Funding Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find out about funding opportunities?
The Graduate Awards website lists many upcoming funding opportunities. Each entry provides key information about the funding opportunity, including the application deadline and information on how to apply. We also encourage you to utilise the additional resources for award applicants, including links to other funding databases.
You can also view our Financing Your Education webinar.
Can I get a teaching assistantship?
Graduate Assistantships (teaching/non-teaching) are assigned at the time of admission by your home department. If you are not offered a GA (t/nt) in your letter of offer it is still possible for a department to offer you an assignment if the department is in need of GA’s. Contact your department’s Graduate Coordinator for more information.
What are Graduate Assistantships (teaching/non-teaching) and Graduate Assistantships (research)?
Graduate Assistantships are contracted employment within your faculty or by a faculty member and are guided by the Graduate Collective Agreement.
How will I be paid for my Graduate Assistantship?
Graduate Assistantships whether for teaching/non-teaching or for research are paid via the University’s payroll system. Funds are directly deposited into your bank account on the last business day of the month.
GA (teaching/non-teaching) are paid only in the semester you are completing the work. Typically departments have GAs in the Fall and Spring terms.
How will I receive my scholarships?
Internal awards are paid into your university account and first applied against any outstanding tuition and fees. External awards may be paid in monthly installments via payroll via direct deposit into your bank account at the end of the month. To find out if an award is internal or external, please review the funding database. For external award payment follow-up with the Graduate Awards Advisor.
Will my awards pay my tuition and fees?
Internal awards are first applied against any outstanding tuition and fees; please review your uLeth financial account to determine if you have a positive balance (where the balance can be moved over to your bank account) or a negative balance (you need to pay the balance by the due date) after your award payments have been applied. Award payments are typically June 1, October 1 and February 1.
When will my awards be dispersed?
Internal scholarship payments are typically June 1, October 1 and February 1. External scholarships may be paid via payroll in monthly payments or at other times in the year as stipulated by the agency. To find out if an award is internal or external, please review the funding database. For external award payment follow-up with the Graduate Awards Advisor.
When and how will my graduate assistantship payments be dispersed?
Graduate Assistantships (teaching/non-teaching/research) are paid via the University’s payroll system. The University has a single payday per month with funds distributed directly to your bank account on the last business of the month.
What awards can I apply for? How do I apply?
There is a funding database on the School of Graduate Studies’ website. This site is there to help kick off your search for applicable funding opportunities. Each award has its own application, eligibility criteria and deadlines so be sure to read the instructions carefully and follow them exactly.
Can my tuition be waived?
No. Every student must pay tuition and associated fees. Scholarships that are applied to your account will credit these outstanding costs. In addition, you can arrange to have an amount deducted from your University of Lethbridge paycheque each month.
How much is tuition?
Please see detailed information regarding tuition here.
When does tuition have to be paid?
Tuition and fees are due on June 1, October 1 and February 1.
What is my tuition if I take courses?
Graduate programs within the Faculty of Arts & Science and Dhillon School of Business do not charge for courses above the tuition costs. Please see detailed information regarding tuition here.
I am applying for a scholarship. Can you pull the reference letters and transcripts from my admission application?
No. Because many scholarships are sent out to the funding agencies, each application requires it’s own set of transcripts as well as reference letters.
Is there someone who can help with me with my scholarship application?
Yes, your questions can be directed to the Graduate Awards Advisor via firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I need to contact the Graduate Awards Advisor?
What happens if I register late?
We cannot assign or activate any award funding until you are registered as a full-time graduate student for the funding period. If you are not registered within the first week of the term, your employment payments (e.g. Graduate Assistantships) will be delayed by one month. If you are not registered by the add/drop deadline of the term, your award payments will be delayed by one month.