Structuring your studies and figuring out how much it all costs can be a daunting task. Fortunately, we can help. On this page you will find information about part-time studies, distance and evening studies, credit and non-credit courses, financial assistance, and awards for mature students.
The primary difference between part-time and full-time studies is the amount of courses one takes. Part-time students take 3.0 or fewer courses at one time. Full-time students, on the other hand, take between 3.5 to 5.0 full course equivalents during the fall/winter. Five is the standard full-course load. Full-time tuition applies to all students taking between 3.5 to 5 courses.
As long as you are taking 3.0 courses in each of the fall and winter terms, you may apply for OSAP. Consult Student Financial Services about OSAP to cover spring/summer courses.
If you are admitted part time, you would remain a part-time student for your first year of registration. Then you may change your course load for the future.
Normally, this request is made by completing an "Intent to Register" form in February/March showing your desired course load as full time. As long as you have maintained a reasonable academic average, you will be considered for full-time status. Consult your academic counsellor for more information.
For every hour you spend in class, we suggest that you allocate two to three hours for study time outside of class. For example, in courses during the fall/winter that meet for three hours a week, you should expect at least another six to nine hours of outside of class study time on top of class time. That means for every course, you should count on approximately 12 hours per week per course after adding class time and study time together. Courses with additional requirements such as laboratories or tutorials will require additional time.
Many students choose to begin their degree on a part-time basis to give themselves more time to adjust to the workload and personal changes they will experience. Three courses during the fall/winter, the maximum allowed for part-time students, will be a workload of approximately 34-40 hours per week (class time and study time), whereas a full-time course load would be 55-60 hours per week (class and study time).
You could consider doing your first year on a part-time basis, for example, doing 3.0 courses during the fall/winter and 2.0 in the spring/summer, and then move into full time for second year. You will not be adding to the length of your program this way.
A beginning student often takes more time on studies than an experienced student. Allow for extra time to seek assistance with your studies, such as time to speak to your professors, tutorial assistants, librarians, and to utilize the valuable learning skills and writing support services through Student Development Centre.
A research study conducted through Western shows that part-time, mature students do a little better academically than full-time students. We understand this to mean that having a lighter workload allows for more time to ease into the academic demands.
We have an information sheet on available modules for students studying during the evening and/or distance studies. See the link “For more details for part-time students, click here for information on available degrees” under the title “Taking Distance Studies at Western” on the Distance Studies website.
It is no secret that university can be an expensive investment. See the information below for help with planning your finances throughout your studies.
See the Registrar's website for tuition fee schedules.
Budget approximately $300 per course. Students may purchase books from any retailer. On campus, we have The Bookstore at Western http://www.bookstore.uwo.ca/ which provides personalized book lists, as well as online and in person shopping.
If you are a full-time student, a mandatory London Transit bus pass is included in your fees.
You can pay for parking each time you park on campus or buy a permit for the academic term. A variety of parking permits are available; see www.uwo.ca/parking/
Paper, pens, whatever else you need are the typical supplies. A laptop computer is not required. There are many places to access computers on campus, for example, computer labs and libraries.
Mandatory to full-time students unless you are covered under an equivalent extended benefit health care plan in addition to your standard provincial coverage; see the following link for details on this coverage: https://studentbenefits.ca/landingpage?s=82.
Seek out assistance from Student Financial Services.
Telephone Helpline 519-661-2100 (http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/financial_counselling.html)
Information Services - Room 1120, Western Student Services
Website: www.registrar.uwo.ca (lots of valuable information here!!)