Costs and funding


Like other professional programs, Global Business and Digital Arts has higher tuition fees. These funds cover the cost of providing you with value-added experiences such as:

  • Access and mentorship for the latest digital technologies,
  • Professional development opportunities,
  • Four terms of Co-Op experience,
  • Stratford School staff, faculty, and resources all devoted to GBDA students.

Visit the Student Financial Services website for the most up-to-date information on tuition fees. 

Entrance Scholarships

Available to students entering a first-year program full-time and beginning post-secondary studies for the first time. 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 Future Students website. 

GBDA Specific Scholarships

In addition to the hundreds of scholarships offered to those in the Faculty of Arts and the entire University community, students in Global Business and Digital Arts are welcome to apply to these GBDA specific scholarships:

Rotary Club of Stratford Award

An award, valued at $2,500, is presented annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year Three or Four of the Global Business Digital Arts program at the Waterloo Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. Selection will be based on academic excellence (minimum cumulative average of 70%), and display leadership in community activities, and volunteerism. This fund is made possible by a donation from the Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation.

Jack & Helen Adams Memorial Scholarship in Global Business and Digital Arts

One scholarship, valued at $2,000, is awarded annually to a full-time student undergraduate entering Year Four of the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts program in the Faculty of Arts, Stratford Campus.  Selection will be based on academic achievement (minimum 80% cumulative average).  This fund is made possible by donations from Jack and Helen’s family: Judith Adams & Robert Black, Catherine Adams, and Salvatore Di Bella.


Bursaries are funding based on financial need – values range from $500 - $4,000. Read more about bursary qualifications and application deadlines here →

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

If you are an Ontario resident, OSAP provides government loans and bursaries to help finance your education. Read more about OSAP here →