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Fees and scholarships

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No question – university is a big investment. The money you and your family members contribute is the foundation for your financial plan, but you may need more to cover all of your costs.

We're here to support you. Waterloo awarded $13.3 million in scholarships and bursaries to first-year students in 2016.

5 ways to help bring your Waterloo future in reach

1. Find free money
Learn about Waterloo scholarships and bursaries and government assistance programs you don’t have to pay back. This year, 87% of our first-year students received an entrance scholarship or bursary.

2. Earn while you learn
If you’re in the regular system of study, our Centre for Career Action can help you find part-time or summer jobs. Or if you’re in co-op, you can make anywhere from $45,000 to $85,000 over the course of your studies – money you can use for your fees or to pay down loans.

3. Save cash
Find tips for saving money on entertainment, food, and travel. Skip that daily macchiato and you could save $300 by the end of term!

4. Find more free money
Explore scholarships provided by businesses, cultural groups, service clubs, and more at sites like or

5. Build your plan
Use our budget calculator to determine your fees and resources to pay for school.