Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.28
Liaison Cynthia Philippe
Submission Date May 12, 2021

STARS v2.2

Universite du Quebec a Montreal
PA-8: Affordability and Access

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Complete 0.26 / 4.00 Cynthia Philippe
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
19.70

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
0

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
0

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
0

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

UQAM Foundation financial support grants (Bourses de soutien financier de la Fondation de l’UQAM) : Annually, approximately 200 scholarships are offered to students who are in financial need. The average price of a scholarship is around $ 2,000. The scholarships are paid in a single payment. Students admitted and registered full-time in a program of study leading to a diploma. Each of the scholarships has specific eligibility conditions. Thus, not all students experiencing financial difficulties are eligible for these scholarships. These grants distributed following a call for candidates.
Recipients cannot receive more than one financial support grant per competition. There are 2 competitions per year, one in the fall and one in the winter. It takes between 3 or 4 months before the scholarships are paid.

Universal doctoral support scholarships (Bourses de soutien universel au doctorat): Scholarships of $ 13,000 paid over the first 3 years of a first doctorate at UQAM. The scholarships are paid to anyone who meets the eligibility conditions, regardless of their financial situation or the quality of their academic record. Students admitted and registered full-time or part-time in a doctoral program. Without call for candidates. Each quarter, UQAM pays into the scholarship to all those eligible for this program. The scholarship is paid after the 8th week of the semester.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

Honorable Albert-Leblanc scholarship for student from the First Nations or Inuit of Quebec (Bourse Honorable Albert-Leblanc pour étudiante ou étudiant issu des Premières Nations ou Inuit du Québec): A scholarship of $ 30,000, awarded in three (3) equal installments of $ 10,000. Native persons admitted and registered in the first year of the Bachelor of Laws program. Following a call for candidates. The first recipient could be selected in January 2021.

Fee exemption grants for foreign doctoral students (Bourses d'exonération des droits majorés pour étudiants étrangers au doctorat): Scholarships worth approximately $ 5,000. The scholarships are awarded to anyone who meets the eligibility conditions, regardless of their financial situation or the quality of their academic record. Foreign students admitted, enrolled full-time in a doctoral program, subject to increased tuition fees and not benefiting from an exemption from increased fees (by another organization). Without call for candidates.
Each quarter, UQAM pays into the scholarship to all those eligible for this program. The scholarship is paid after the 8th week of the semester. No money is paid to the eligible student. UQAM absorbs the increased tuition fees charged to it because of its status in Canada.

Scholarships for students, international graduate students subject to increased tuition fees (Bourses d'études pour les étudiantes, étudiants étrangers au 2e cycle soumis aux droits de scolarité majorés): Scholarships of a maximum value of $ 5,250 paid over the duration of studies. The maximum value of this scholarship is established at:
- $ 5,250 for a master's program, including the amounts received within the framework of the propaedeutic;
- $ 3,000 for a specialized graduate studies diploma (DESS);
- $ 1,800 for a short graduate program.

The scholarships are paid to anyone who meets the eligibility conditions, regardless of their financial situation or the quality of their academic record. Foreign students admitted, enrolled full-time or part-time in a 2nd cycle program, subject to increased tuition fees and not benefiting from an exemption from increased fees (by another organization). Without call for candidates. Each quarter, UQAM pays into the scholarship to all those eligible for this program. The scholarship is paid after the 8th week of the semester. The quarterly amount of the scholarship is established according to the number of credits registered.


Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid : we had 2,038 students who were beneficiaries of loans and scholarship who graduated between February 2020 and October 2020. We had 10,345 graduates altogether over the same period. Thus, we can estimate approximately: 2038/10345 = 19.7% of graduates who had loans and scholarship. Data are from the Service of Reception Center and socio-economic support services/Centre des services d'accueil et de soutien socioéconomique.

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt: We do not have this data.

Percentage of entering students that are low-income: we do not have this data.

Graduation/success rate for low-income students: we do not have this data.

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