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Happy New Year

Welcome back, U of T Engineering!

While the holiday break may already seem like a distant memory, we hope you are enjoying the challenges and rewards of the Winter Session. The academic year may have begun in September for most of you, however, January affords us all a new opportunity to reflect, assess and move forward with renewed purpose—whether it be in academics or with a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

Since many students experience a financial crunch during the post-holiday months, the Engineering Student e-News has put together a number of articles and tips to help you manage your money. Putting some thought to finances during your undergraduate career can help ensure future comfort and success both in the short- and long-term.

We wish you continued success in 2015!


January 2015

Volume 6, Issue 5
In this issue:

Engineering Financial Health
Dates and Deadlines
Student Services
Money Matters
Engineering Student Life
In the News
Your Faculty


Engineering Financial Health


Financial planning 101

While financial planning is a skill most are forced to learn at some point in their lives, the earlier you learn it, the better you'll be in the long-run. Take a few minutes to learn some of the basic principles

Managing your debt

Find out what a credit report is and how you can use it to better take control of debt and yout credit card rating

Skule cents

U of T Engineering alumnus and Senior Executive Financial Consultant at Investors Group, John Bajc (CivE 8T2), offers financial tips for undergrads

Budget engineering 101

Based on income and expenses, creating a budget for the new year will help you manage your spending

How to save money on textbooks

Learn several ways you can purchase textbooks at discounted prices

Life @ U of T dishes on deals

Rachael at Life @ U of T shares her favourite student deals for U of T students


Dates and Deadlines


January 20


Mindful moments meditation

January 21


Dean's Town Hall

February 16


Last day to drop Y courses without academic penalty

Family Day: University closed

February 17 - 20


Reading Week: no lectures, tutorials or practicals

February 23


Grief Support Talking Circle

  For additional dates, events and deadlines, visit the Undergraduate Engineering Calendar  

Student Services


One ring to rule them all

Graduating in 2015? Want your iron ring? Be sure to register for the ceremony and pick up your admit card in order to attend

Academic advising

Your undergraduate counsellor should be your first stop if you have questions regarding course selection, personal matters, graduation and more

Final mark re-checks and exam copies

The deadline to order photocopies and final mark re-checks of Engineering final exams written last session is February 15


Money Matters


3T5 Second Mile Engineering Award

Graduating students: nominate yourself for this prestigious award. February 3 is the deadline to apply

The online Engineering Portfolio (ePortfolio)
Record your extracurricular activities and store your resume in your ePortfolio. The Faculty's Scholarships Committee considers this information when selecting recipients for awards. Leadership qualities are also used to consider potential candidates for awards outside the Faculty. Make it a resolution for 2015 to update your ePortfolio!

The 2014 Tuition and Education Amount Certificates (T2202A) for income tax purposes will be available on ROSI starting February 21. Tax forms for previous years are always available on ROSI as well

Service charges on tuition balances
Remember that outstanding balances on fees for this year are subject to monthly service charges of 1.5 per cent compounded (19.56 per cent annum) that was first assessed as of November 15 and as of the 15th of every month thereafter until paid in full. Outstanding charges on your account from prior sessions are subject to service charges as well. Students may review their accounts on ROSI

OSAP requires students keep their student income information updated through the OSAP website. If you have not already done so, please review your OSAP details.

Please note that scholarship information is not included on the Confirmation of Student Income form. If you received a scholarship this year and have not already reported it to OSAP, you must do so by submitting a letter to Enrolment Services at 172 St. George Street (include details and value of the scholarship). UTAPS and Faculty grants do no need to be reported.

Note that UTAPS funding cannot be processed if a student has an invalid address listed in ROSI. Students are also strongly urged to include their banking information in ROSI to receive University funding sooner.


Engineering Student Life


U of T students to build small spacecraft

The University of Toronto Aerospace Team takes a multidisciplinary approach to space design (The Varsity)

2014 was a vibrant year for U of T Engineering

Take a look at some of our favourite photos from the year that was

Engineering students develop hydrogen-powered transportation startup
Ashrith Domun (ChemE 1T5) and Tian Tian (EngSci 1T5) along with Stefan Attig, a fourth-year student in environmental studies, hatch a plan to operate buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

Swimmers soar over Mustangs
On January 10, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues swimming team defeated the Western Mustangs. Oliver Straszynski (TrackOne 1T8) won the 400 freestyle race, while Edward Liu (ChemE 1T6) won the 100 butterfly

To submit, or not submit

The Hart House Review is looking for short fiction and poetry submissions for their annual contest. Deadline: January 23

5-Buck Lunch
Experience a budget-friendly and exciting food adventure at Hart House

USA visa information session

Want to visit, study or work in the USA? On January 21, representatives from the US Consulate in Toronto will conduct a session to discuss types of visas, required documents, eligibility requirements and how to apply

Beat the winter blues

New to Canada and already tired of winter? If the cold weather is getting you down, attend a special session on January 19 and February 2 that will teach students multi-faceted approaches to thrive during the winter months


In the News


U of T researcher improves "spray on" solar power

The key to making solar energy ubiquitous and affordable (The Varsity)

Five must-watch startups for 2015

Four out of five must-watch startups hatched from U of T accelerators (Yonge Street)

World's most efficient light globe comes to Hong Kong

How a U of T Engineering alum's good design inspires sustainability (South China Morning Post)

Form is more than a number

Onyx Motion aims to help athletes improve performance (Tech Vibes)

Drumming on drones

U of T alum takes music to new heights (Fast Company)

"Smart shirt" heats up in cold weather

Winter finally arrived in Toronto and Skule alumni at Fuel Wear Inc. are reinventing the way we dress for cold temperatures (CBC News)

Too big to disrupt?

U of T startup Bionym tests its technology with Canada's biggest bank (Globe and Mail)


Your Faculty


U of T Engineering team delivers $1 detection system for measles and rubella

Researchers have developed low-cost, portable technology to detect measles and rubella infection status and immunity

Former Engineering dean inducted into Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

James Milton Ham (ElecE 4T3), 10th president of U of T and former dean of Engineering posthumously receives special honour


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