The Financial Aid and Awards Service encourages University of Ottawa students to fulfill their dream of pursuing postsecondary education. The Service accomplishes this by providing students with access to a variety of financial resources, tools and information; by rewarding academic excellence with awards; offering valuable expertise on government loans and creating job opportunities for students through the Work-Study program.

These services are available to students who are paying tuition to the University of Ottawa. The information published on this website is not the official reference for Financial Aid and Awards policies and regulations.

Estimating the cost of university studies

Tuition and incidental fees
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences
Biotechnology (Science)
Civil Law
Telfer School of Management
$8,218 – $9,334
Textbooks and supplies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences $800
Civil Law, Telfer School of Management, 
Transit pass (U-Pass)
Arts, Health Sciences, Science,
Social Sciences, Civil Law,
Telfer School of Management,
Included in
incidental fees
Traditional residence $4,835 – $5,683
Apartment-style residence $8,547 – $10,668
Suites and studios $5,827 – $8,227
Two-room suites $7,289
Off-campus apartment (shared) $4,000 – $5,000
uOttawa meal plan (including Flex Dollars) $2,900 – $3,600
Groceries $2,400

Amounts are based on fees for the 2014-2015 academic year (September to April) and are subject to change.

Planning for the cost of university studies

Learn to be resourceful, establish your financial independence and create and stick to a workable budget so you can graduate with as little student debt as possible.

Find out how to prepare for student living.

  • Create a realistic budget.
  • Spend less and save more.
  • Avoid being faced with a financial crisis.
  • Find solutions for resolving a financial crisis.

Find out more about financial planning

Financial crisis: If you feel as though you’re sinking into financial despair or have been the victim of a crime or another incident that is creating financial hardship for you, make an appointment with a financial aid counsellor by emailing We’ll evaluate the urgency of your situation and will do our best to get you the help you need.
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