Tuition fees are mandatory costs that are charged by the University for education and instruction. They vary according to your student status (full-time or part-time), level of education (undergraduate or graduate), program of study, and legal status in Canada. This website provides the tools you need to understand and estimate your tuition fees and other fees charged by the University of Ottawa. You will find the final amount due on your Statement of Account, which is available in uoZone. 

The University of Ottawa reserves the right to change the information on this website without notice.

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University Fees

Tuition fees for full time studies and research activities are a fixed amount.

For part-time studies, tuition fees are based on the number of units in which you are enrolled.

Incidental fees

Certain courses charge incidental fees, which will be added to the statement of account for the term during which the course is taken.

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Administrative fees

Administrative fees are payable when the service is rendered.

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Estimated university fees for the selected period
Differential tuition fee exemption for international students

A differential tuition fee exemption for new international students enrolled full time in a French-language program or who are enrolled in an English-language program with a French immersion option means that their tuition fees can be reduced to those paid by Canadian citizens and permanent residents. For more information, see Differential tuition fee exemption.

Financial impact when changing from full time to part time status

If your academic status changes from full to part time, you may be unable to renew scholarships. Be sure to consider the consequences of withdrawing from a course carefully. Withdrawal could also affect your ability to meet your program requirements.

Note that the Financial Aid and Awards Service doesn’t offer access to loan programs for international students who don’t fall into an eligible citizenship category. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t loan options available to you in your home country (for both full time and part time students). It’s worth checking with your government representatives to find out if there are any options you can benefit from.

Financial impact when changing from full time to part time status

If your academic status changes from full to part time, you may no longer be eligible for financial aid and may be unable to renew scholarships. Be sure to consider the consequences of withdrawing from a course carefully. Withdrawal could also affect your ability to meet your program requirements.

Undergraduate Education Bursary for International Students

Newly admitted international students enrolled full time in an undergraduate program starting in the Fall 2019, Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 term will automatically receive a scholarship of $1,250 per term, up to a maximum of $10,000

This scholarship does not apply to:

Education Bursary for International Master’s Students

International students enrolled full time in a master’s program starting in the Fall 2019, Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 term will automatically receive this bursary.

This bursary does not apply to:

  • students already receiving the differential tuition fee exemption
  • students enrolled in the Master of Engineering (MEng), the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the EMBA, the Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership (MBCPL) or the Master of Health Administration (MHA).

Master’s degree with thesis

The Bursary will be offered over a two-year period, for a total value of $4,800. An amount of $800 will be awarded for the first six terms of full-time enrolment.

Master’s degree with research paper, research project or course option

The Bursary will be offered over a one-year period, for a total value of $2,400. An amount of $800 will be awarded for the first three terms of full-time enrolment.

Doctoral scholarships and differential tuition fee exemption for international PhD students

International students enrolled full or part time in a doctoral program pay the same tuition fees as Canadian students.

The amount published in the calculator reflects this reduction and represents the tuition fees that need to be paid. This is possible in one of two ways:

1.    Differential tuition fee exemption
Students who receive a differential tuition fee exemption pay the same tuition fees as Canadian citizens.

 2.  International Doctoral Scholarship
 International PhD Scholarship, which will reduce tuition fees to the same amount paid by Canadian citizens.

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities

The University of Ottawa is committed to offering a variety of awards, grants, and other sources of funding to its students. Every year, the University and its partners award approximately $42 million in scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students. For information on our awards, please visit the Scholarships and bursaries  section on the financial aid and awards website.

 

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities

The University of Ottawa is committed to offering a variety of awards, grants, and other sources of funding to its students. Every year, the University and its partners award approximately $33 million in scholarships and bursaries to graduate students. For information on our awards, please visit the Awards and financial support section on the graduate studies website.

Opt out of U-Pass and group insurance

Under certain circumstances, students can opt out of paying for the U-Pass and/or group insurance for university students. For information on opting out the U-Pass, visit the webpage on U-Pass exemptions. For information on opting out of group insurance, visit the Health and Dental Insurance webpage.

Cost of living in Canada

The cost of living in Canada varies by province and territory and can even be quite different from city to city within the same region. When budgeting for university studies, you should take into consideration the cost of housing (rent or residence fees), textbooks, cellphone plan and internet access, food, clothing, and other items. For more information, see the budget on the cost of university studies found on the  Financial Aid and Awards webpage.

