Three simple ways to help fund your education at the University of Calgary

By University of Calgary Modified on December 05, 2018

It’s good to know your financial options.


Taking advantage of the university’s innovative teaching and learning environment will be easier if you aren’t worried about your finances.

Figuring out how much your education will cost is an important first step in making a financial plan. Use our online cost estimator tool to help you determine the approximate fees based on your program. If you’re considering living on campus, this tool will also help you estimate the cost of residence and meal plans.

Once you’ve figured out your approximate costs, you’ll have a financial target to budget toward, and you can start building a financial plan for your academic year. As you build out your financial plan for your first year, consider the following three simple recommendations.

#1 Apply for Entrance Awards
With more than $16 million in scholarships, bursaries and awards handed out to undergraduate students every year, the University of Calgary can help you finance your post-secondary education. We offer prestige and competitive awards, in addition to our automatic awards.

The trick is to make sure you apply. At the University of Calgary, we offer a single application for all entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards. For prestige awards, submit your application by Dec. 15, 2018. For our competitive entrance awards, you have until March 1, 2019 to submit your application. Your awards application is made in your MyUCalgary Student Centre.

#2 Apply for Student Loans
Student loans can help finance your education. As a Canadian resident, you’ll be eligible for federal and provincial loans and a variety of grants. Take comfort in knowing that a grant doesn’t have to be repaid! You also get a six-month period once you’ve completed your studies in which you don’t have to make loan payments.

#3 Work a part-time job on- or off-campus
Working while you attend school isn’t as daunting as it sounds. It can provide a welcome break from studies and can also lend itself to a future career. Additionally, there are plenty of flexible part-time jobs or co-op and internship opportunities that can align with your classes and study schedule. Visit Career Services, where they’ll help you spruce up your resume and find good part-time opportunities.

For more information about financing your education at the University of Calgary, visit the University of Calgary website.