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CUPE 3903 Lump Sum Fellowship Opt In


In accordance with recent arbitration, FGS has introduced a form to allow CUPE 3903 members to opt in to receiving Fellowship payments in the Summer only (of the active academic year) as opposed to over three academic terms.


For a graduate student that opts in to Summer only for the 2023-2024 academic year, a payment schedule may look like this:

  • September 2023—no Fellowship deposited to your student account;
  • January 2024—no Fellowship deposited to your student account;
  • May 2024—any Fellowship for the academic year (fewer adjustments related to awards/employment) deposited in either
    • a) May lump-sum payment or
    • b) evenly over four months (May, June, July, August).

The two options for receiving Fellowship payments are for those that opt in are:

  • In a lump sum at the beginning of Summer Term (May 2024);
  • In four equal installments over May, June, July (August 2024).

Please note that by NOT opting into this feature, Fellowship payments (funded students only) will be received at regular intervals once per academic term.

NOTE: The opt-in period for the 2023-2024 academic year is July 26 – August 22, 2023.
Please use our opt-in form if you want to register.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Do not complete the form if you want to continue receiving Fellowship in instalments by semester.

If you change your mind before the August 20 deadline, please contact The Opt-In will become permanent for the academic year after the August 20 deadline.

Currently, Fellowship is posted to your student account on or around the date that tuition fees are due (September 10, January 10, May 10). By choosing a lump-sum Fellowship opt-in for summer, you will still be responsible for meeting the tuition fee due dates, but these fees will need to be cleared by other means.