Funding Your Education - Domestic students

We believe that attending university should be accessible to all qualified individuals, regardless of their financial status. We make it easier for you by working in partnership with government and students; See how the U of G helps you fund your education. Our innovative and comprehensive financial aid programs are specifically geared to ensuring an accessible, top-quality education for all students. 

In the 2022-23 school year, students received $27.1 million CAD in awards, including $10.2 million CAD in need-based awards!

  • President's Scholarships*: $42,500
    • Nine scholarships recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities. Applications are due January 25, 2024.
  • Lincoln Alexander Chancellor's Scholarships*: $42,500
    • Each year, two scholarships recognize students entering with a minimum of 90% admission average who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities. Students must be an Indigenous person; a person with a disability; and/or a  Black or racialized personApplications are due January 25, 2024.
  • Board of Governors' Scholarships*: $20,000 CAD
    • 25 awards of $20,000 payable over four years, recognizing students with outstanding academic excellence. Application not required. 
  • Entrance Scholarships: All Canadian citizens/PR entering the 1st semester of post-secondary studies for the first time applying to the University of Guelph are automatically considered for a University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship. The scholarship offer will be made with the offer of admission to students who qualify. Whether a scholarship offer is made with an admission offer or not, all eligible students will be re-considered in May and August and have the opportunity to qualify or better their award. Application not required. 
  • (*) Note: Some conditions may apply as outlined on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Program-specific scholarships: Be sure to browse the Undergraduate Award Search tool to explore hundreds of scholarships available each year. Search for available awards by academic year, college/program and be sure to make note of individual application deadlines.
  • Registrar's Entrance Bursaries: 550 awards of $4,000 for first year of study to those students who have demonstrated financial need. Applications are due April 15.
  • Accessibility Bursaries: 200 awards of $14,000 payable over four years to those who have demonstrated financial need. Applications are due April 15.

There are many opportunities to make money while you are at the University of Guelph. Here are some options:

  • Co-operative EducationYou will work full-time during your co-op work terms and can make $500 – $1,000 CAD per week depending on your job!
  • Part-time JobsMore than 4,000 on-campus jobs are available on a competitive basis. Work in one of the many campus eateries, in the athletics centre, or any of the retail locations on campus. There are many jobs available throughout the city, too. Guelph is big enough to offer lots of opportunities and small enough to get around easily! We know that part-time work is an important part of subsidizing the cost of your education.
  • Work Study Program: Our Work Study program creates part-time employment on campus for hundreds of students who have financial need. International students may apply for Work Study funding in their 2nd year of university.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantships: Students with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for a paid summer research opportunity, allowing them to gain invaluable research experience while working full time in the summer months.

Estimated Expenses (Per Year)

Full-time Tuition $6,091 - $11,286* 
Full-time Tuition for non-Ontario students $6,715 – $12,443
Residence Room $6,846 - $9,992
Meal Plan $4,980 - $7,208
Personal Budget  $2,500
Compulsory Fees $1,632 - $1,784
Other program-specific fees $50 - $120
Total $22,099 - $34,047 CAD
*Co-op students pay an additional $330 CAD per semester for academic and work semesters.
Disclaimer: Students should also factor in travel costs, equipment fees, and personal living expenses. Housing and food costs will vary depending on lifestyle. If you are living in a traditional residence, meal plans are mandatory. For students living in East Residence or the East Village Townhouses the purchase of a meal plan is optional.

  • Chat with a UniBuddy - chat one-on-one with a current U of G student and hear about their experience first-hand.
  • Contact our Student Financial Services Department.
  • Book an appointment with a financial counselor. When you arrive in Guelph, you can call 519-824-4120 Ext. 58715 to schedule an appointment.