Financial Information

Each year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University invests millions of dollars into our graduate students and the research they are pursuing.

When deciding to pursue graduate studies, financing your education is an important consideration. Our goal is to ensure that our students have the opportunity to fully dedicate themselves to the successful completion of their graduate program. Learn about cost of living in St. Catharines to see how far your funding package will go!

Note to U.S. applicants: Brock University is not currently participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Higher Education Act funding. This means that U.S. Students are not eligible to receive funding under the program, and that students with prior funding issued through the program are ineligible to defer repayment while studying at Brock. Brock is actively working with the U.S. Department of Education to reinstate eligibility for Title IV Higher Education Act funding for American students.

International Student Ambassador Award Program

The new International Student Ambassador Award program selects 10 to 15 students who will have their tuition fees cut from the international rate to the domestic rate — a discount of about $16,000. Find out more about the International Student Ambassador Award.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding our current tuition and fees please click here. These fees are subject to change on a yearly basis.

Scholarships and Funding

Financial support is a top priority at Brock University. Brock offers our full-time research based graduate students a funding package for the defined length of the graduate program (master’s programs 3 to 6 terms, doctoral programs 12 terms). Visit each graduate program page for specific information.

Our funding packages typically consist of a combination of different sources of funding including graduate fellowships and graduate assistantships.

As of 2017/18 our graduate students will receive a minimum of:


  • Master’s graduate student $15,576/year
  • Doctoral graduate student $21,576/year


  • Master’s graduate student $22,076/year
  • Doctoral graduate student $28,076/year

(International students in funded programs receive an International Tuition Fellowship of $6,500/year)

Many packages will also include additional funds such as:

  • Research Fellowship $1,000-$10,000/year

Main sources of Graduate Student funding include:

  • Graduate Fellowships — $7,500/year for master’s students and $13,500/year for doctoral students
  • Graduate Assistantships — $4,038/term (most graduate students receive two terms of GA per year)
  • Entrance Scholarships — Additional entrance scholarships are awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies and graduate programs. No application is required.

Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarships 

Brock University values, and awards, our external scholarship recipients with an additional award to honour their achievements. This scholarship is in lieu of the graduate fellowship.(DGS Excellence Scholarship replaces Graduate Fellowships for scholarship recipients).

  • NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR Scholarship master’s award winners receive an additional $5,000/year
  • OGS QEII-GSST Scholarship master’s award winners receive an additional $2,500/year
  • NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR Scholarship doctoral award winners receive an additional $8,500/year
  • OGS QEII-GSST Scholarship doctoral award winners receive an additional $6,000/year

Our graduate students may also apply for Internal Donor Awards, Travel Expense Reimbursement, Bursaries, and other types of financial aid throughout their studies. External awards are also available to those who qualify.

Budgeting for your Graduate Studies education

If you are wondering how this will all work out financially, we encourage you to budget for the upcoming year by using our BudgetResourceTool16-17. This tool has been designed to assist you in creating a budget by simply filling in your funding amounts, tuition and ancillary fees.

Living Expenses

The following expenses reflect the average estimate of costs per year for a single person living in St. Catharines (typically 3 terms per academic year). The Niagara Region has one of the lowest costs of living in Ontario.

Housing costs (room or one bedroom apartment)
$6 000 – $8 000
Books and supplies (varies by course and program)
$750 – $1000
Food and personal items
$5 000 -$6 400
$750 – $1 000
$300 – $700
Miscellaneous (i.e. medicine, eyeglasses, entertainment)
$200 – $700
$2 000 – $2 200
$15 000 – $20 000

*Co-op students may incur additional expenses during the internship terms.

Please contact if you have any questions.