Fees, Awards & Financial Assistance - Biopharma Stream

 

Student Fees

Tuition and incidental fees are established by the University of Toronto and are charged annually. They are subject to change and are usually announced and posted to ACORN accounts in mid-April every year. All amounts shown are in Canadian dollars. Tuition fees are also charged in the second year of the Program.

Please visit the Student Accounts website for complete and detailed information about tuition and incidental fees for MBiotech students. 

Fees for DOMESTIC students starting the Program in May 2019 are approximately $19,710 in program fees plus $1,965.95 in incidental, system access and ancillary fees, for a total of $21,675.95. Please check the Student Accounts website in mid-April or your ACORN/ROSI invoice for fees for students who were admitted in May 2019.

Fees for INTERNATIONAL students starting the Program in May 2019 are approximately $44,940.00 in program fees plus $1,965.95 in incidental, system access and ancillary fees, plus $204.00 in University Health Insurance Plan fees for an approximate total of $47,109.95. Please check the Student Accounts website in mid-April or your ACORN/ROSI invoice for fees for students who were admitted in May 2019.

Note that you will need to purchase course packs with case studies in a few of your courses (2-4 courses). Wherever possible, online options will be offered to avoid printing charges. These are listed on the Ancillary Fees schedule published by the University and can total up to $60-$80 per course. You may also require textbooks in one or two courses.

Please check your ACORN/ROSI account for your invoice.
 

Invoices:

Invoices are not mailed. View the fees owing on your ACORN account at www.rosi.utoronto.ca.

For more information about fees, contact Student Accounts or contact us at 905-569-4737 or via mbiotech@utoronto.ca

 

Minimum Payment to Register 

For 2019-2020, the Minimum Payment to Register deadline is May 1st, 2019.


What is the Minimum Payment to Register?

At minimum, 50% of your program fees (minus the $1,500 deposit for newly admitted students) must be paid by the annual deadline date, in order for program registration in the upcoming academic year to occur. Typically, the Minimum Payment to Register is due on-or-around May 1, though the date can shift slightly year-to-year; the program office will notify you in April each year, once this date has been confirmed by Student Accounts. Fees paid after this deadline may incur a late payment charge. If payment is not received, registration will not occur - this affects course enrolment, access to campus services etc. Please note: it can take 5-10 business days for your fees to be processed and to appear in your student account, so ensure you account for processing time when arranging your payment.
 

OSAP Recipients:

As OSAP funding may not be released until AFTER the Minimum Payment to Regsiter deadline has passed, OSAP recipients may register before receiving their OSAP funding/before making any payment. 

If you have been assessed by OSAP for funding and OSAP has determined that you will receive at least $1 in funding, you may request to defer your Minimum Payment to Register until your OSAP funding has been received. This means you may register without payment, until you are able to make payment. 

You may complete the OSAP Tuition Fee Deferral online by logging into your ACORN account and selecting `Financial Accounts'. In the `Financial Accounts' area, select `Tuition Fee Deferral' and follow the directions.

Students who are unable to access the OSAP/Government Student Aid Tuition Deferral tool in ACORN, please contact the MBiotech Office for further information.
 

Awards


The below listings provide a summary of awards available to MBiotech Digital Health students. 
 

1) Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The OGS program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. 

OGS recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies and carries a value of $5000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $15,000 for three consecutive terms.

For complete information about OGS including eligibility criteria and documentation required, please see the SGS website. Please note that in the plan of study area, as we are not a research based program, please write about your professional goals following the degree.

You may apply for the OGS if you have applied to a UofT program (even if you have not yet been offered admission); simply indicate the program(s) you have applied for on your application.  If you are admitted/accept admission to a UofT program, you will be considered for the award.

The OGS online application system will open late-October 2019 for UofT students and applicants. The deadline for MBiotech applicants and students to apply for the 2020-2021 OGS is TBD for domestic applicants and TBD for international applicants. 

Link to online application form: OGS Application Form

Questions? Please email Jennifer Lowe at jennifer.lowe[at]utoronto.ca.


2) Amgen Fellowship 

To be awarded to a student enrolled in the Master of Biotechnology Program, Biopharma Stream (first or second year) on the basis of academic merit and on the consideration of three letters of reference. Financial need will also be considered. The deadline date is May 1st, annually, with applications being submitted to the MBiotech Office.

Value: TBA (average annual value: $6,500 divided between 1-3 recipients)
 

3) Merck Graduate Scholarship in Biosciences and Biotechnology

Awarded annually to an incoming student admitted to MBiotech, based on academic merit. No application is necessary. All newly admitted students are automatically considered.

Value: TBA (average annual value: $2,000-$3,000).


4) MBiotech Impact Award

The MBiotech Impact Award is to be awarded to an enrolled MBiotech student commencing the second year of the program.  Awarded on the basis of academic merit/overall performance in the first year of the program and on the consideration of feedback from MBiotech faculty. Financial need will also be considered. Deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year is May 1st, 2020.

Candidates must submit a one page letter-of-intent to the Program Coordinator, Jennifer Lowe (jennifer.lowe[at]utoronto.ca) indicating why they should be considered for the MBiotech Impact Award – academic achievements/successes from MBiotech’s first year, as well as financial need, should be detailed here. No letters of reference are needed as a committee of MBiotech faculty/instructors will be consulted to determine the recipient. 

Value: approx. $1,500.


5) SGS University-Wide Awards

Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. This year, more than 15 awards with various eligibility criteria and values are offered. Deadlines are usually in May.

The application, individual award descriptions and requirements, and submission instruction sheet can be found at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Internal-Awards.aspx

We'll send out more details regarding these awards to admitted students, usually in April each year. For more information about awards for MBiotech students, please contact Jennifer Lowe at jennifer.lowe{at}utoronto.ca
 

Information on Financial Aid

Information on Financial Aid may be researched through the School of Graduate Studies website at:
http://www.gradschool.utoronto.ca/fees-financial-support.htm

Options for financial aid available to DOMESTIC MBiotech students includes:
 

Provincial Student Loan Programs (eg. Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP))

Please see: http://osap.gov.on.ca/ for information regarding OSAP or visit your home province's website for specific information on other provincial loan programs.
 

IMI Professional Masters Financial Student Aid Program

The institute for Management & Innovation has a grant program for domestic students that apply and qualify for provincial student financial aid (such as OSAP) and have an unmet financial need as determined by their financial aid application.  Please see the IMI website  for further information.
 

Scotiabank - Student Professionals Plan

Master of Biotechnology Program graduate students are eligible for professional student loans from Scotiabank. For more information, visit:

The Enrolment Services website and The Scotia Bank website.
 

Financial Information for International Students

International Students can contact the Centre for International Experience at the St. George Campus or the International Centre at the Mississauga campus for assistance.
 

Emergency Funding

In the case a student experiences unforeseen, serious, and unexpected hardship, the MBiotech program is committed to assisting current students who are in need. Written requests for emergency funding must be submitted directly to the Program Director for consideration. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. The MBiotech Emergency Fund is to alleviate short-term/temporary hardship and it is not considered to be a source of routine or long-term funding.

 

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