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Fees and scholarships

your Waterloo education is in reach

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 $14.8 million in scholarships and bursaries to first-year students in 2016/17.

Ways to help bring your Waterloo future in reach

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.

You can also explore scholarships provided by businesses, cultural groups, service clubs, and more at sites like or

Earn while you learn

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 to finance your education. Or if you’re in the regular system of study, our Centre for Career Action can help you find part-time or summer jobs.

Build your plan

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

Waterloo is a leader in student support. We're #1 in Canada for the percentage of budget dedicated to scholarships and bursaries.