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 2020-2021 academic year. 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
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $6,591 to $8,968
Civil Law $10,389
Engineering $8,735 to $9,950
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $7,913 to $26,900
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 $12,250 to $15,540
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $11,000 to $13,950
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 $248
Graduate dental insurance, 12 months $291

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 $6,591 to $8,968
Civil Law $10,389
Engineering $8,735 to $9,950
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $7,913 to $26,900
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 $12,250 to $15,540
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $11,000 to $13,950
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 $248
Graduate dental insurance, 12 months $291
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $720 (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 $36,664 to $46,963
Civil Law $41,796
Engineering $53,236
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and ancillary fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
Master’s and diploma – all faculties $25,575 to $62,839
PhD – all faculties $6,910 to $7,913
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 $12,250 to $15,540
Residence fees and groceries per person (with access to kitchen) $11,000 to $13,950
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 $248
Graduate dental insurance, 12 months $291
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $720 (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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