Scholarships and financial aid

Students studying in the Academic Centre at Renison

Invest in yourself

A university education is an investment in your future, but we know that it is also a significant financial commitment.


Tuition is the fee you pay for your instruction. You will pay tuition for each 4-month academic term in which you are enrolled. Typically a full school year consists of two 4-month academic terms.

The tuition amounts provided are based on a full year’s (two academic terms) tuition fees.


Once you’ve determined your approximate tuition and other costs, you may find that you have some additional financial need.

In addition to scholarships (awarded based on academic achievement) there are other forms of financial aid available. The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is available to Ontario residents. If you have been accepted to Social Development Studies, be sure to select Honours Arts as your program of study on the OSAP form. (There is not an option for SDS specifically.) 

Renison students are also eligible for the University of Waterloo entrance bursaries.

The interactive budget will help you start planning for your educational finances.


Entrance scholarsh​ip chart

Please note: the criteria, conditions, and scales for both entrance and continuing scholarships are being reviewed and are subject to change at any time. We are working at ensure Renison students have the best financial supports and resources available in an equitable and fair manner that meet the needs and challenges of our student population. 

If you are applying to post-secondary education for the first time when you apply to Renison, you will be automatically considered for an entrance scholarship. Some conditions apply (see below).

We'll use your admission average to determine which scholarship you receive.

Your Admission Average Scholarship Name Amount  

95% +

Renison President’s Scholarship of Distinction


Two highest achieving students receive an additional $2000 (President’s Scholarship for Excellence)

90 – 94.9 %

Renison President’s Scholarship


80 – 89.9%

Renison Merit Scholarship


* Minimum average and course conditions apply


  • Students must be entering full-time studies at Renison University College.
  • Students must accept their offer to a Renison program by the date on your offer.
  • Students must take a minimum of 4 Renison courses per year.

Other Renison Awards: Application Required

There are scholarships and awards available to Renison students. Please view the full listing of scholarships, awards, and bursaries available to Renison academic and residence students.

The spring 2023 scholarship application is closed. Please check back in late August for fall scholarships.

Total costs per year will vary depending on the books required for your courses, supplies, transportation, entertainment and other activities outside the classroom.

The University of Waterloo Admissions site has additional information about financing your education.