The 2019-20 Tuition Assistance Fund (T.A.F.) provides tuition rebates to post-funded members in research stream doctoral programs to reduce out of pocket tuition payments to a maximum of $2,800 per year. Depending on the number of applicants and their overall need, we may be able to reduce this threshold even further. Please apply if you had to make any out-of-pocket tuition payments. 


Who is eligible to apply to the 2019-20 T.A.F.?

For the September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020 round of the T.A.F., anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: (a) You have secured at least 1 hour of Unit 1 work by the time of application. (b) You were a post-funded research stream doctoral student in the 2019-20 academic year. Post-funded students are students who received a funding package for a certain number of years and who are now continuing in their program beyond their funded years, without a funding package. (c) You had to pay tuition out of pocket in the 2019-20 academic year.

Examples of members who may be eligible for the 2019-20 T.A.F. include: 4th+ year S.J.Ds. and 5th+ year research stream Ph.Ds.

I have a special circumstance; how will the 2019-20 T.A.F. work for me?

I received a conference, research, and/or travel grant; a Bursary for Students with Disabilities; and/or a U.ofT. School of Graduate Studies (S.G.S.) emergency grant. Grants that explicitly reimburse expenses are not counted as funding for the purposes of the T.A.F. Recipients of these grants are more likely to have their disbursements miscalculated. Please check your disbursement amount carefully.

I graduated! You are still eligible to receive a T.A.F. disbursement for whatever portion of the 2019-20 academic year you were enrolled.Your disbursement will be prorated. 

I was not enrolled as a student for the full year (due to a leave, early graduation, late start, etc.). You are still eligible to receive a T.A.F. disbursement for whatever portion of the 2019-20 academic year you were enrolled. Your disbursement will be prorated. 

I got a T.A.ship (or other Unit 1 work) in the summer of 2020 after the deadline to apply for the 2019-20 T.A.F. had passed. Can I apply for the T.A.F. now? There will be a second round of the T.A.F. in July 2020. You can apply then. This round is only for members who were not eligible in the first round, because they either did not incur tuition expenses until June-August or did not secure bargaining unit work until June-August. The July round will pay out equivalent amounts to the May round.

I’m not in an eligible year/program for the T.A.F. Am I eligible for other tuition support? You may be eligible for the Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (U.S.A.F.).

How much money will I get?

The 2019-20 T.A.F. has been allocated $600,000, and is fully disbursed each year.

The fund disburses, per member, a tuition rebate of whatever amount is needed to bring out of pocket tuition payments down to a maximum of $2,800 per year. Please note that in prior years of this fund, it has been able to reduce out of pocket tuition payments to $0 per year. Please apply if you have to make any out of pocket tuition payments.

Individual disbursements are based on the amount charged for tuition and the amount received in funding between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. 2019-20 T.A.F. Disbursement = Tuition – Funding – $2,800.

For the purposes of the T.A.F., funding includes: all supervisor stipends, internal and external grants and awards (e.g., D.C.A., O.G.S., S.S.H.R.C., etc.), any T4A R.A.ships (all R.A.ships in the Life and Physical Sciences and Engineering departments and some R.A.ships in other departments), O.S.A.P. 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: T4 wages, conference/travel/research grants, O.S.A.P. loans or other financial aid loans, B.S.W.Ds., or S.G.S. emergency grants.

When will I get my money?

Applications for this fund will be open between May 18 and June 12, 2020. Disbursements will follow by the end of the Summer.

How do I apply?

The application form is available online and accessible through the Union’s website. To find the application, login to the Member Portal (found by scrolling up to the top right of this page).

A complete application for the T.A.F. will include: (a) the 2019-20 T.A.F. Application Form, and (b) supporting documentation—this will include your 2019-20 ACORN Invoice, your 2019-20 E.S.S. paystubs, and documentation for any funding (excluding T4 wages and any grants that explicitly reimburse expenses, e.g., travel grants) not captured on either your invoice/paystubs, and (c) your pay slips for any T4A RAships.

You will receive an automatic confirmation email for each application you submit. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not receive a confirmation email you did not successfully submit the application.

If you do not have (a) a membership card (i.e., you do not have a CUPE No., found on the left-hand side of the Portal home page), you will be directed to fill out a Membership Application Form (also found on the ‘Forms’ tab). When your membership application is processed, the 2019-20 T.A.F. Application Form will be accessible through the portal. PLEASE NOTE: processing membership applications can take up to four (4) business days. Failure to fill out a membership application in a timely way (i.e., less than five days before the deadline) is not grounds for submitting a late application.

Applications will be accepted between May 18 and June 12, 2020.