How Funding Works: Professional Programs

Kasia Pytlik

“Toronto is the best city to gain the practical skills needed to work within a clinical setting.”

Kasia Pytlik
Alumna (2012), Master of Social Work
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Students in professional graduate programs typically self-fund their educational expenses through a variety of programs including student loans, student line of credit, and employment income. Students may also be eligible for a limited number of graduate awards available through their graduate units and various external agencies.

Students in professional master’s and doctoral degree programs fund their studies through various means. Many students apply for government student loans such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or other provincial loans. Students who are eligible for government loans may also qualify for the University of Toronto Financial Aid (UTAPs) grant. Students registered in selected professional graduate programs may be eligible for further assistance through the Scotia Professional Plan Student Plan (SPSP).

A number of graduate units have selected awards available to students in professional programs. To see if you qualify, please consult your graduate unit.

For additional funding options for professional graduate programs, please see the Financial Aid page on Enrolment Services’ website web page.