First-year tuition and financial aid

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

Financial aid

Learn about scholarships, bursaries as well as government assistance such as OSAP.

Calculate your costs

Estimate your first-year costs (including residence, meal plans, or living off campus) using our student budget calculator.

First-year tuition and fees

Fees for Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents

Not sure which faculty offers your program of interest? View undergraduate programs listed by faculty.

Faculty or program Approximate tuition and incidentals Books, supplies
Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Mathematics, and Science $7,200 $2,290
Faculty of Engineering, Software Engineering $16,120 $2,290
Accounting and Financial Management* $7,450 $2,290
Architecture $10,520 $4,100
Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy $7,570 $2,290
Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree $11,320 $2,290
Computer Science, Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree $15,640 $2,290
Computing and Financial Management* $9,750 $2,290
Global Business and Digital Arts $12,610 $2,290
Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy $7,520 $2,290
Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management $10,630 $2,290

Fees are for two terms/eight months of school, based on fall 2019 and a full course load (5 courses per term). Fees for fall 2020 will likely be higher. You pay fees one school term at a time (not the entire year at once).
Co-op students pay a fee of $729 per term to cover some costs of the co-op program. If you're in a co-op program, you do not pay tuition during your co-op work terms.
*For accounting and finance programs, tuition is significantly higher in your upper years.
For the two aviation programs, professional pilot training is estimated to be an additional $77,000 over three calendar years.

Fees for international students

Not sure which faculty offers your program of interest? View undergraduate programs listed by faculty.

Faculty or program Approximate tuition and incidentals Books, supplies
Faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Arts $35,300 $2,290
Faculty of Engineering, Software Engineering $54,600 $2,290
Faculty of Environment $35,400 $2,290
Faculty of Mathematics $37,900 $2,290
Faculty of Science $36,700 $2,290
Accounting and Financial Management* $35,400 $2,290
Architecture $51,600 $4,100
Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy $37,300 $2,290
Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree $39,600 $2,290
Computer Science, Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree $54,500 $2,290
Computing and Financial Management* $39,700 $2,290
Global Business and Digital Arts $38,800 $2,290
Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy $38,200 $2,290
Fees are for two terms/eight months of school, based on fall 2019 and a full course load (5 courses per term). Fees for fall 2020 will likely be higher. You pay fees one school term at a time (not the entire year at once).
Co-op students pay a fee of $729 per term to cover some costs of the co-op program. If you're in a co-op program, you do not pay tuition during your co-op work terms.
*For accounting and finance programs, tuition is significantly higher in your upper years.
For the two aviation programs, professional pilot training is estimated to be an additional $77,000 over 3 calendar years.
All figures are in Canadian dollars. Convert Canadian dollars to INR (Indian rupees), USD, CNY (Yuan Renminbi), AED (UAE Dirham), PKR (Pakistani rupee), and more.

Earn money and experience through co-op

Through Waterloo's co-op program, you could make from $42,000 to $90,000 during your work terms to help pay for school. 

Other ways to pay for your education

Scholarships, bursaries, student loans, and part-time jobs are just some of the ways to help pay for university.