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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

So, how much does it all cost, you ask? There’s tuition, living expenses, textbooks, technology, fees and parking costs. And don’t forget food, clothing, entertainment, transportation, phone bills and the occasional haircut! The good news is we can help.

Between scholarships and bursariesfinancial assistance and on-campus employment opportunities, we offer a number of options to help you finance your education.

For a full breakdown of tuition fees and incidental fees by program, as well as information on how to understand your tuition invoice, visit our Tuition and Fees section on

Estimated Costs to Attend Laurier

The following are estimated costs for your first year at Laurier (two terms studying full time) based on the fees for the 2016/17 academic year. Fees subject to increase for 2017/18. This chart is an estimate only.

Estimated graduate tuition fees can be found in our Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies section.

For a full breakdown of tuition and incidental fees by program, as well as information on how to understand your tuition invoice, visit our Tuition and Fees section on

Estimated Costs to Attend Laurier




$6,346 – $8,715

Incidental fees

$1,073 – $1,273



Academic subtotal

$8,369 – $10,938


  • $4,797 – $7,723 (Waterloo: dorm or apartment style); or
  • $6,229 – $6,676 (Brantford: apartment style only)

Meal plans2

  • $4,850 or $5,250 (Waterloo: dormitory-style meal plan); or
  • $2,020 (Waterloo: apartment-style meal plan) + 300/month for groceries; or
  • $800 (Brantford: convenience meal plan) + 300/month for groceries





Personal (entertainment, hair, etc.)*

$2,000 ($250/month)

Parking fees*


Total (approximate)

$21,399 – $26,247

* Costs variable depending on student.

1 Canadian undergraduate BBA/BCS double degree with the University of Waterloo tuition fees for first-year students are $12,972.

2 The apartment-style meal plan option is mandatory for those students who have been assigned to an apartment-style residence. Students in apartment-style residences should also factor in groceries at approximately $300/month.

Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries

We know that university can be expensive, not only in first year, but throughout your time at Laurier. We’ve responded to concerns about the rising cost of higher education, and are excited to announce that we have increased our entrance scholarship offerings and you may qualify for additional funding for your years 2 through 4 (5 for some programs), provided you meet the specified grade requirements.

Awards from the Entrance Scholarship Grid are available to students who are entering Year 1 of any undergraduate program who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or bearers of a valid student visa. To be eligible, visa applicants must have completed their senior year at a Canadian high school. Recipients must be registered full-time. No application is required.

Based solely on financial need, entrance bursaries are worth a maximum of $2,000 and do not need to be repaid. Once you have applied to Laurier through OUAC, you can apply for a bursary until the deadline: April 19, 2017.

Financial Aid

Roughly half of all Laurier students are granted government loans through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). OSAP provides interest-free loans and grants to students who meet the financial need criteria. Assistance is based on the gross family income, the size of the family and student resources.

OSAP applications can take up to eight weeks to process, so we recommend that your application and all required supporting documentation is submitted to the Student Awards office as early as possible (once you accept your offer of admission). You should apply by mid-July to allow for processing of documentation and to ensure that your funding will be available to you at the start of the fall semester.

Applying for Government Support

The application for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) are available online.

First-time applicants are required to submit a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to their nearest post office to have the funding electronically transferred to their account. Returning students who have already submitted an MSFAA may not need to resubmit this document if their banking information has not changed.

Students who have identified themselves as having a permanent disability on their OSAP application should follow up with the Accessible Learning Centre to ensure that they are considered for all appropriate available funding options. Connect with your disability consultant to learn about programs and next steps.

Competitive Scholarships and Awards

Laurier offers numerous scholarships and awards. To be considered for competitive opportunities, you must submit a “Student and Faculty Profile” on LORIS once you’re a student at Laurier. Look for emails to your “myLaurier” email account for deadline dates.

Work Opportunities

Lots of people work while they go to school. Laurier hires numerous students for work in almost every department on campus and our co-op program gives you the opportunity to gain work experience while earning a pay cheque.

The Laurier Work-Study Program provides students in financial need with on-campus part-time employment. About 75 positions are available annually and allow for a maximum earning of $2,000 per year for first- or second-year students, and $3,000 per year for third- and fourth-year students.

Waterloo and Brantford are also thriving communities with a diverse manufacturing base and healthy retail and service sectors. These are great areas for student employment, with plenty of opportunities close to campus.

Contact Service Laurier:

Waterloo Campus Office

T: 519.884.0710 x2800
Office Location: 202 Regina, second floor

Brantford Campus Office

T: 519.756.8228 x5885
Office Location: Grand River Hall, room 202


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