Study Costs and Financial Aid

When talking about a study project, financial planning always comes with it. At Polytechnique, tuition fee accessibility is made possible by different measures to help you financially. The goal? To allow you to fully focus on your studies and projects, without having to worry about your study budget.

Approximate Yearly Budget 2017-2018

The cost of studies varies according to several factors: the type of program chosen, the number of courses taken per semester and the student’s status. The table below shows an estimate of the yearly cost for studying at Polytechnique Montréal. All amounts are in Canadian dollars. They are provided for reference purposes only and may be changed without notice. Tuition fees and related fees are increased each year. 

Research Funding

Financial aid is generally granted to students registered in a doctorate or research-based master’s (recommended funding amount – MAFS).

  • Doctorate: $20,000 per year
  • Research-based master’s: $17,500 per year

This financial aid IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY given to each student. It’s up to the research supervisor to determine, according to the student’s academic record and status, if they are eligible. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Recommended funding amount guide (in French only)

Exemption from differential tuition fees

In keeping with the regulations in effect in Québec, all international students and the Canadian students from outside of Québec must pay differential tuition fees, which are higher than tuition fees for Québec students.


Polytechnique provides exemption bursaries (in French only) to cover the differential tuition fees for international graduate students and Canadian graduate students from outside of Québec. These exemptions help reduce these students’ tuition fees to the same level as Québec students.

  • Doctorate: all students enrolled in a doctoral program at Polytechnique Montréal are exempted from differential tuition fees.
  • Research-based master’s: a limited number of exemptions for master’s students are available.


The Québec government has made an agreement with more than forty countries and organisms in which students that come and study in the province benefit from a differential tuition fee exemption. The quotas vary according to the country. To obtain one of these exemptions, eligible students need to undertake the necessary process with the people in charge of this program in their country of origin.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Differential tuition exemption program (in French only)

Working on campus

No matter your status, many part-time jobs are offered on campus. However, for international students, a number of rules and procedures apply and it’s important to follow them. You will find all the details on the international students’ website.


In teaching, there are a lot of work possibilities for you. These jobs start at the beginning of the semester:

  • Lecturers;
  • Teaching Assistants;
  • Tutors;
  • Laboratory Assistants;
  • Correctors.

Throughout the semester, you can also find a one-time job such as:

  • Correctors;
  • Exam supervisors.

You must consult your professors, department and student council (AÉCSP) (in French only) for more information on these jobs.


    The success of your study project requires good financial planning. Making a realistic budget will limit financial worries that may occur during the school year.

    Each year, Polytechnique students receive almost three million dollars' worth of internal and external bursaries, be it for their excellent academic record, their involvement in diverse spheres of society, their academic perseverance, etc. 

    For all students (including international students)

    Polytechnique Student Services' advisors are there to help you with the success of your study project by offering you:

    • Information on the loans and bursaries program offered by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education;
    • Various workshops and information sessions (i.e.: first financial assistance application, financial assistance with Emploi-Québec application);
    • Information on the internal bursaries’ programs by the Polytechnique Foundation;
    • Information on external bursaries programs.

    For more information: (in French only)

    For international students only

    International students are invited to look at the Canadian government website where all international awards are listed by country.

    For more information: International Awards

    For Chinese students only

    China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarships - CSC Doctoral Scholarships

    The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution with legal person status affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. The objective of the CSC is to provide, in accordance with the law, statutes and relevant principles and policies of China, financial assistance to the Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad

    China Scholarship Council and Polytechnique Montréal (POLY-MTL) agree to collaborate on providing scholarship opportunities and placements to selected Chinese graduate students who either study for POLY-MTL’s PhD Degree Program or conduct research as Visiting PhD Student/Research Intern.


    Type Activity Length Eligibility Conditions Immigration Status
    PhD Degree Program As a CSC scholar, you will be enrolled in a full PhD program at POLY-MTL.

    You will have a student status.


    4 years Eligibility conditions at the Doctorate (PhD) set by POLY-MTL.

    If you are already enrolled at POLY-MTL in a PhD program for less than a year, you can also apply to CSC.
    Study permit
    Visiting PhD Student / Research Intern As a CSC scholar, you will work on your thesis and research project in POLY-MTL’s laboratories under the supervision of a Canadian supervisor and your thesis supervisor in China.

    You will have the status of research intern at POLY-MTL.
    12 months or less Eligibility conditions for research internships and steps to undertake. Work permit



    The CSC will cover return airfare, visa application fees, and annual living allowance including the Student Health Insurance Plan for up to 48 months for the PhD Degree Program or up to 12 months for a Visiting PhD Student/Research Intern. 

    The admission offers from POLY-MTL will specify that if and when you are granted a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, you will be exempted from paying tuition fees. To qualify for this exemption, you must submit proof of the received scholarship to the Registrar’s Office. However, scholarship holders must still pay the administrative and miscellaneous student fees.


    Application procedure



    Admission and scholarship applications will be accepted for the Fall Semester only. The deadlines* for the admission procedures in fall are:

    Admission Application to POLY-MTL February 1st
    Submission of admission/invitation or refusal letter to the applicants by POLY-MTL March 15
    List of applicants provided by POLY-MTL to CSC March 31
    On-line PhD application deadline to CSC March 20 – April 5
    CSC Evaluation April - May
    Results announcement by CSC to candidates and POLY-MTL May

    * Note that the deadlines for students applying to the CSC scholarship are different from the regular admission deadlines.


    Eligibility Conditions 

    Please consult the eligibility conditions in the admission section.