Student Finances - Dentistry

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 does not come inexpensively, there are options available to help defray the cost of your dental education.

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

An estimate of education costs across the four years of the Schulich Dentistry DDS Program is outlined below. This estimate is provided to assist you in establishing your own personal budget. It does it represent actual tuition levied by Western University. The tuition estimate is based on an average of historical trends and is for reference only.

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

Current and historic fee schedules can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

Living Expenses

Estimated expenses to live in London are outlined below. Estimated rent is based on a student living independently. Rent for shared accommodation may be lower.

Sample Budget

The following are estimates provided as a guideline, designed to stimulate thoughts about your particular needs. Not included in the estimates are living costs for additional family members (e.g. spouse, children), travel/transportation costs and debt financing.

Estimated Expenses (2018/2019)
Year 1 (9months) Year 2 (9months) Year 3 (10months) Year 4 (8months)
Tuition, Dental Kit & Ancillary Fees 56,600 57,200 44,200 41,400
Books 2,900 2,900 2,900 3,400
Rent  6,300 6,300 7,000 5,600
Food  3,600 3,600 4,000 3,200
Entertainment 900 900 1,000 800
Clothing 750 750 900 675
Personal/Incidental 900 900 1,000 800
Laundry 270 270 300 240
Utilities 900 900 1,000 800
Internet/phone 900 900 1,000 800
Estimated Yearly Cost: 74,020 74,620 63,300 57,715

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 $42,000 each ($10,500 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 child care for students with children.

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