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Visit the Scholarships and Student Aid Office website for tuition rates and fee information. This page acts a general guide on how much you can expect your graduate education to cost, including living expenses and other fees. The site includes fee information for Quebec, Canadian and international students. The site also provides you with valuable information on debt management and Budget Counselling. For more exact information on the cost of tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounts website.
At McGill University, we are committed to helping you finance your education. Our goal is to simplify the funding process and provide you with funding opportunities for the duration of your graduate studies. We offer our research students the most competitive and generous funding level in Quebec. Our funding, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.
How are graduate students funded?
There are two main types of funding available to you: McGill funding (financial support distributed by the university) and external funding (grants and fellowships administered by provincial and federal governments or other agencies).
External fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit through a competition process, and usually range in value between $15,000 and $50,000. We recommend that you apply for external funding as soon as you have decided to pursue graduate studies, in order to maximize your funding.
Learn about how external funding works.
McGill funding includes:
- Graduate fellowships and scholarships (including Schulich Scholarships)
- Departmental and faculty awards
- Stipends from McGill faculty members’ research grants or research contracts
- Teaching assistantships (TA)
- Research assistantships (RA)
Learn more about how McGill funding works.
External funding includes fellowships from:
- Federal departments and agencies (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC for Canadian applicants)
- Canadian awards for international students (PBEEE, Vanier CGS, Canadian Foreign Affairs Awards for foreign students)
- Foreign government awards for study in Canada (check with your country’s educational authority)
- Provincial departments and agencies (i.e. FQRNT, FQRSC, FRSQ)
- Private companies
International student Funding
Various forms of financial support are available to international students including McGill funding, external funding and student aid. We encourage you to contact your country's educational authorities to inquire about funding opportunities to study abroad. In addition, various external sources offer funding opportunities to study in Canada.
McGill student aid
The Student Aid Office administers both McGill’s financial aid program and all government student aid programs. McGill’s need-based financial aid program includes short term loans, limited bursary assistance, and a Work Study program. In addition, the Student Aid Office offers advice on debt management and budget counselling.
All applicants for McGill financial aid must first apply for the maximum government assistance for which they are eligible:
- Citizens,and permanent residents, of Canada are eligible for federal and provincial government loans.
- Citizens,and permanent residents, of the United States are eligible for US government loans.
- International students are eligible for McGill financial aid, but not for provincial government aid (unless they become permanent residents).
Cost of Attendance
Montreal is a safe, accessible and affordable city with a low cost of living. For information on living costs please visit McGill's cost of attendance website. For further information, visit the Living in Montreal - Cost of Living website. This site includes detailed information on housing and taxes, and includes a section on studying in Montreal.
While studying at McGill, there are a variety of affordable and convenient housing options available to you. We offer limited on-campus housing and a housing service to help you find an apartment off-campus. Residence accommodation is also available on the Macdonald Campus.
If you’d like to live on the downtown campus, there are two main types of housing available. We offer single bedrooms in shared-facilities houses and single occupancy apartments. Each year, a limited number of graduate housing spaces become available. You must be an admitted student to be considered for graduate housing. To apply, simply check off the “housing requested” box on your McGill application. Visit the Graduate Housing Office website for more information.
If you’re looking to find an apartment or room off-campus, the Off-Campus Housing Office is here to help! The service acts as your guide and provides friendly advice to help you in your search. The Off-Campus Housing Service publishes lists of apartments for rent, apartments to share and rooms for rent in private homes. These lists are updated daily and are available online to all students who have a valid McGill ID number. The Off-Campus Housing Service website also contains information on renting in Montreal, on the lease laws for the Province of Quebec and includes links to other useful sites.
Services for graduate students
At McGill, we want to provide you with the best possible graduate student experience. Our full range of student services and resources aim to support your life, learning, personal and academic achievement. We offer you the opportunity and flexibility of services in a variety of areas related to your educational and personal pursuits.
Explore the wide variety of facilities, amenities, services and resources that McGill has to offer