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First-year tuition and financial aid

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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.

Financial aid

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

Calculate your costs

Estimate your first-year costs and resources using our student budget calculator.

 

First-year tuition and fees

Fees for Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents

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
Fees are for 2 terms/8 months of school.
*Co-op students in these programs pay a co-op fee of $729 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.

Fees for international students

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
Fees are for 2 terms/8 months of school. 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.

*Co-op students in these programs pay a co-op fee of $729 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.

Notes for all students

  • Tuition fees shown are based on fall 2018 for a full course load (5 courses per term). Updated fees will be available in July 2019.
  • You pay fees one school term at a time (not the entire year at once). If you're in a co-op program, you don't pay tuition during your co-op work terms.

Financing your education

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