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University of Waterloo - 2016

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Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): In-State / Out-of-State

Graduate Group 1 Graduate Group 2
Tuition & Fees: $8,681 $21,251
Room & Board: $14,523 $14,523
Books & Supplies: $3,000 $3,000
Other Expenses: $6,000 $6,000
Estimated avg. course load per term:
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Institution's Own Application Form

Additional Financial Aid Information

Financial Support:
Financial support is available to graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering at Waterloo from different sources; they include: research studentship from supervisors' grants, teaching assistantships, federal and provincial government scholarships, institutional scholarships, bursaries, and loans provided by the Government of Ontario. PhD and MASc students, within the regular length of the program and based on performance, must, at minimum, be supported either by a research studentship or a scholarship. In 2015/2016, the income of a student in the masters program was $28,000+ whereas it was $37,000+ in the doctorate program.

Research Studentships:
Highly qualified thesis students, both at the MASc and PhD levels, could receive research studentships (GRS) from their supervisors. At the MASc, the value of GRS is $17,000/year, whereas the GRS at the PhD level is $22,293. The $22,293 is the minimum funding for a student in the PhD program, guaranteed for 4 years.

Teaching Assistantship:
A graduate student in the MASc or the PhD programs could be assigned one or more teaching assistantship, TA, tasks each year. Each TA task involves up to 10 hours per week for one term, and pays up to $4,800.

Fellowship Awards by Government Agencies:

Federal Tri-Council Scholarships: NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR are awarded to top domestic (Canadian and Permanent Resident) students.

NSERC: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council:
For PhD the award is PGS D worth $21,000/year.

Exceptional students are awarded Canada Graduate Scholarships: CGS M $17,500/year for MASc, and CGS D $35,000/year for PhD.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships(Vanier CGS) are available to world-class doctoral students. These scholarships require nomination and are valued at $50,000/year for three years.

SSHRC: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council:
The main award at the master's level is CGSM=$17,500 for 12 months. For PhD, there is the SSHRC doctoral fellowship at $20,000/year. For exceptional PhD students, the award is CGSD=$35,000/year.
CIHR: Canadian Institute for Health Research:
The main awards offered by the institute are: CGSM=$17,500/year at the master's level, CGSD=$35,000/year at the PhD level.

Government of Ontario Awards: OGS and QEII-GSST:
OGS: Ontario Graduate Scholarship: $15,000/year for both MASc and PhD. Mostly for domestic students. Five university wide awards are available for international students.
QEII-GSST: The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology: $15,000/year for both MASc and PhD. Five university wide awards are available for international students.

Institutional Awards:

Top-ups for New and Continuing Graduate Students Holding Tri-Council and OGS/QEII-GSST Awards:
Waterloo continues to attract the best students by providing UW President Graduate Scholarship top-ups, $10,000/year ($5,000 scholarship from the university + $5,000 scholarship from the Department), to both incoming and continuing graduate students receiving tri-council (NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR) scholarships and to students receiving the provincial (OGS/QEII-GSST) scholarships.

International Master's and Doctoral Student Awards (IMSA / IDSA)

Master's
New full-time international students starting a thesis based master's program will receive an International Master's Student Award (IMSA) valued at $1,960 per term for 2 years (the value is approximate to one-half of the differential fee per term). Students who are receiving major external awards or sponsorship are not eligible to receive this award.

Doctoral
New full-time international students starting a PhD program will receive an International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA) valued at $3,920 per term for 4 years (the value is approximate to the full differential fee per term). Students who are receiving major external awards or sponsorship are not eligible to receive this award.

Provost's/Doctoral Entrance Award - Women:
To encourage women who wish to pursue a PhD, the University of Waterloo established effective May 1, 2005, the Provost's/Doctoral Entrance Award - Women. The value of the award is $5,000, paid over three terms, and it is available to both domestic and international female PhD students with an over 80% average in their last program.

University of Waterloo Scholarships:
These scholarships are awarded by the University in recognition of special achievements of graduate students. They are normally offered on a term by term basis, at a value of $1,000/award. These awards are over and above the income of students from other sources.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships:
These scholarships are awarded by the Faculty of Engineering in recognition of special achievements of graduate students. They are normally offered on a term by term basis, at a value of $1,000/award. These awards are over and above the income of students from other sources.

Ontario Student Assistance Program, OSAP:
OSAP provides various types of assistance based on financial need to eligible students. Assistance is intended to supplement, not to replace, the resources of students and their families.

University of Waterloo Bursaries and Assistance:
Graduate Students Bursary:
A number of bursaries are available to full-time UW graduate students experiencing short term financial need.
- Students may apply once per term
- Deadlines are four times per year

Graduate Student Birth and Parental Leave Bursary
UW will provide an eight-month birth and parental (includes adoption) leave bursary to eligible graduate students. The birth and parental leave bursary is intended to alleviate students' financial burdens while on leave. The bursary, together with any other continuing support, is intended to maintain income at about 95% of the average level of income received by the student during the three previous academic terms, less tuition, to a maximum of $5,000 for the first term and $3,000 for the second.

Graduate Studies Office Research Travel Assistantship
Funds are available for the purpose of assisting full-time UW graduate students to attend and present their research at professional conferences.

University of Waterloo Day Care Bursary
Full-time graduate students may be eligible to receive funding to assist with day care expenses. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need.