Funding your degree in Canada

Although tuition fees in Canada are inexpensive compared to other countries, it is likely you will still need at least some help with covering the cost of the fees, along with your living expenses.

This section gives details of the main sources of funding you can look into to help yourself financially whilst studying in Canada.

1. Home country

Your own country is a potential source of funding, either from organisations or companies based in your home country or from your government.

This is an avenue that you will have to explore before you leave and some of the stipulations of funding might be that you have to return to your home country once you have graduated, so keep this in mind when applying for aid from your home country.

2. International organisations

There are several International Organisations, such as the Fulbright Commission, who provide financial aid to students all over the world. Other such organisations who offer help are:

Many of these require you to be in your home country when you apply, so plan ahead and make sure you get your application in early as they can be very competitive.

3. Canadian universities

Scholarships and awards for international students are available at some Canadian institutions for students with exceptional results.

The amount and type of award varies from one institution to another.

Obtaining a scholarship is competitive and applications must be made directly to each school.

4. Family

The biggest source of income for international students is your family.

This may be either in the form of your parents, or aunts and uncles providing you with some money for your studies abroad.

Further information

For more help and advice on applying to university in Canada, please see: