Funding Your Education

We know that university costs a lot of money. We also know that not everyone can afford to pay that cost. The University of Guelph believes that an education should be an attainable goal for all qualified students. Guelph's Guarantee to Accessible University Education guarantees that every student who is academically qualified should be able to attend university, regardless of financial obstacles.

Our Student Financial Services offers you a variety of financial aid programs that will help you plan and manage the financial pressures of attending university.

We make it easier:

  • Semesterly payments: pay your fees by semester, not in one large lump-sum in September.
  • Domestic entrance scholarships are awarded to applicants who achieve an admission average of 85% and above
  • Renewable entrance scholarships are available to international applicants who meet the eligibility requirements
  • Over $24.2 million in merit- and needs-based awards.
  • Work Studypart-time, on-campus jobs for 400-500 students with financial needs.
  • Part-time Jobs: almost 4,000 students are employed on campus in part-time jobs - from serving lattes to lifeguarding, you can make a few extra bucks!
  • In-Course Bursaries: For students who have unexpected financial shortfalls, an in-course bursary can help.
  • Government Loans: Our Student Financial Services office administers the OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) for our students (available for students who are permanent residents only).
  • Co-operative Education: facilitates student learning and career development while earning a wage.

How much will it cost?

Canadian Students/Permanent Residents

Estimated Expenses (Per Year)

Full-time Tuition $6,091*
Residence Room $6,644
Full Meal Plan $6,350**
Personal Budget $2,300
Compulsory Fees $1,432
Total $23,017***

International Students

Estimated Expenses (Per Year)

Full-time Tuition $26,730 - 36,906*
Residence Room $6,644 - $8,632
Meal Plan $4,250 - $6,350**
Personal Expenses $2,250
Optional Fees $220 - $350
Compulsory Fees $1,432
Health Insurance $720
Total $43,488 - $57,944***

*Full-time tuition ranges between $6,091 and $11,286 per year. Full-time undergraduate tuition for International students ranges between $26,730 and $36,906 per year. Co-op students pay an additional $270 per semester.

**The five meal plan options range in cost from $4,250 to $6,350 per year. You may add a textbook plan to your meal plan for $1,000.

 ***These estimates are based on 2020/2021 figures and are subject to change. Costs vary from program to program and depend on your lifestyle.

For more information on tuition and ancillary fees, please visit Student Financial Services: Fees and Payments.

International Students: In order to get a Study Permit/Visa, Immigration Canada will require that you have sufficient funds to pay for one full year of tuition fees and living expenses. If you have any questions about the financial commitments required by Immigration Canada to study in Canada, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Indigenous Students from the United States

Students from the United States who self-identify as Indigenous on their application will be eligible to pay domestic tuition fees rather than international fees. A tribal enrollment or registration card must be presented to qualify. Contact the International Student Advisor at 519-824-4120 x53954 for more information.

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