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First-year 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about Waterloo scholarships and bursaries as well as government assistance programs.

Earn while you learn

Waterloo co-op students can make from $45,000 to $85,000 to help pay for school.

All Waterloo students can use the Centre for Career Action to find part-time or summer jobs.

Estimate your budget

Use our budget calculator to estimate your fees and resources.

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87%of first-year students received a scholarship or bursary
$14.8million in scholarships and bursaries for first-year students
91%employment rate for Waterloo co-op grads vs. 87% for Ontario graduates 6 months after graduation