Money Matters

The cost of your degree will depend on several factors, including your choice of program and whether you choose to live in residence. Use our Cost Calculator to create a more personalized estimate for your first year. Also be sure to explore scholarship and award options.

Tuition & Fees

The following sample estimate is for Canadian (domestic) students,* based on 2015-16 fee levels, and assumes a full course load in a general Arts program. Tuition fees for other programs may vary. Tuition and non-instructional fees are also subject to change every year.

*Tuition fees for international students, including international students in Canada on a study permit, will be higher. Use the Cost Calculator to calculate international tuition fees.

Sample Cost Estimates for First Year
Tuition Fees $5,321
Non-Instructional Fees(1) $1,514
Books & Supplies $1,600
TOTAL $8,435
Residence & Meal Plan(2) $7,034
TOTAL (in residence) $15,469

(1) Non-instructional fees include student services such as health & wellness, athletics & recreation, and the U-Pass transit pass. For complete information about tuition and fees at the University of Alberta, visit Costs, Tuition, Fees.

(2) Based on a shared room in Lister Hall for eight months, including a mid-range meal plan. For a complete listing of fees and options, please visit Residence Services.

Scholarships & Awards

The University of Alberta administers over $22 million in awards each year, including entrance awards for students entering the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Entrance awards are available in the following categories:

Award Type Value Opening Date  Deadline to Apply
Academic Scholarships
Academic Excellence up to $6,000 Automatic consideration - no application required 
Scholastic Distinction up to $50,000 October 1, 2015  December 15, 2015
Leadership Scholarships
Entrance Leadership Scholarship up to $20,000 October 1, 2015 December 15, 2015
Schulich Leader Scholarships $60,000 – $80,000 September 8, 2015  Nomination: February 2, 2016
Application: February 23, 2016

You must apply for admission before you can apply for awards. The deadline for application-based awards is December 15.

Important note for award applicants: 

Scholarship requirements
You will be evaluated for scholarship eligibility based on your admission average as calculated at the time of your admission offer. Learn more »

If you have applied for a scholarship or award from the university, you must submit all your required documentation, including courses, marks, and transcripts, by December 15, in order for your award application to be evaluated in time. For more details, check your To-Do List in Bear Tracks »

Explore all of your scholarship options and apply online » 

Degrees are in Demand

Today’s employers are seeking employees with global awareness, critical-thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. A university education equips students not only with job skills and training, but with the adaptability and resilience required to succeed in today’s rapidly changing global economy.

Value of a Degree

On average, Bachelor’s degree graduates have a 75 per cent lifetime income advantage (approximately $1.4 million) over those with other types of trades certificates and diplomas.

Work in your Field

University graduates are typically employed in an area connected to their studies soon after graduation. At the University of Alberta, on average, 97 per cent of students find work within two years of graduating.

Strong Job Growth

Between July 2008 and July 2012, 700,000 net new jobs were created for university graduates in Canada, compared to 320,000 net new jobs for college and trades grads, while a total of 640,000 jobs were lost for high school grads.

Sources: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada ( and Statistics Canada (

Financial Support

Coming up with a financial plan for university can be complicated, but our advisors are here to help! Prospective and current UAlberta students have access to a variety of services and resources related to financial health, including:

  • Scholarship and award advising
  • Student loan advising
  • Bursaries and emergency student loans
  • Money management workshops
  • Financial literacy workshops

Student Loan 101 Workshops

Each summer we host Student Loan 101 Workshops to help prospective students navigate the student loan system. Attendees will apply for their Alberta Student Loan during the workshop! Please note that these workshops are specifically designed for those eligible to apply for Alberta Student Loans, which means you must be an Alberta resident. If you are not sure if you're an Alberta resident, visit Student Loans.

Learn more about student financial support »


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