3 Ways to Save Tuition Fee in Canada: International student

3 Ways to Save Tuition Fee in Canada: International student

If you are an international student and want to save tuition fee in Canada. Here are best ways to do it.

Free education in Canada

The first thing is that there is no free education for international students. 

Yes, you can get scholarships. You can get some financial aid but there is no such thing as free education. Canada is not Europe. Canada is not a state. In states, you can get a grant or a scholarship for your tuition fees. In Canada, it doesn’t work like that. 

You have a free education in Europe and then you’ll need to learn another language. 

In France, you can continue your study in the French language for free. You can study for free in Germany in the German language. But if you want to study in English, Canada is one of the most affordable countries in the world. 

Cost of education in Canada

The second thing is that the prices for tuition in Canada are already pretty affordable compared to other countries. 

How does the education system work? 

So you have high school normally it’s 11 or 12 grades depending on the province. And then you have a choice of going to a college or going to a university.

I should also mention here 

  • the prices of college studies cost around 16,000 to 18,000 Canadian dollars per year. 
  • But universities start at 20,000 to 25,000 CAD. 

But again it all depends on the city and in the province. You can even find universities for the price of a college. Let’s say CA$ 18,000 a year can be found somewhere up north in Alberta but you have to understand that no cheap university will be located in downtown Toronto or downtown Montreal.

Part time work in Canada

The first one is to work in Canada. By law, you can work 20 hours when you are in university. And 40 hours when you have your spring break, your summer break, your winter break, or anytime you’re off.

You can work either on-campus, off-campus. But for working in Canada you will need your social insurance number and your study permit.

You don’t need to get an extra work permit for your off-campus work because it’s already in your study permit. You might need a work permit for your co-op programs. But if you want to work part-time while you’re studying, you can do that with your study permit and social insurance number.

Working part-time will not make you a lot of money but at least you will save on housing expenses. Again it depends on how many hours will you work. If it’s your summer break you can work for as many hours as you’d like. 

If you want to work like 100 hours per week you can do so. You’ll be exhausted but you’ll make money for your tuition fees or cover living expenses. 

But what’s the point? 

You’ll be tired all the time. You won’t be able to study properly and then you’re gonna fail.

Co op program

The second option to save money while studying in Canada is taking a co-op program.

What does co-op mean?

Basically, it’s a program that has some time for work placements. Yes you pay extra for that semester but you will make money.

But please before applying to that kind of program check with your college.  Some colleges have a paid internship. You’re gonna get the minimum wage.

That is all good but other colleges have a work placement for you but they are not gonna pay you. So, you’ll just waste money and time. But on the other side you will get Canadian work experience and you’ll be able to get a job right off college. But then again you should think about that.

If your placement is not paid and they’re not gonna give you any money. This is called internships. It’s a great way to gain some local experience. If you want to work in Canada then take the internship. You might get a part-time job or a full-time job. This way you’ll make some money.

Scholarship in Canada

Another best way to reduce your tuition fees in Canada is to get a scholarship. We have different kinds of scholarship in Canada.

  • federal Scholarship,
  • provincial scholarship
  • college/ university scholarships.

Scholarship in Canada is the money that can be used only for the tuition fees. You cannot cash it out. Universities also have scholarships like that for your good grades, for your sport achievements. But they also have some scholarships based on the topic of your research or your field of study.

Federal scholarships

Let’s start with the first one, federal scholarships in Canada. If you get a master’s you have a chance to get a decent scholarship. If you’re doing your doctorate meaning Ph.D. You might even get a full scholarship that will cover your expenses.

The most popular scholarships here in Canada are

You can check on their website for further details. You will find all the deadlines, all the requirements and everything you need to know before applying for a scholarship.

Provincial scholarships

The next category is provincial scholarships. Some of the provinces especially the ones that are like super far and super cold. They offer scholarships so more students come and study there.

I know that Ontario has a trillium scholarship but I think it’s made only for doctorate students. In Alberta, they have different scholarships for different students. If you want to know about the provincial scholarships you should type in google

  • Alberta scholarships,
  • Quebec scholarships.

It always depends on the institutions some of the colleges give you an entry scholarship for your great English or for sports or for other achievements.


What is an assistantship? Basically, if you are a university student you can start teaching or Assistance helping your professor and get paid for that.

If let’s say you’re a student and you’re in your last year you can help aka assist your prof and teach in the first year of your program.

This stuff can be found on the universities or colleges website in the career section or the international student section.

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