Financial Aid and Awards


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.

Change in our business hours:
The Financial Aid and Awards Service will exceptionally be closed on Friday, April 25, 2014.
To estimate and plan for the cost of university studies

Estimating the cost of university studies

Tuition and incidental fees
Arts, Health Sciences,
Science, Social Sciences

$6,320
Civil Law
$8,811
Telfer School of Management
$7,108
Engineering
$7,492–$8,498
Textbooks and supplies
Varies from one faculty to another
between $800 and $1,200
Bus pass (U-Pass)
Included in incidental fees
Housing
Conventional residence
$4,622–$5,384
Apartment-style residence
$5,464–$6,872
Off-campus accommodation (shared)
$4,000–$5,000
Food
uOttawa meal plan (including Flex dollars)
$2,700–$3,600
Groceries
$2,400

The above amounts are based on undergraduate fees in place for the 2012-2013 academic year (September to April) and are subject to change.

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.
financial planning

Financial 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 emailing loansandawards@uOttawa.ca. We’ll evaluate the urgency of your situation and will do our best to get you the help you need.