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Funding and awards

Scholarships, fees, and finances

University can be an expensive but a manageable undertaking if you have a realistic financial plan in place before you begin your undergraduate studies. There are a number of ways to defray some of the costs of university: scholarships, bursaries, government assistance, and co-op.

Scholarships, bursaries, and Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

You may be eligible to receive scholarship, bursary, and OSAP support in first year.

Tuition and other costs

Most students want a clear idea of what their costs will be in first year. These costs include:

Try the interactive budget calculator to help estimate your first-year costs.

Consider the financial benefit of co-op

Another way to manage your finances while at university is through the co-op system of study. If you're enrolled in one of our co-op programs, you'll have anywhere from 16 to 24 months of paid work experience and, over the course of that period of time, you'll earn from $55,000 to $80,000. For a list of average co-op salary figures by work term, visit the weekly salaries report provided by the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Action.

For Faculty of Mathematics undergraduate scholarships, contact Carolyn Sedore.