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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.

Free money

Learn about Waterloo scholarships and bursaries and government assistance programs you don’t have to pay back. 

You can also explore scholarships at sites like or

Earn while you learn

If you’re in co-op, you can make anywhere from $45,000 to $85,000 to help pay for school.

As well, all Waterloo students can use the Centre for Career Action to find part-time or summer jobs.

Build your plan

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


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