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Paying for your education

Scholarships and bursaries

You'll automatically be considered for most entrance scholarships at Waterloo, although some do require applications. An entrance bursary, based on financial need, is available to Ontario students. The bursary application deadline is April 15th. 

Government loans and grants 

Ontario students

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides loans and grants for Ontario residents. We recommend that you apply for OSAP even if you don't think you're eligible. Many factors affect OSAP, such as your program and whether you're moving away from home. 

Students from outside Ontario

Learn about student loan programs for Canadian students outside Ontario and for U.S. students.


Co-op, scholarship websites 

  • Waterloo's co-op program is not just an incredible way to gain work experience, it's a great way to earn money. Plus there are hundreds of part-time jobs on campus. 
  • Websites such as,, can be helpful.
  • If you work part time, see if your employer offers scholarships. Have your parents or guardians check with their employers, too. 

How to pay your fees

  • Obtain proof of enrolment for RESPs (Registered Education Savings Plans) if needed.
  • See further details about tuition, health and dental insurance, and paying your fees.

Financial support statement for Ontario students

We're committed to helping you make sure that lack of money doesn't get in the way of your success. In accordance with Ontario's Student Access Guarantee, Waterloo ensures that Ontario students in need have access to the resources they require for tuition, books, and mandatory fees.

Students are required to seek financial support from all sources, including family, employment, loans, and government support programs. For complete details, visit the Student Awards and Financial Aid website.

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