Funding Principles

Best Practices for Graduate Units

Through the 2018 Collective Agreement with CUPE 3902, Unit 1, the University agreed that every student in the funded cohort who is a bargaining unit employee will receive a funding letter from their graduate unit annually. Graduate students must receive this letter between August 15th and September 30th of each academic year. If a student in the funded cohort becomes a bargaining unit employee after September 30th of that academic year, the graduate unit will provide a funding letter no later than 30 calendar days after the start of their appointment.

For details on the information that the University has committed to providing in each funding letter, please see the decanal memo "Funding Transparency and Principles" (May 29, 2018).

While the commitment in the Collective Agreement only applies to members of the CUPE 3902, Unit 1, the School of Graduate Studies nevertheless encourages graduate units to provide the same funding information to all of their graduate students who are in the funded cohort through an annual funding letter. To further improve funding transparency, we recommend that graduate units also inform students about their funding policies so that students understand the terms and conditions under which their funding is provided.

In addition to providing funding transparency, SGS encourages units to:

  • Provide consistent pay: Strive to make funding payments consistent so that students receive similar payments on a month-to-month basis, net of tuition.

  • Consider institutional tuition funding deadlines: Align tuition funding payments to students with University tuition payment due dates so that students have the money funds available to pay their tuition in a timely, stress-free manner.