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Post-Residency Fees Now

What are Post-Residency Fees?

Post-residency fees are reduced fees paid by graduate students after they have completed the course work component of their degree and are undertaking the independent research and thesis-writing stages of their programs. The term “post-residency fees” can vary depending on the university. Terms such as “discounted fees”, “additional session”, “post-program”, “continuing”, “non-instructional”, and “reregistration” can all refer to post-residency fees.


During the early to mid-1990s, post-residency fees were phased out in Ontario universities. Outside of Ontario, many graduate students have access to these reduced fees. Today, almost all graduate students in Ontario pay full tuition fees throughout their degree. This makes graduate education much more difficult to afford for students in the province. The Ontario Graduate Caucus re-launched the Post-Residency Fees Now campaign. Member locals have been collecting petition signatures to send to Queen's Park demanding increased funding for graduate students and the reinstatement of post-residency fees in Ontario, a tuition fee reduction and an increase in the number of Ontario Graduate Scholarships.

Do Post-residency fees exist in Ontario?

Yes! McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and Brock University all have post-residency fees.

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY has what’s known as Discounted Fees: Full-time PhD students pay a 50 % reduction in tuition fees after their fourth year (term 12) of study however, they are not eligible for scholarship funding after their fourth year. Also, the School of Graduate Studies has a PhD completion time limit of six years before the university forces students to withdraw from their program.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO has what’s known as a Final Year: Full-time PhD students pay a 50 % reduction in tuition fees during their final year of studies, as long as they complete their degree. However, every academic program in the School of Graduate Studies has a maximum time limit (typically six years).

BROCK UNIVERSITY has what’s known as a First Draft Status: Masters and PhD students who qualify for First Draft Status get one tuition-free semester to complete the final draft of their thesis. Each department evaluates a student’s first draft to determine their eligibility. If they don’t complete their thesis within that semester, the student is charged full fees for the next registered semester.


Does York University have Post-residency fees?

Not exactly. York University has what is referred to as a Tuition Rebate/Graduate Financial Assistance. All full time Unit 1 and Unit 3 members who are international students receive $775 per term while domestic students receive $590 per term. Once you are in year 2 of your masters or year 3 of your PhD, your rebate will increase to reflect your decrease use of university resources. We get this money because CUPE 3903 fought for post-residency fees in our last round of bargaining. For more information, please visit the CUPE 3903 Benefits and Funds.


How to get involved in this campaign?

Stop by our office (Student Centre 325) and sign the Post-Residency Fees Now petition or download the Post-Residency Fees Petition on this page and email our VP Campaigns: campaigns@yugsa.ca.