Financial aid and awards
Education is an investment in your future. Don't let cost be a barrier — we can help you secure funding.
Helpful tips to fund your education
Apply for OSAP right after you’ve accepted your offer of admission to Sheridan. The OSAP application can take 4–6 weeks to process so it's best to get started as soon as possible. You can find detailed information on the OSAP website. Fees for OSAP recipients are expected later in the semester — typically after you’ve received your OSAP funding. The only fee you’ll need to pay in advance is the non-refundable enrolment deposit, which you’ll need to pay by the deadline noted on your fee invoice in order to reserve your seat in the program.
Apply for scholarships, awards and bursaries during the first month of each semester using our online General Award Application, which will automatically match you with any bursaries that you’re eligible for. This is your first step before applying to other funding opportunities that may require a separate application.
Create a budget and stick to it. This will help you make sure your money will last through the year so you can avoid financial difficulty. Be careful of credit card promotions. It’s easy to spend too much on credit, but difficult to pay the debt off.
We encourage you to complete a budget form to get started.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government-sponsored program designed to help Ontario students fund their education. It provides financial assistance to postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need. The amount of OSAP you’re eligible to receive is determined through a financial need assessment and is based on your costs and resources. When you apply, you’re automatically considered for both grants (money you don’t have to pay back) and loans (money that you must repay after you leave full-time studies). Visit the OSAP website for more information.
Each province offers its own government-assistance program. If you're attending Sheridan from another province you can apply for government assistance through your home province.
Work Study programs
Consider applying for a Work Study position on campus (or through remote work) to help offset the cost of your education. If you're studying full-time, you may be eligible for a part-time Work Study position. If you’re in a co-op work term or between academic terms, you may be eligible for a full-time position. Visit workstudy.sheridancollege.ca for more information.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries
Each year, Sheridan issues millions of dollars to students through scholarships, awards and bursaries.
We encourage you to apply for funding opportunities through Sheridan’s online award system at the beginning of each semester.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and other established criteria.
Bursaries are awarded to students demonstrating financial need along with other criteria.
Sheridan presents hundreds of academic awards to students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement. Faculty members select student recipients for these awards.
Finance your education
Last year we administered millions of dollars in work-study earnings, scholarships, awards and bursaries, in addition to government assistance. The first step to funding your education is to know your costs. Here are some estimates to guide you:
Tuition and program fees
$5,000–$14,000 /academic year
Books and supplies
$1,500–$3,000 /academic year
Housing (e.g., residence)
$7,000–$8,800 /academic year
Food and other living expenses
$1,500–$3,000 /academic year
Parking and transportation costs
$1,000–$4,000 /academic year
Use this budget tool to help you plan
Looking for financial support?
Connect with our team of experts in the Financial Aid Office — we’re here to support you.