Friday, July 29, 2011

Gradschool e-News : August 2011, Returning Student Edition


Registration fee deadline: August 26

Registration fees are to be paid by August 26. The minimum payment to register amount (65% of current year tuition) is specified on your student fee invoice, (check your account on the Student Web Service). Students with outstanding tuition fees are blocked from registering pending payment. Students who have reached their time limit to achieve candidacy or for completion of their degree program are also blocked from registering, pending an approved candidacy or program extension. After August 26, fees payments may be subject to late charges. Fall session registration ends September 16.

Course enrolment

Course enrolment is normally done through the Student Web Service (SWS) although some graduate units preload required course and research activity. Take a few minutes to check your enrolment. Most graduate classes start the week of September 12. Contact your department if you have questions.

Registrarial information update

Effective September 2011, SGS has made some changes to Program Extension rules and fees for Flex-time Ph.D., Professional Doctoral and Master's students, bringing them in line with the already existing rules for Ph.D. students. Candidacy rules for Ph.D. students will also be extended to Flex-time Ph.D. and Professional Doctoral students, effective September 2011. Returning students who were registered in a program of study before the introduction of these new rules can opt in or complete their program under the rules that existed at the time of initial registration. Details of the new regulations are found on the SGS website and in the Calendar.

SGS Calendar 2011-2012 online

The 2011-2012 SGS Calendar is now available online. The Calendar is a great resource. Are you aware of the deadliness for adding or dropping a course without academic penalty? It's in the Calendar - see Sessional Dates. Do you know the maximum allowable time limit for your degree program? You'll find that and much more in the SGS Calendar and on the Information for Students section of the SGS website.

money matters

Fee deferrals or registration without payment

OSAP and other provincial loan recipients can apply via the Student Web Service to defer fees, pending receipt of funding. Students with full funding packages, awards, research stipends or teaching assistantships can make a request to register without payment pending receipt of funding. Contact your department graduate administrator for more information.

Award payments by instalment

SGS award payments are made three times a year in September, January and May. September award payments (for both internal and external awards) are refunded directly to you. You are responsible for paying your fees. Fees are not deducted from your award instalment except if you have arrears. See Managing Your Award for details. We strongly urge students to set up direct deposit on your account on the Student Web Service to ensure that you receive your payment(s) quickly.

UTM/UTSC campus affiliation and course union fees

UTM/UTSC campus students are eligible for UTM/UTSC incidental (non-academic) fees. Students in single campus programs at UTSC (M. Env.Sci) or at UTM (MBT, MMI, MMPA, DIFA) do not need to apply. Affiliation is assigned automatically. Other students who satisfy the criteria to affiliate with UTM or UTSC need to apply by completing the Change of Campus Affiliation form. Any student who would like to direct their course union fees to the UTM/UTSC departmental course unions may do so by completing this form. September 16 is the deadline to apply for the campus affiliation rebate.

For more information, contact your graduate unit or the appropriate graduate affairs office: UTSC: 416-287-7047; UTM: 905-569-4768.

Maintain interest-free status with OSAP

Full-time students not receiving OSAP for 2011-12 and who wish to maintain interest-free status on Canada/Ontario Student Loans must complete a Schedule 2 form by August 26. Forms are available at SGS (Note: Biotechnology, Management, OISE/UT, Social Work, and Information students may obtain the form at their home graduate unit).

Students with outstanding OSAP loans who do not register full-time in the 2011 fall session have until August 26 to complete and validate a Schedule 2 form in order to maintain interest free status with your previous loan(s). Repayment of your loan is then delayed by six months after the end of school. Please be aware that SGS can only validate while you are still registered. Visit the OSAP website for more information.

Supplements for NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR CGS award-holders who study abroad

The Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements program provides financial support to current Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) recipients to study abroad for a portion of their study program. Eligible recipients may receive up to $6,000 for travel and accommodation to any eligible foreign university or research institution in the world. Further details on eligibility, value and application processes for CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC can be found on the Government of Canada website.


U of T's new online map makes campus easy to navigate

U of T has introduced an innovative new map to help you easily find your way around the St. George campus. It's searchable, layered and allows you to get directions to places on campus from anywhere.

upcoming events

Farm-fresh food at U of T

The U of T Farmer's Markets put you in touch with local farmers, producers and artisans. The UTSC Farmer's Market is every Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm and the St. George Farmer's Market takes place at the Willcocks Common every Thursday 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Hart House Theatre and Canopy Theatre Company present 11th Season of Outdoor Theatre in Toronto

Hart House Theatre and Canopy Theatre Company are pleased to present Lysistrata - the sex strike. Come and enjoy great theatre in an outdoor setting in downtown Toronto. July 20-August 6, Wednesdays to Saturdays, 8:00pm on the Philosopher's Stage (located off of Philosopher's Walk next to the Edward Johnson Building and the Faculty of Law). Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and are available from UofTtix, or pay what you can on Wednesdays. Remember to bring your own blanket or lawn chairs.

supports & resources

Support for TAs

The Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP) is hosting its annual TA Day on Thursday, September 1 at Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., 8:15am-4:00pm. New and returning teaching assistants will learn effective teaching strategies, identify key resources to help support teaching and learning, and will interact with award-winning faculty members and fellow TAs from across the University. The full-day event is free and open to TAs from all three campuses. A full program and online registration will be available August 8 at and registration begins August 15.

English Language Writing and Support (ELWS)

September courses and workshops will be posted on the ELWS website by mid-to-late August, and online registration will open on Wednesday, September 1 at 10:00am. The ELWS Writing Centre will remain closed during August and will reopen in September.

Graduate Professional Skills Program information sessions

The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program is designed to help doctoral-stream graduate students become fully prepared for their future. The program focuses on skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program of study that may be critical to success in the wide range of careers graduates enter, both within or outside of academe. To learn more, attend one of the GPS Information Sessions at Grad Room on Wednesday, September 14 or Thursday, September 15, 2:00-3:00pm.

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