Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Students in the Professional LLM program may qualify for financial aid if they meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit York’s Student Financial Services website for more information.


Royal Bank Credit Line for OsgoodePD LLM Students

Students in the Professional LLM program may qualify for Royal Bank Credit Line of up to $80,000 at a preferential interest rate.


Bursaries

Osgoode Professional Development bursaries are granted to Professional LLM or Graduate Diploma students with financial need. Applications for Regular bursaries are reviewed each term, and Exceptional bursaries are reviewed year-round.

Awards

International Student Entrance Awards

New for Fall 2022!

OsgoodePD entrance awards are open to international students applying to a full-time LLM program. To be considered for this award, applicants to the program must submit the award application form and provide the contact information for a reference who can speak to their academic potential, in addition to submitting the documents required for the Professional LLM admission application.

The deadline for Fall entry award applications is January 15 or April 15, for Winter entry.

OsgoodePD International Entrance Award of Excellence
Applications for this award are open to international students applying to a full-time LLM program who have at least five years of post-graduate professional legal experience and demonstrate excellent academic potential. The award is valued at $30,000 (which is paid out in three installments over the three terms of the program). A total of six awards (three to students starting in the Fall term and three to students starting in the Winter term) will be granted each year. 

OsgoodePD International Entrance Award of Merit
Applications for this award are open to international students applying to a full-time LLM program who have at least two years of post-graduate professional legal experience and demonstrate excellent academic potential. The award is valued at $10,000 (which is paid out in three installments over the three terms of the program). A total of twelve awards (six to students starting in the Fall term and six to students starting in the Winter term) will be granted each year. 

International Entrance Awards Application Process
Eligible international students applying to full-time programs, will get access to the award application via the Application Portal, upon submission of their application fee (provided that the fee is submitted before the award application deadline).

The award application contains three questions each with a maximum word limit of 500 words (supplementary information will not be accepted):

  1. Describe how your professional and academic background make you a strong candidate for the award(s) you are applying for?
  2. What academic and professional goals do you plan to achieve during and after the Professional LLM?
  3. How would receiving this award help you to achieve these goals?

Applicants will also be asked to provide contact information for one support person (reference) for this award. This person can be an academic or professional reference. The can be one of the referees you used for your LLM Application or they may be someone different.

Award supports will be sent a form to complete via e-mail application containing three questions each with a maximum word limit of 500 words (supplementary information, in lieu of or in addition to completion of the form will not be accepted):

  1. What is your relationship to the applicant (for example, manager, professor, colleague, etc.) and how long have you known them?
  2. What makes the applicant an exceptional candidate for this award? Please refer to specific specific academic or professional achievements. If the applicant has personal circumstances relevant to their merit for this award you may include that information here.
  3. What goals (professional or academic) will the applicant achieve through the Professional LLM and how would receiving this award contribute to their success?

Award support forms are due within two weeks of the award application deadline.


The Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington Award

Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington, the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School from 1993 to 1998 and founder of Osgoode Professional Development, established this award to be given to a student pursuing studies in the LLM program. The award will be granted annually (each Fall term) to a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person, resident of Ontario, on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Applications for the Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington are made through the Osgoode Professional Development bursary application.


Vukica and Ljubomir (Bata) Dimitrijevic Memorial Annual Award

This award is established by the granddaughter of beloved grandparents, Matata and Deda Bata, for their unconditional love from the day she was born until they passed away in 2004 and 2006, respectively. It will be given annually (in each Fall term) to a student in the Professional LLM who is an internationally-trained lawyer or law graduate pursuing their first academic program in Canada. Full-time or part-time students paying either domestic or international fees are eligible. The recipient must demonstrate financial need. Applications for this award are made through the Osgoode Professional Development bursary application.


Sasa Jurak Memorial Annual Award

This award is established by Katarina Jurak, the daughter of beloved father, Sasa Jurak who passed away on January 7, 2020. It will be given annually (in each Fall term) to a student in the Professional LLM in International Business Law who is paying either domestic or international fees. The recipient must demonstrate financial need. Applications for this award are made through the Osgoode Professional Development bursary application.

Academic Waivers

Academic Fee Waiver for Senior Citizens (Partial For OsgoodePD LLM Programs)

York University automatically applies a partial fee waiver for all Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 60 years of age or older by:

  • May 1, for registration in the summer session; or
  • September 1, for registration in the fall/winter session (including winter term courses, which are part of the fall/winter session).

The fee waiver cannot exceed the level of tuition fees assigned to domesticnon-professional programs at York University. For the Fall 2022 and Winter 2022 terms, this means that the total amount of the fee waiver is $717.75 for part-time students, and $1,435.51 for full-time students. Students are therefore responsible for the remainder of the Professional LLM tuition fee.

The waiver covers academic fees only. Students are responsible for any additional charges including interest charges, student health and dental plans, course materials fees, supplementary fees, etc.

For more information see the Waivers and Payments by a Third Party (External Agency) page on York University’s website.


Tax Credits

Tuition and Education Tax Credit

Students may qualify for a tax credit for tuition fees and education amounts. The amount of the tax credit depends on each student’s taxable income. For information, please consult Canada Revenue Agency’s Information on Students and Income Tax.