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First-year tuition 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 university costs.


First-year tuition and fees

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents (for 2 terms/8 months of school)

Faculty or program Approximate tuition and incidentals Books, supplies
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Science $7,730 – $7,990 $2,150
Faculty of Engineering*, Software Engineering* $18,250 $2,150
Faculty of Mathematics* $7,780-$9,440 $2,150
Accounting and Financial Management, Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy, Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy** $7,980 – $8,090 $2,150
Architecture $11,370 $4,000
Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree $16,930 $2,150
Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree $12,120 $2,150
Computer Science* $15,270 – $16,930 $2,150
Computing and Financial Management** $9,560 $2,150
Global Business and Digital Arts $13,550 $2,150
Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management* $11,600 – 13,260 $2,150

Notes
*Co-op students in these programs pay a co-op fee of $709 per term starting in first year.
**For accounting and finance programs, tuition is significantly higher in your upper years.
For aviation programs, the additional cost of the professional pilot training is estimated to be $77,000 over 3 calendar years.

Tuition fees shown are based on fall 2018 for a full course load (5 courses per term). Exact fees will be posted to students' Waterloo Quest accounts in July 2019.

You pay fees one school term at a time (not the entire year at once). You don't pay tuition during co-op terms.

International students (for 2 terms/8 months of school)

Faculty or program Approximate tuition and incidentals Books, supplies
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Environment $30,300 – $31,120 $2,150
Faculty of Engineering*, Software Engineering* $47,970 $2,150
Faculty of Mathematics* $32,820 – $34,900 $2,150
Faculty of Science $31,790 – $32,370 $2,150
Accounting and Financial Management** $31,030 $2,150
Architecture $45,170 $4,000
Business Administration (Laurier) and and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree, Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree $34,900 $2,150
Computing and Financial Management** $33,510 $2,150
Global Business and Digital Arts $33,400 $2,150

Notes
*Co-op students in these programs pay a co-op fee of $709 per term starting in first year.
**For accounting and finance programs, tuition is significantly higher in your upper years.
For aviation programs, the additional cost of the professional pilot training is estimated to be $77,000 over 3 calendar years.

Tuition fees shown are based on fall 2018 for a full course load (5 courses per term). Exact fees will be posted to students' Waterloo Quest accounts in July 2019. All figures are in Canadian dollars.

You pay fees one school term at a time (not the entire year at once). You don't pay tuition during co-op terms.


Scholarships, bursaries, and more

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

Waterloo co-op students can make from $33,000 to $90,000 to help pay for school. 

Estimate your total university costs and resources using our student budget calculator.

 

How some students cover their university costs for first year

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