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 2018–2019 academic year. They are subject to change without notice. Learn more about your tuition fees.

Canadian students

Undergraduate tuition and incidental fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $7,520 to $10,182
Civil Law $11,715
Engineering $9,976 to $11,271
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and incidental fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $8,800 to $30,900
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 $415
Housing
Traditional (mandatory meal plan included) $10,881 to $12,813
Traditional Plus! $7,905 to $9,665
Apartment-style residence, 12 months $11,068 to $18,677
Suite or studio — 90 University (mandatory meal plan included) $13,401 to $14,101
Suite or studio — Friel $6,896 to $9,689
Off-campus apartment (shared) $6,000 and up

Meal plans are included in fees for residences where a plan is mandatory. Fees vary according to choice of 5-day ($4,480) or 7-day ($5,180) meal plan.

Food
uOttawa meal plan (including Flex Dollars) $3,600 to $5,180
Groceries $3,400
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance
(mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan)
$117
Undergraduate dental insurance (mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan) $118
Graduate medical insurance (mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan) $226
Graduate dental insurance (mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan) $298

International students with differential tuition fee exemption

Undergraduate tuition and incidental fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $7,520 to $10,182
Civil Law $11,715
Engineering $9,976 to $11,271
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and incidental fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $8,800 to $30,900
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 $415
Housing
Traditional (mandatory meal plan included) $10,881 to $12,813
Traditional Plus! $7,905 to $9,665
Apartment-style residence, 12 months $11,068 to $18,677
Suite or studio — 90 University (mandatory meal plan included) $13,401 to $14,101
Suite or studio — Friel $6,896 to $9,689
Off-campus apartment (shared) $6,000 and up

Meal plans are included in fees for residences where a plan is mandatory. Fees vary according to choice of 5-day ($4,480) or 7-day ($5,180) meal plan.

Food
uOttawa meal plan (including Flex Dollars) $3,600 to $5,180
Groceries $3,400

Meal plans are included in fees for residences where a plan is mandatory. Fees vary according to choice of 5-day ($4,480) or 7-day ($5,180) meal plan.

Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance
(mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan)
$117
Undergraduate dental insurance (mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan) $118
Graduate medical insurance $226
Graduate dental insurance $298
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $624 (minimum)
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 incidental fees for two terms (fall and winter) for full-time studies
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management $32,200 to $41,175
Civil Law $36,646
Engineering $37,046 to $46,635
Graduate and postdoctoral tuition and incidental fees for a full year (three terms) of full-time studies
All faculties $20,000 to $56,000
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 $415
Housing
Traditional (mandatory meal plan included) $10,881 to $12,813
Traditional Plus! $7,905 to $9,665
Apartment-style residence, 12 months $11,068 to $18,677
Suite or studio — 90 University (mandatory meal plan included) $13,401 to $14,101
Suite or studio — Friel $6,896 to $9,689
Off-campus apartment (shared) $6,000 and up

Meal plans are included in fees for residences where a plan is mandatory. Fees vary according to choice of 5-day ($4,480) or 7-day ($5,180) meal plan.

Food
uOttawa meal plan (including Flex Dollars) $3,600 to $5,180
Groceries $3,400
Insurance
Undergraduate medical insurance
(mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage from another insurance plan)
$117
Undergraduate dental insurance (mandatory unless students can provide proof of coverage $118
Graduate medical insurance $226
Graduate dental insurance $298
UHIP medical insurance, 12 months (mandatory for international students and their dependants; some exceptions apply) $624 (minimum)
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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