Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.86 / 4.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
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Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
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Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
55.10

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
84.70

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

In accordance with the Province of Ontario’s Student Access Guarantee, Waterloo ensures that Ontario students in need have access to the resources they need for their tuition, books and mandatory fees that are not covered by the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students are required to seek financial support from all sources, including family, employment, loans, and government support programs. https://uwaterloo.ca/student-awards-financial-aid/bursaries/support-statement. For students who are not Ontario residents, there are other Canadian and U.S loan programs https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/financing/paying
Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association offers a Food bank for use by all students. UW administers 1st Generation Bursary Funding on behalf of the provincial government.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

Through the government of Ontario and/or other donors, the University also offers scholarships and bursaries for aboriginal students, refugees, mature students, and Ontario first generation students. These are listed in the database of student awards.


Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Waterloo’s calculations for students that are low-income is based on the percentage of incoming students who qualify for and receive any level of provincially funded need-based aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The graduation success metric tracks the graduation from students receiving OSAP aid in 2014 through their graduation in 2020.

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