Tuition fee predictability commitment

Tuition fees are established by the University of Ottawa each spring for the following academic year.  Because we are committed to ensuring that newly admitted international students are able to predict their tuition fees beyond first year, we have put in place the following measures.

Limiting tuition fee increases to 5.5% for international students admitted for the Spring-Summer 2020 term or earlier who remain enrolled full time and move normally from one level of tuition fees to the next.

This applies until students reach the final tuition fee level indicated for their program, after which students pay final-level tuition fees for subsequent years.

This excludes new fees that may be imposed by the Ontario government, incidental fees, ancillary fees and administrative fees.

Tuition fee predictability commitment

Tuition feea are established by the University of Ottawa each spring for the following academic year. Because we are committed to ensuring that newly admitted international students are able to predict their tuition fees beyond first year, we have put in place the following measures:

Limiting tuition fee increases to 5.5% for international students admitted for the Spring-Summer 2021 term or earlier who remain enrolled full time and move normally from one level of tuition fees to the next.

This applies until students reach the final tuition fee level indicated for their program, after which students pay final-level tuition fees for subsequent years.

This excludes new fees that may be imposed by the Ontario government, incidental fees, ancillary fees and administrative fees.

How do university fees vary from year to year?

The University of Ottawa adjusts its university fees annually based on guidelines issued by the Ontario government, which may or may not result in an increase in fees. Each year, new fees are normally approved by the University's Board of Governors at the end of May.

Special students

Special students are students who can enrol in courses in order to obtain university units, but who are not seeking a degree, certificate, or diploma from the University. There are special students in all cycles (undergraduate and graduate), Canadian or international, as well as in all faculties including Medicine, Law and Education.

University fees for special students are based on student status (full-time or part-time), level of education (undergraduate or graduate), faculty, total number of units or terms and legal status in Canada. Some exceptions apply.

Undergraduate

At the undergraduate level, there are several categories of special students, the most common of which are personal interest and improving academic standing. For descriptions of each, review the  student categories on the academic regulations website.

  • Personal interest (limited to six units per term, up to 30 total units)
  • Improving academic standing (limited to 12 units per term, up to 30 total units)
  • Professional certification
  • Transfer of units
  • Upgrading
  • Gifted student
  • Visiting student researcher
Part-time special students

Undergraduate students who take fewer than 12 units (normally four courses) per term are considered part-time students. Part-time special students pay a fixed amount per course unit depending on the faculty where the course is offered. One course is usually comprised of three units.

Canadian citizen/permanent resident/member of the diplomatic corps/recognized refugee: Tuition fees range from $241 to $382 per unit, except for certain courses in Common Law.

International students: Tuition fees range from $1,115 to $1,998 per unit, except for certain courses in Common Law.

Note: Special students in the “Gifted” category pay $50 per course unit.

Example

Fixed cost per unit for a Canadian for a course in the following faculties: Arts, Science, Social Sciences and Health Sciences = $241.30

Number of units in course = 3

$241.30 (cost per unit) × 3 (number of units)

TOTAL: $723.90 in tuition fees per course

Part-time special students must also pay ancillary fees, including student services fees and University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) fees. Part-time special students do not pay faculty student association fees.


Full-time special students

Undergraduate students who take 12 units (normally four courses) per term are considered full-time students. Full-time special students pay a fixed tuition fee per term, based on the regular rate of certain faculties.

Canadian citizen/permanent resident/member of the diplomatic corps/recognized refugee: Tuition fees range from $3,044 to $4,924 per term, except for Common Law.

International students: Tuition fees range from $14,389 to $26,354 per term, except for Common Law.

Example

$3,044.88 per term in tuition fees for a course in the following faculties: Arts, Science, Social Sciences and Health Sciences.

Full-time special students must also pay ancillary fees, including student services fees, group insurance, U-Pass fees and University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) fees. International students must also pay the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fee.

Graduate

At the graduate level, special students can enrol in no more than six course units per term and are enrolled part time only. There are no full-time special students at the graduate level.

Graduate special students pay a fixed amount per course unit depending on the faculty where the course is offered and on the total number of terms studied at uOttawa. One course is usually equal to three units.

Canadian citizen/permanent resident/member of the diplomatic corps/recognized refugee: Tuition fees range from $270 to $480 per unit.

