When will I find out if I am receiving an award?
Awards are granted throughout the year and all applicants are informed of award decisions via an email to their University of Waterloo email address.
Many award decisions require Student Awards & Financial Aid (SAFA) to consult with departments, committees, and donors. Therefore, if you have submitted an award application, please note that decisions are generally made several weeks after the advertised deadline.
How are award payments issued?
Normally awards are paid only during terms in which the recipient is a registered full-time student. Exceptions may be made for certain types of awards such as research awards or travel awards which are intended to support a student during a non-academic term.
The first charge against any award is to pay outstanding University fees including tuition and incidental fees and other university-related fees.
Students with no outstanding fees for the award-payment term will receive their award in the form of a cheque. Cheques are mailed by Student Financial Services and will be sent to the students’ mailing address listed on Quest provided that it is a complete Canadian and US mailing address.
How can I include award funding on my Promissory Note?
Students wishing to use award funding to help pay outstanding fees for their next study term may do so by completing a Promissory Note. Please refer to the "Using Financial Aid to Pay Fees" instructions provided on the Student Financial Services website.
What type of changes will affect my eligibility?
Awards may be adjusted if the recipient enrols in less than 100% course load, if there is a change to the program or plan, or if the recipient withdraws from studies.
Certain renewable scholarships require students to maintain a particular average. Please contact SAFA if you have questions about maintaining your scholarship.
Will my student loan be affected?
- SAFA reports award funding to your OSAP file unless you have already done so. As a result, award funding may affect your assessment.
Out-of-province student loan applicants/recipients:
- It is your responsibility to report awards on your application. As a result, award funding may affect your assessment.
How can I say thank you?
We would love to hear from you! Students who have received donor-funded awards will be asked to complete our simple webform and to provide more information that are shared with the donor of their award.
For additional details related to undergraduate award payments and general eligibility guidelines please refer to Regulations Governing University of Waterloo Undergraduate Awards on the Undergraduate Calendar website.