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How Much Does UWC Cost?

The National Committee of Canada works to ensure that no student is unable to attend for financial reasons. Our financial aid system helps ensure that students and their families understand the cost, and are only asked to contribute a fair amount.

UWC aspires to meet the demonstrated financial need of selected students, and we offer much more funding per student than other international schools. About 75% of Canadian students who attend UWC do so with a scholarship or financial aid. Given the financial pressures on UWC and the financial needs of many UWC students, it is a priority for us to make fair assessments of reasonable parental contributions. We are immensely grateful for all contributions we receive from parents: however, large or small, these help us meet the needs of our students and secure the future of the UWC movement worldwide.

For Canadians who attend UWC, scholarships and financial aid are available. There are regional scholarship opportunities for students to attend UWC from Alberta, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Yukon. There are also scholarship opportunities available for Indigenous students from Canada to attend Pearson College. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships, and any shortlisted candidate who does not qualify for a scholarship may opt into the financial aid program.

Financial aid is granted based on demonstrated need. Assessments take place after the selection process is complete and are entirely separate from the determination of a candidate’s merit. The NCC meets the financial need of as many shortlisted students as possible through this program.

The system the NCC uses to assess financial need is similar to the system used by the Canada Student Loan Program. It takes into consideration household income, assets, region, family size, and other factors.

The chart below summarizes the typical costs of attending (tuition, flights, etc.) and the amount of those costs typically covered by aid. Aid varies based on several factors, and may not be within the ranges shown.