International students: Tuition fees range from $786 to $1,139 per unit.

Example

Fixed cost per unit for a Canadian for a course in the following faculties: Arts, Science, Social Sciences = $270.23

Number of units in course = 3

$270.23 (cost per unit) × 3 (number of units)

TOTAL: $810.69 in tuition fees per course

Special students must also pay ancillary fees, including fees for student services and the Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD). Special students at the graduate level do not pay faculty student association fees.

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Important - The total amount displayed by the calculator is only an estimate of your costs to study at the University of Ottawa. It does not constitute the final, official amount that you will need to pay. The final amount will be shown on your Statement of Account, which will be available in uoZone about one month before the start of each term.

The University of Ottawa reserves the right to change the information on this website without notice.

Information on university fees

Tuition fee announcements

Changes to tuition fees for 2020-2021

University fees for the 2020-2021 academic year remain in line with the provincial framework. We appreciate that the current exceptional circumstances impose extra financial burdens on our students. This is why the University has examined at all options and made the following changes:

Deadline: We have extended the tuition payment deadline to Friday, October 2, 2020. In fact, from now on, the deadline to pay tuition fees will be the same as the deadline to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit. This applies to both the Fall and Winter terms (see important dates and deadlines for details).

U-PASS: Only full-time students who are taking at least one in-person class in the Fall 2020 term will be charged the fee for the Fall/Winter U-Pass. All full-time students will be charged the U-Pass fee for the Winter 2021 term.

Sports services: As of early September, we will open sports facilities (pool, gyms, intramurals, conditioning centre), albeit in compliance with public health guidelines. We will also offer an extensive list of virtual classes. For these reasons, we have reduced the sports services fee by 50% for the Fall term.

Ancillary fees: UOSU and GSAÉD will still be offering services in the Fall term; therefore, we will continue to collect appropriate fees. Some exceptions apply, such as certain Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD) fees. For a complete list, see Ancillary fees.

Winter 2021 fees: The University is still working on scenarios for the Winter term. We will send you updates as soon as they become available.

Tuition Fees for 2020-2021 announcement

On May 6, 2020, the University announced that tuition fees for international students for the 2020-2021 academic year will remain the same as for 2019-2020.

As directed in 2019 by the Ontario provincial government, tuition fees for Canadian students will also remain the same.

Note that some administrative, ancillary, and incidental fees may change.

Tuition fee decrease in 2019-2020

The Ontario government announced a 10% decrease in tuition fees for the 2019-2020 academic year for Canadian students enrolled in Ontario colleges and universities. At the University of Ottawa, this means a 10% reduction for students with the following legal status: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, exempt international students, and students who qualify for differential exemption. Moreover, tuition fees for these same students will remain unchanged for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Tuition for Canadian citizens

Tuition for Canadian citizens applies to the following students:

  • A.  Citizens or permanent residents of Canada and their dependants1:
    • If you are in this category but were born outside of Canada, you must submit proof of your Canadian status to InfoService to qualify for Canadian tuition. A valid Canadian passport and, in most cases, a photo ID along with a social insurance number not starting with the number 9 can also be used. If you are in the process of obtaining your permanent residence status, we require a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) confirming it has received your application for permanent residency.
  • B.  Members of the diplomatic corps and their dependants.2
  • C.  Persons granted entry into Canada to come and work, and their dependants.3
  • D.  Refugees and their dependants recognized by the Canadian government.1+3

If you belong to category BC or D, you must provide supporting documents to InfoService.

Notes

  1. The term dependant includes your spouse, your common-law partner, your unmarried child or your spouse's unmarried child. Dependant status must be fully documented for the student to be eligible:
    • Spousal Status: A marriage certificate is required to verify spousal status.
    • Common-Law Status: An affidavit signed by both spouses, a lawyer, notary or commissioner confirming that they are living together in a conjugal relationship for not less than one year, or that they are living together in a conjugal relationship and are raising any children of whom they both are the natural or adoptive parent, is required to verify their common-law status.
    • Unmarried Child Status: To be eligible as an unmarried child, the dependant must be under age 22 and not a spouse or common-law partner when they begin their studies. An unmarried child can also be a person with a disability who has been financially supported substantially by his or her parents, and who is unable to be self-supporting because of the disability
  2. You are excluded from this category if you are:
    • A visitor hired as a graduate teaching or research assistant;
    • An international student holding a work permit to complete your CO-OP or internship employment or medical training (resident or clinical or research fellowship);
    • An international student holding a work permit for post-graduate work (usually for up to three years of work opportunities upon graduation);
    • An international student whose spouse or common-law partner has received a work permit as a result of the international student holding a valid Study Permit; or
    • An international student holding an Off-Campus Work Permit.
  3. Canada recognizes a person as a Convention refugee only after the second phase of the refugee claim assessment has been completed. You must also provide a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) confirming that CIC has received your application for permanent resident status.

