Scholarships and Financial aid available for International Students in Canada
Types of Assistance
Merit based assistance is awarded in many forms, from tuition waivers, various
types of assistantships, to fellowships. The most common are listed here :
Tuition Waiver : This means that
the student does not have to pay the tuition fees at the university. However,
general fees (for the use of university facilities like the library,
computers, and sports and health services) usually have to be borne by the
student. A tuition waiver is frequently awarded in conjunction with a
scholarship or teaching/research assistantship.
Assistantship : Most students who
receive assistance do so in the form of an assistantship, i.e. is usually a
cash stipend, sufficient for their living expenses, and/or tuition waiver, in
return for which they have to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week which
normally consists of teaching or other activities. Teaching assistantships are
more likely to be in universities, which have large undergraduate classes
whereas research assistantships tend to be more common in those fields and
universities in which considerable research is going on. Information brochures
of most universities give this information.
Who Should Apply?
Students will have a greater chance
of getting financial aid if they :
Show evidence of a high level of
Achieve high Standardized Examination
scores (GMAT, TOEFL etc.)
Specialize in a field or have a
research interest which parallels that of the department and faculty or
private funding source (which increases opportunities for research
assistantships and grants)
Have outstanding letter of
recommendation and an impressive statement of purpose.
Very few international students get any
kind of assistantships and most people get it after reaching there. So you have
to arrange for funds for the first few semesters, at least till the time you can
arrange something there.