Budgeting for Aboriginal Students

Dollars & sense

Create your university budget by knowing what the university offers you and what you need to do to make sure you can access the funding you need.

Full-time tuition (5 courses) + compulsory supplementary fees $7,523 $7,523
Textbooks and supplies
(varies by program)
$1,000 to $1,500 $1,000 to $1,500
Housing $5,552 (residence) $0 (living at home) / $7,000 (apartment)
Meal plan/Groceries $2,950, $3,350, $3,750 or $4,150 $0 (living home) $4,000 (apartment)
Personal expenses $2,500 $3,300
Health care $241 ($853 CDN for international students) $241 ($853 CDN for international students)
$12,323 (living at home)
$23,323 (apartment)

* These are yearly costs based on a full-time student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 session. Fees are subject to change. For the most up-to-date course and program fees, visit sfs.yorku.ca/fees.
** Totals are based on highest cost range for Canadian students.

Plans that work

As you begin your journey researching financial opportunities to fund your postsecondary education, below are two different examples of a financial plan.


Karen is a mature student in first year who will be living in an apartment off campus. The cost of her first year, including living expenses, will be approximately $22,843. Karen, as a Status First Nations student, has received Band funding for full-time studies that covers her tuition costs and provides a $750-per-month living allowance.

Here is how she is funding her education at York University:

Band Funding York Scholarship Personal Contribution Work/Study Position
$13,102 $5,000 $2,441 $2,300


Jasper is a first-year student who will be living on campus. The cost for his first year will be approximately $20,409. He comes from a Non-Status First Nations family of three children, with one child attending university this year and a combined family income of $50,000.

Here is how he is funding his education at York University:

Government Loan Personal/Family Contribution Government Grant York Scholarship Work/Study Position York Bursary
$8,000 $4,909 $2,500 $2,500 $2,000 $500

Note that these are only examples for illustration purposes and do not necessarily reflect actual assessments.
Your financial circumstance will be assessed on an individual basis.