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3 Students signing papers during convocation at a table in the gymnasium

Future Students

3 Students signing papers during convocation at a table in the gymnasium


Tuition and Awards

At Trent University, we want to ensure that you are able to concentrate on your studies while pursuing your graduate degree. We are pleased to provide eligible full-time Master of Arts students, Master of Science students and Ph.D. students with a minumum funding package. Funding may vary by program. This financial support normally consists of a graduate teaching assistantship, with the balance coming from one or more sources of internal University funding.

Students are also encouraged to apply to external scholarship granting agencies in early fall for the subsequent year of study. Graduate students are eligible to apply for loans/grants through the Ontario Government Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The School of Graduate Studies may provide a bursary in addition to other sources of funding based on demonstrated financial need.

Financial aid for individual full-time graduate students may be available from the following sources:

  • Scholarships, fellowships and other merit awards from governmental, industrial and other granting bodies in Canada
  • University entrance awards, academic scholarships and tuition bursaries
  • Graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs)
  • Research Assistantships (RAs) with faculty members who hold research grants
  • Research Fellowships
  • Loans from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

External Scholarship Agencies include:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Graduate Finance Officer provides support in the submission of external scholarship applications. For more information on external scholarships and awards, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

For further information on funding and for information on graduate tuition fees, please visit our website:
Trent’s graduate tuition rates are competitive with other Ontario universities. Some sources of financial support are applied directly to your student account to help offset your tuition costs. Many students choose the payroll deduction option to deduct tuition fees from their GTA salary which allows students to spread payments out over the year.