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Funding and awards

There’s no doubt that university is a big investment. But there are ways that the University of Waterloo and the Government of Ontario can help.

Entrance Scholarships

Available to students entering a first-year program and beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in Fall 2014. No application is required.

Admission average Scholarship Amount
95% + President's Scholarship of Distinction $2,000 + $1,500 International Experience Award and/or $1,500 Research Award
90-94.9% President's Scholarship $2,000
85-89.9% Merit Scholarship $1,000

For details on these, including eligibility and conditions, and information about additional entrance scholarships, visit the Scholarship section of the Find Out More website.


Bursaries are funding based on financial need – values range from $500 - $4000. For information about qualifications and application deadlines visit the Bursaries section of the Find Out More website.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

If you are an Ontario resident, OSAP provides government loans and bursaries to help finance your education. For more information, visit the Financial Aid section of the Find Out More website.