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

Amounts are in Canadian dollars and are based on fees for the 2021-2022 academic year and are approximate. They are subject to change without notice. Learn more about tuition fees.

Canadian students

Undergraduate tuition and ancillary fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies, excluding U-Pass and insurance
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $6,652 to $8,353
Civil Law $10,455
Engineering

$8,800 to $10,016

Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies, excluding U-Pass and insurance
All faculties $6,955 to $29,089
Textbooks and school supplies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences $1,600
Civil Law, Engineering, Telfer School of Management $2,300
Transit pass (U-Pass)
All faculties
Undergraduate (two terms) $436
Graduate (three terms) $654
Housing and food
 
On-campus
Residence fees per person including mandatory meal plan $12,520 to $15,510
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $11,000 to $17,560
See Housing Service website for more details.  
Off-campus
Shared apartment and groceries $8,500 to $12,500
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance, 12 months $134
Undergraduate dental insurance, 12 months $116
Graduate medical insurance, 12 months $255
Graduate dental insurance, 12 months $293

Insurance is mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan.

International students with differential tuition fee exemption

Undergraduate tuition and ancillary fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies, excluding U-Pass and insurance fees
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $9,729 to $11,190
Civil Law $14,862
Engineering $9,059 to $15,301
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies, excluding U-Pass and insurance fees
All faculties $6,955 to $29,889
Textbooks and school supplies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences $1,600
Civil Law, Engineering, Telfer School of Management $2,300
Transit pass (U-Pass)
All faculties
Undergraduate (two terms) $436
Graduate (three terms) $654
Housing and food
On-campus
Residence fees per person including mandatory meal plan $12,520 to $15,510
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $11,000 to $17,560
See Housing Service website for more details.  
Off-campus
Shared apartment and groceries $8,500 to $12,500
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance, 12 months $134
Undergraduate dental insurance, 12 months $116
Graduate medical insurance, 12 months $255
Graduate dental insurance, 12 months $293
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $756 (minimum)

Medical and dental insurance is mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan.

Cell phone plan
Monthly plan with data $60 to $90
Internet
Monthly costs
(Free Wi-Fi on campus, including residences)
$40 to $80
New clothes
Winter coat $75 to $300
Winter boots $85 to $225
Shoes $40 to $120
Pants (jeans) $40 to $80

International students

Undergraduate tuition and ancillary fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies, excluding U-Pass and insurance fees
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $36,705 to $45,190
Civil Law $41,862
Engineering $47,059 to $53,301
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies, excluding U-Pass and insurance fees
Master’s and diploma – all faculties $26,060 to $62,889
PhD – all faculties $6,955 to $7,959
Textbooks and school supplies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences $1,600
Civil Law, Engineering, Telfer School of Management $2,300
Transit pass (U-Pass)
All faculties
Undergraduate (two terms) $436
Graduate (three terms) $654
Housing and food
On-Campus
Residence fees per person including mandatory meal plan $12,520 to $15,510
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $11,000 to $17,560
See Housing Service website for more details.  
Off-campus l
Shared apartment and groceries $8,500 to $12,500
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance, 12 months $134
Undergraduate dental insurance, 12 months $116
Graduate medical insurance, 12 months $255
Graduate dental insurance, 12 months $293
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $756 (minimum)

Medical and dental insurance is mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan.

Cell phone plan
Monthly plan with data $60 to $90
Internet
Monthly costs
(Free Wi-Fi on campus, including residences)
$40 to $80
New clothes
Winter coat $75 to $300
Winter boots $85 to $225
Shoes $40 to $120
Pants (jeans) $40 to $80
 

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

Information iconFinancial 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 phone at 613-562-5734 or in person at Desmarais Building, Room 3156 (map). We’ll evaluate the urgency of your situation and will do our best to get you the help you need.
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