Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Cost of Living

Tuition fees and student fees are set by the University (not by the School), and are subject to change. For September 2021, tuition for a Doctoral degree program is $5,301.54 per year for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and $9,313.92 per year for international students.

International students are eligible for an International Partial Tuition Scholarship of up to $3,200 which is applied to their tuition. Students are eligible as long as they are not recipients of external funding that pays their tuition. Note that the University reserves the right to change the value of this scholarship without notice. For more information please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies funding website.

In addition to the tuition fee, graduate students are assessed student fees of approximately $1057 for access to facilities, such as the Student Recreation Centre, the public transit program, and student-run activities, and approximately $265 for mandatory extended health and dental benefits. All fees are subject to change without notice. For the most current information on fees, please consult the UBC Calendar or the UBC website.

The cost of living in Vancouver can vary substantially depending on many factors. The following is a very rough estimate for living costs for a 12 month period:

  • housing and utilities (based on $800 – $1200 per month): $7,200 – $14,400
  • groceries and food: $3,800
  • British Columbia Medical Services Plan basic health insurance: $900
  • books and supplies: $1,200
  • clothing, personal care, and miscellaneous expenses: $3,000
  • temporary accommodation (e.g. hotel) upon arrival to Vancouver: $500

These cost sum to approximately $16,600 – $23,800 per 12 month period, not including the cost of tuition, student fees, and the extended health and dental plan. A cost of living calculator is also available from the UBC Graduate School.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for first-year students is generally in the form of Fellowships which are awarded on a competitive basis. All applicants to the program are considered for financial aid; a separate application is not required.

Students who make satisfactory academic progress are supported in their second through fourth years through Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships. Funding in the fifth year is determined on a discretionary basis.

Financial aid may be provided through the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. It may also be provided at the departmental level on the basis of a student’s application, which may include academic excellence and other discretionary parameters. Financial aid is open to all domestic and international graduate students.

Teaching assistantships (TAships) are governed by the collective agreement between the University and the Teaching Assistants’ Union. TAships are carried out under the direction of a faculty member and include conducting discussion sections, the marking of assignments and exams, and being available for student consultations. For information on TAship pay rates, please refer to CUPE 2278’s section on UBC’s Human Resources website .

An overview of the various types of financial support available to graduate students at UBC may be found at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. We strongly encourage all applicants to seek external (non-UBC) sources of support. The following is a partial listing of major funding agencies:

A database of information of additional external awards is available at this Faculty of Graduate Studies’ website.