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 on fees for the 2019–2020 academic year. They are subject to change without notice. Learn more about your tuition fees.

Canadian students

Undergraduate tuition and ancillary fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $6,624 to $9,017
Civil Law $10,396
Engineering $8,834 to $10,000
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $6,968 to $26,948
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) $425
Graduate (three terms) $638
Housing and food
On-campus
Residence fees per person including mandatory meal plan $12,000 to $15,500
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $10,800 to $13,800
See Housing Service website for more details.
Off-campus
Shared apartment and groceries $8,500 to $12,500
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance $131
Undergraduate dental insurance $114
Graduate medical insurance $243
Graduate dental insurance $285

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
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $6,624 to $9,017
Civil Law $10,396
Engineering $8,834 to $10,000
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $6,968 to $26,948
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) $425
Graduate (three terms) $638
Housing and food
On-campus
Residence fees per person including mandatory meal plan $12,000 to $15,500
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $10,800 to $13,800
See Housing Service website for more details.
Off-campus
Shared apartment and groceries $8,500 to $12,500
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance $131
Undergraduate dental insurance $114
Graduate medical insurance $243
Graduate dental insurance $285
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $636 (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
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $36,297 to $47,012
Civil Law $41,802
Engineering $53,285
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
Master’s and diploma – all faculties $25,634 to $62,888
PhD – all faculties $6,968 to $7,972
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) $425
Graduate (three terms) $638
Housing and food
On-Campus
Residence fees per person including mandatory meal plan $12,000 to $15,500
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $10,800 to $13,800
See Housing Service website for more details.
Off-campus l
Shared apartment and groceries $8,500 to $12,500
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance $131
Undergraduate dental insurance $114
Graduate medical insurance $243
Graduate dental insurance $285
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $636 (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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