Student awards and financial aid

Student awards and financial aid

In addition to offering scholarship, bursary and work study programs, we provide information about other funding sources, expected costs and strategies for balancing your budget.

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New student

New undergraduate students are eligible for entrance scholarships. This includes:

  • High-school students
  • College-transfer students
  • International students
  • Incoming athletes
  • Indigenous students

Find out more about entrance scholarships.

Current student

Currently enroled undergraduate students may be eligible for in-course scholarships. There are UVic and the departments offer these kinds of awards:

  • GPA-based
  • Application-based
  • Medals and prizes
  • Department awards
  • Athletic awards
  • Awards for students with a permanent disability
  • Awards for indigenous students

Find out more about in-course scholarships.

International student

There are awards for students based on other categories other than your academics or academic department. UVic offers scholarships and awards meant for especially for international students.

Find out more about entrance awards for international students.

Indigenous student

There are awards for students based on other categories other than your academics or academic department. UVic offers scholarships and awards meant for especially for indigenous students.

Find out more about entrance awards for indigenous students.

Athlete

There are awards for students based on other categories other than your academics or academic department.

Find out more about awards for UVic athletes.

Student with a permanent disability

Although students with a disability qualify for all other scholarships, there are additional awards specifically for students with a permanent disability.

Find out more about awards for students with a disability.

Planning

The answer depends on you: how many classes you take, if you drive a car or take the bus, if you share accommodation or rent your own place.

To answer the question, consider your particular circumstances and these average single student costs for 8 months of study:

Service Cost ($)
Domestic Tuition 5,058
International Tuition 16,366
Student Society Fees 149
Athletic & Recreation Fees 158
UVSS Health Plan 144
UVSS Dental Plan 144
UPass Bus Pass 162
Books & Supplies, up to 1,700

Looking for graduate tuition? View graduate tuition and fees on the Graduate Studies site.

Ready to pay your fees?

Note: Tuition costs will vary from program to program. International and Graduate students will also have different tuition costs. Please refer to Accounting Services for exact tuition costs.

Estimated room and board costs for 8 months:

Service Cost ($)
On-campus, single (average) 8,123
On-campus, double (average) 7,164
Off-campus (moderate standard of living according to Student Aid BC) 9,240
Note: These average costs are for a Canadian student living away from home pursuing a Bachelor of Arts program based on the Moderate Standard of Living Guidelines set by the Ministry of Advanced Education. Please visit Residence Services for exact costs.

There are many ways you can fund your education at UVic from your personal savings, to loans, and on-campus work

Source How?
You

Your savings, your part-time earnings, your summer job.

Family

Talk to anyone who may be helping finance your education: parents, other relatives, and significant others.

Student loans
  • Government: The federal government’s Canada Student Loan program is administered in conjunction with provincial and territorial governments. 

  • Banks: Unlike the government loans, banks charge interest while the student is in school.

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Scholarships

UVic has recognized excellence through the generous scholarship program

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Bursaries

UVic offers a generous bursary program for student in financial need

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Workstudy program

Eligible students may apply for UVic's work-study program.

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Ready to pay your fees? Find out what you owe, how to pay, and when fees are due on the tuition website.

Budgeting doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can help prevent financial anxiety as the term progresses.

Make sure your budget is flexible changes in your financial. It's important to save some money for emergencies or a rainy day. A budget is a simple way for you to organize and manage your money to ensure that it lasts for your entire academic year.