Graduate student funding and fee information

The University of Waterloo has funding support available for both domestic and international students. Please refer to the resources below for up-to-date information on available funding and fees.

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Academic Readiness Bursary

The Academic Readiness Bursary helps support you if you are or will be registered as a graduate student in the fall 2020 term and may or may have incurred costs related to studying remotely, as a result of COVID-19. 

We are accepting applications up until September 30, 2020 for expenses incurred from July 1 until September 30, 2020. Please note that funding is limited, so to assist as many students as possible, this bursary will not exceed $500 per student (additional support may be considered if you have dependents). 

This bursary has been created with significant support from the University of Waterloo as well as the support of many donors who have contributed to the COVID Student Emergency Support Fund.

Who is eligible?

The Academic Readiness Bursary (ARB) is available one time if you are or will be registered as a graduate student in the fall 2020 term and may have incurred costs related to studying remotely, as a result of COVID-19. You are eligible if you are a full or part time graduate (or undergraduate), domestic or international student. If you previously received a Student Emergency Support Bursary (SESB) and have new/ongoing expenses under the parameters of this Academic Readiness Bursary, you may apply.

Note: if you are not intending to register in the fall 2020 term, you are not eligible to apply for the ARB.

What does the bursary cover?

Expenses that will be considered for this bursary will be those that are particularly related to studying remotely in the fall term, as a result of COVID-19. These types of expenses could include:

  • computer upgrades, e.g., monitor, webcam, headset
  • quarantine-related expenses (considered on a case by case basis)
  • internet access

You may also seek support for unanticipated expenses directly related to advancing your academic readiness and ability to engage meaningfully with the University remotely as a result of COVID-19. These expenses may include such things as study space set-up or childcare costs. 

This bursary is not expected to support expenses related to existing debt or outstanding tuition and fees. Students are expected to have explored all support options before applying. Full-time and part-time domestic students (undergraduate and graduate) need to first apply for OSAP or Out-of-Province Assistance for the Fall 2020 term.

How to apply

Complete the appropriate application form and provide a detailed written statement explaining the expenses (receipts and/or estimates required) and indicate that you are applying for the Academic Readiness Bursary. 

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2020.

Timing and payment of funds

It is anticipated that decisions will be made within 10 business days from the date the application is submitted. 

Any funding awarded will be applied to your student account in Quest. 

  • Bursaries approved in August may be coded against the spring 2020 term and disbursed providing that you are intending to register for fall. 
  • If the bursary is coded to the fall 2020 term, the funds may be applied to those fees to reduce the payment required. 
  • Following notification of a successful application outcome, you will be required to complete the promissory note for fall term in the usual way. Any credit balances will be released to you as a refund, providing that you have Canadian banking information in Quest and have set up direct deposit in Quest. If there is no Canadian banking information on Quest, the amount will be held on your student account to apply to future charges or refunded once you have a Canadian bank account set up.

Domestic student resources


International student resources