Tuition for international students

Tuition for international students applies to persons:

  • E.  Who do not belong to any of the groups described in ABC or D, or
  • F.  Who, despite belonging to one of the groups in ABC or D, have not submitted their supporting documents before the enrolment deadline. Proof of Citizenship or Permanent Status must be submitted by these deadlines, otherwise Foreign Student Fees will apply. No retroactive status changes will be made:
    • October 31 for the fall term;
    • January 31 for the winter term;
    • June 30 for graduate students enrolled for the spring-summer term (May-August); and
    • July 31 for graduate students enrolled for the summer session (July-August), as well as for undergraduate students enrolled during the spring-summer or summer terms.

Tuition for auditors

Auditors (see definition below) pay a fixed fee of $100 per unit for each course taken. For example, a typical course of three units’ costs $300. If the student only takes courses as an auditor, ancillary fees do not apply. 

This concerns part-time undergraduate and graduate auditors in all programs except for the Undergraduate Medical Education program. 

Auditors: Persons who are enrolled in a course as either a regular or special student but are not required to complete work assignments or write exams and who will not receive units for the course. 

Classifications of ancillary fees

For a full list, see Ancillary fees. Ancillary fees are non-refundable after the period for full refunds ends. 

Health Services 

The University decided to impose these ancillary fees to provide students with access to health services that suit their circumstances and lifestyles. This fee is charged to all full-time and part-time students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The cost of this fee is indexed to the CPI annually. The revenues generated by this fee fund convenient access to a wide range of health services on campus (such as family medicine, a drop-in clinic that is open seven days a week, immunization required for study programs and internships, mental health services, sports medicine services and other specialist medical care). It also funds a healthy lifestyles program that provides students with information on nutrition, stress reduction, mental health, sexual health, drug and alcohol issues, etc. 

Sports Services 

Current Sports Services ancillary fees were established through a referendum held among the entire University of Ottawa population in 2001. It funds sports facilities, such as fitness centres and sports fields, as well as student sports activities, such as group classes. It also funds student initiatives submitted and approved by the School Spirit Council, a committee that comprises representatives from the University, GSAÉD and UOSU. This fee is for charged to all undergraduate and graduate students, whether full time or part time. The cost of this fee is annually indexed to the CPI. The revenues it generates fund the administration, operation and maintenance of sports facilities and sports programs on campus. 

U-Pass transit pass 

This fee was established through a referendum held among the entire University of Ottawa student population in order to provide affordable transportation to all students. It allows students to use the public transit services provided by OC Transpo and the STO (Société de transport de l’Outaouais). The UPass program is governed by a contract between the University of Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, the UOSU and the GSAÉD. This contract specifies the cost of the transit pass, which only covers public transit. This fee is charged to all full-time University of Ottawa students (with certain exceptions) in order to minimize the cost of the U-Pass. 

University Centre 

This fee was established through a referendum held among the entire University of Ottawa population in 1966 with the aim of offering social, recreational and cultural activities to improve student life on campus. It is charged to all full-time and part-time students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 1973, a decision by the Board of Governors has linked the cost of this fee to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). An advisory committee composed of student representatives, along with members of the UOSU, GSAÉD and the University community, supervises the use of revenues raised by this fee. The University Centre (UCU) houses the legislative, executive and administrative branches of the student unions and provides spaces for student clubs, societies, associations, and related businesses. Its expenses include costs related to the administration, operation and maintenance of Jock Turcot University Centre and student wellness programs, such as the multi-faith space, services for nursing mothers, the Carrefour francophone, the Women’s Resource Centre, and all activities that enhance the student experience. 

