Dental Student Finances

Planning for Success

If your dream is to have an influence on health care in Canada as a dentist, the cost of a dental education should not limit your dream. While the pursuit of a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree is not inexpensive, there are options available to help defray the cost of your dental education.

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Current and historic fee schedules for both domestic and international students can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

Tuition includes compulsory dental kit fees, comprised of:
  • required itemized equipment, clothing and manuals which become the property of the student
  • laundry fees during enrolment

Living Expenses

The following list is provided as a guideline, designed to stimulate thoughts about your particular needs:

  • rent/mortgage
  • utilities
  • internet/phone
  • books
  • food
  • household essentials
  • clothing
  • laundry
  • vehicle
  • travel/transportation
  • entertainment
  • personal/incidental costs
  • fees (ie insurance, license renewals, subscriptions, memberships, etc)

Funding Your Education

It is necessary to decide how you will finance these expenses. Successfully financing your education means careful planning and close attention to budgeting. Identifying financial resources, estimating costs and developing strategies to meet these costs should be a part of your plan to attend dental school.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Western University offers over $632,000 in scholarships and bursaries to support Schulich Dentistry students.

In addition, the University offers four Schulich Dentistry Scholarships valued at $44,800 each ($11,200 per academic year, up to four years).

For more information on scholarships and awards, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Ontario Student Assistance Program

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that can help you pay for university. OSAP offers funding through two kinds of money:

  • Grants which do not need to be paid back.
  • Student Loans which need to be repaid once university is completed.

OSAP is available to help fund not only tuition, books/equipment/supplies and mandatory student fees but also living expenses for full-time students and childcare for students with children.

For complete details, including who is eligible and how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.