or QEII-GSST scholarship. Equal instalments at the beginning of every session.
  • Regular UT Fellowship (R-UTF) is valued at $3673. Equal instalments at the beginning of every session. Students outside the funded cohort are ineligible.
  • Research assistantship (RA) (pro-rated on a monthly basis).
  • Teaching assistantship (TA) for 50 hours/year (optional) towards the funding package.

Holders of NSERC

  • NSERC scholarship. Three equal instalments at the beginning of every session.
  • Regular UT Fellowship (R-UTF) is valued at $6472. Equal instalments at the beginning of every session. Students outside the funded cohort are ineligible.
  • Research assistantship (RA) (pro-rated on a monthly basis).
  • Teaching assistantship (TA) for 50 hours/year (optional) towards the funding package.

Non-funded cohort students with no major scholarship

  • Research assistantship (RA) (pro-rated on a monthly basis)
  • Teaching assistantship (TA) for a minimum of 170 hours/year towards the funding package
  • RA is at the discretion of the supervisor for masters students beyond their second year, beyond sixth year for doctoral students and fifth year for students in a 4-year program.

Rates are subject to change based on fees and sources of funding.

Please note the following:

1) Monthly RA will be lower from May to August if additional UT Fellowship is issued by the university for the summer session.  RA amount will be adjusted in accordance to the additional UT Fellowship amount.

2) Monthly pay every session will vary depending on the TA assignment. Payments are based according to tenure of the contract. For example: 100 hour contract for the fall session (Sep-Dec) = 25 hours/month x the TA hourly rate (less legal and union deductions).

3) A student will be receiving only RA from May to August plus any applicable award instalments if a student has fulfilled the teaching component of their funding package.

4) All award instalments after October will go towards outstanding fees first (eg. UT Fellowship in January), even if you have arranged for your fees to be deferred.

5) A student who turns down a TA position forgoes that portion of the funding package.

6) A supervisor may stop RA payments if a student is deemed to be unproductive in the lab.

7) A supervisor may reduce RA if a student is teaching more than the recommended TA hours and less time in the lab in the case where it is affecting their research progress and degree completion.


Fees

Students pay their own tuition and incidental fees from their stipend. View the current tuition fee and refund schedules. Students through their bank either pay in person with a printout invoice from ROSI/ACORN or via online banking. The student account number is posted on the invoice viewable on ROSI/ACORN under Financial Accounts. Please contact Student Accounts for enquiries about your fees invoice.

  • Students may arrange to pay fees until April 30 without incurring any service charges. Please fill out the Request to Register Without Payment (Fee Deferral) form and submit to the Chemistry Graduate Office by the end of August. It is recommended that students pay at least a monthly instalment from September to April to avoid future arrears.
  • Scholarship instalments are applied against any outstanding balance beginning in October.
  • Fees for final year PhD students are pro-rated on a monthly basis. Monthly fee schedules are available at the Fees Department.
  • International students in the Chemistry Department are only required to pay the amount equal to domestic fees. A tuition scholarship will be applied directly to your account at the beginning of the fall and winter sessions.

Health Benefits

MSc and PhD students are automatically enrolled in the University of Toronto Graduate Students (UTGSU) Health and Dental Plan. It is paid as part of your Graduate Student Union fee. If you can provide proof of equivalent coverage, you may be able to opt-out of, or your dependents into, this benefit.

Teaching assistants with a teaching appointment of 50 hours or more within the academic year receive additional coverage through the CUPE3902 - Unit 1 Top-Up Health and Dental Benefit Plan. Benefits include supplemental health and dental coverage, and a health care spending account (HCSA).

In addition to health benefits administered by the Graduate Student Union and benefits acquired from teaching, international students' incidental fees include coverage under the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Students with dependents are also covered.


Payroll Information

Graduate students must submit the following documentation to the Chemistry Graduate Office in advance of receiving TA or RA payment:

Graduate students receive TA and RA payments on a monthly basis. Payday is the 28th of each month, or the closest Friday if the 28th falls on a weekend. Access to the payroll system usually closes by mid-month for the processing of monthly pay. Therefore, documentation should be submitted by the 12th in order to guarantee payment for the current month (e.g., by March 12 to receive pay on March 28).

View your monthlypayroll statements online.

Students must update the Chemistry Graduate Office via e-mail of any address changes to ensure receipt of their tax documentations. Modifications on ROSI/ACORN will not update contact information on the payroll system.


Tax Information and Documentation

All income is taxable income including pay from teaching assistantships (T4). Taxes are deducted from a student's gross pay at the time of compensation. Taxes are not deducted from scholarships and research assistantships (T4A), however, they must be claimed when filing the income tax return. Canada Revenue Agency provides additonal information about taxeson scholarships.

For tax purposes, students receive one T4 (from teaching assistantship), if applicable, and two T4As (from research stipend, fellowship, grant, bursary and scholarship). The address on both the ROSI/ACORN and payroll systems must be up-to-date to ensure receipt of the tax documents. Copies of monthly paystubs, T4s and T4As from research assistantships can be obtained from Employee Self-Service. T4As from scholarships can be obtained from ACORN/ROSI.

Tuition certificates are issued by the Student Accounts Office and only include payments made within that income tax year. If you have questions about the amounts, please contact the Student Accounts Office.


Maintain Interest-Free OSAP

Students who need to maintain an interest-free OSAP must bring their forms to School of Graduate Studies at 63 St. George Street. Graduate departments are unable to process these forms.


Parental Leave Fund

The Department of Chemistry has updated its parental leave policy to support graduate students within six months following the birth or adoption of a child. The leave will commence no earlier than two weeks before the due date/arrival of the child. Our goal is to proactively provide support to the idea that having children is compatible with pursuing an academic career. Expectant parents are encouraged, well in advance, to discuss timing with their supervisor and the Graduate Office in order to make appropriate arrangements with respect to their research, TA, and course work.

Students will be financially supported for a period of up to six months with a funding package equivalent to support at the Chemistry funded cohort rate (take-home is currently $22,100 per annum,or $1840/month). The package may include contributions from NSERC/CIHR fellowships, grant support, and from the Department of Chemistry. For those who are eligible for the parental/adoption leave under the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 provisions, this contribution will form part of the funding package.

Parental leaves will continue to be governed by the School of Graduate Studies policy on leaves of absence. Periods of leave are not counted as time toward degree. Students must fill out the SGS Leave Request form and submit it to the Chemistry Graduate Office. Once on leave, students pay no fees. SGS views leaves as normally commencing and ending on the beginning and end of a term. When a parental leave is to start or end in the middle of a term, then Chemistry, at the behest of the student, will contact the Director of Students Services in SGS to make special arrangements with respect to fees.

The parental leave support was implemented in January 2007 and updated September 2016.

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