Telfer School of Management Career Centre 

This ancillary fee was established through a referendum held among the student population of the Telfer School of Management. The Career Centre provides students with professional and personal support services, such as career counselling and coaching, CV critiques, aptitude test (MBTI) administration and scoring, networking events, job fairs and career information sessions. This fee is charged to all students enrolled in a Telfer undergraduate or MBA program because these services allow Telfer to meet the requirements of triple accreditation (AACSB, AQUIS, AMBA) and in order to fund a field in which career preparation is an essential job requirement. The revenue from these fees pays for events, trips, specialized programs, test administration and scoring, as well as for expenses related to staffing, software upgrades, and student initiatives. 

University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) ancillary fees 

Learn more about UOSU ancillary fees

Graduate Students Association of the University of Ottawa (GSAÉD) ancillary fees 

Learn more about GSAÉD ancillary fees

Guidelines for digital learning material

The University of Ottawa follows guidelines on digital learning material used in courses. These guidelines are in line with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ (MTCU) Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines for Publicly-Assisted Universities 2013-14 to 2016-17. In this framework, MTCU permits, under certain conditions, the universities to ask students to purchase digital learning material.  

Digital learning material can include access to databases, access to online learning resources and access to mobile clickers. Digital test/assessment tools can include simulation tools, online quizzes and online exercises. 

Below are the University of Ottawa’s guidelines about fees for digital learning materials. 

Guidelines 

The University of Ottawa recognizes that digital learning material can enhance the academic experience of students. At the same time, the University is conscious of the potential financial impact of such costs for students. 

Therefore, and in accordance with MTCU guidelines, the University has developed the following guidelines for the fees related to digital learning materials.  

  1. The instructors should use digital learning material that is already available to students at the University. When such digital learning material is not appropriate, the instructor may ask students to purchase digital learning material that become the property of the students, which can include test/assessment tools. 
  2. Instructors may use digital test/assessment tools to assess student performance, if the weight of the total course grade associated to its use does not exceed 25%. Exceptionally, the instructor can obtain written approval from the Dean of the faculty offering the course should the weight exceed 25%. 
  3. The total cost of the digital learning material for a course of three units or less should not exceed $60. Exceptionally, the instructor can obtain written approval from the Dean of the faculty offering the course should the total cost exceed $60.  
  4. When the test/assessment tools are bundled with other learning material (such as a textbook), the instructor must provide an option for students to purchase the test/assessment tool separately. The above threshold of $60 applies to the stand-alone digital learning material only. 
  5. If the above provisions are not satisfied, the use of digital learning material can be proposed to students, but the instructor must also offer a no-fee alternative to students.  
  6. It is expected that the course syllabus will indicate, if relevant: 
    • the digital learning material (required or optional), including test/assessment tools, 
    • the cost of such material, 
    • the weight of the total course grade associated with the use of the test/assessment tools, 
    • the details on how to obtain such material, and 
    • the details on the no-fee alternative 

Terms and conditions for university fees

Fee categories 

Tuition fees are set according to two categories: full-time studies and part-time studies. For details and conditions, see Student classification below. 

Student classification 

Undergraduate students 

  • Full-time: Students enrolled in the equivalent of 12 or more units during a given term will be considered full-time students and must pay full-time university fees. For purposes of fee assessment and classification, courses taken as an auditor are not included in the student classification and special fees apply. 
  • Part-time: Students enrolling in fewer than 12 units will be considered part-time students and must pay part-time tuition (on a per unit basis) and part-time ancillary fees. Part-time fees in the case of non-credit (N/C) courses are determined according to the number of weekly hours of formal lectures or equivalent. 

Graduate Studies 

Fee amount and payment

Your tuition and ancillary fees depend on your program of studies, on your legal status in Canada and on the number of units you are taking. University fees are due by the dates indicated in the Important academic dates and deadlines.

Cancellation of enrolment

If you decide not to attend a course or to drop a course after your course selection has been approved, you must withdraw formally from the course in your Student Center by the date indicated in the Important academic dates and deadlines. From uoZone, go to Applications and select Enrol. Then select the Drop tab and follow the instructions. If you don’t do this, you will receive a grade of ABS (equivalent to an F). Regular rules for fee payment still apply.

Lean more about withdrawing from a course.

Payment of fees

Paying your University fees

Your Statement of Account reflects the official state of your University of Ottawa account at the time you view it. It is updated regularly. To view it, log into uoZone, click the Applications tab, and click Statement of Account.

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