TAF overview

The TAF reduces the amount of tuition each eligible member pays out of pocket to 50% of domestic tuition, once all funding (excluding wages) is taken into account. This fund requires no application, and is paid out automatically by the University in each September following the eligible academic year. The current round of TAF disbursements was sent out in September 2016 and pertains to the 2015-16 academic year.


In order to be eligible for this fund you must be beyond the “funded cohort” and paying tuition in the 5th or 6th year of your PhD (research stream) or 2nd year of your Masters (research stream) in the 2015-16 academic year.  You also must have done at least 1 hour of Unit 1 (TA, CI, CPO, etc.) work between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.

Disbursement Calculation:

Disbursements are based on the amount you were charged for tuition and the amount you received in funding between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.

Conceptually, the fund brings down the amount of tuition any eligible member pays “out of pocket” to 50% the domestic tuition rate. Mathematically, that’s most easily expressed as: tuition minus funding minus 50% domestic tuition. For the 2015-16 academic year, domestic tuition for the year was $7,060 and international was $19,550, so a domestic student’s disbursement is $3,530 minus funding and an international student’s is $16,020 minus funding.

For the purposes of the TAF, funding includes: all supervisor stipends, internal and external grants and awards (DCA, OGS, SSHRC, etc), any T4A RAships (all RAships in the Life and Physical Sciences and Engineering departments and some RAships in other departments), OSAP and other financial aid grants, and any other funding provided by your supervisor, your department, the university, the Canadian or other government, or other funding bodies. Funding does not include: wages, conference/travel/research grants, OSAP loans or other financial aid loans, BSWDs, or SGS emergency grants.

Next steps:

If you believe you are eligible for the TAF (Tuition Assistance Fund), but have either received no correspondence from the University OR received correspondence from the University saying you are eligible for less than you believe you are eligible for, please contact the Union office.

The following notes are relevant to members who were in certain situations in the 2015-16 academic year:
— Members who received certain grants are much more likely to have their disbursements miscalculated by the University.  Please check your disbursement amount carefully if you received any of the following between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016: conference, research, or travel grant; BSWD (Bursary for Students With Disabilities); SGS emergency grant.
— Members in the Social Sciences and Humanities who did RA or casual work that was paid as T4A rather than T4 income are much more likely to have their disbursements miscalculated by the University, so please check your disbursement amount carefully and fill out the form if you think there may be an error.
— SJD students who were in year 4 or Direct Entry PhD students who were in year 7, please fill out the form if your tuition and funding were such that you would be eligible for a disbursement were you in year 5 or 6.
— Members who were not enrolled as a student for the full year (due to leaves, early graduation, late start, etc.) can have a difficult time calculating pro-rated eligibility, so if you think you might be eligible, we encourage you to fill out the form.
— Members who were in partially funded years, please see this document to help you calculate your potential eligibility.
— Members who have already been in touch with someone from CUPE 3902 about their TAF situation must still fill out a form to ensure the collection of all relevant information.

Please submit your form as soon as possible so that there is time for it to be processed, for any subsequent follow-up and/or grievance to be filed, as necessary, within the requisite timeline as designated in our Collective Agreement. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when you submit the form and we’ll be in touch within 2 weeks about your situation.

If you have any questions, please see the TAF FAQ here.  Please note that the FAQ will be continuously updated as we receive more questions.