Carleton University has one of the most generous scholarship and bursary programs in Canada. Last year, more than 14,700 scholarships and bursaries totalling over $28.6 million were awarded to undergraduate students.

Entrance Scholarships

If you have been admitted to Carleton with an admissions average of 80 per cent or better, you will automatically be considered for a renewable Entrance Scholarship at the time of admission. International students are also eligible for these merit-based entrance scholarships. The admission average we use is calculated from the grades submitted by your high school in support of your application. Entrance Scholarships are offered for fall entry only. You may be offered a renewable Entrance Scholarship provided you are entering Carleton for the first time from high school or CEGEP and have no previous attendance at post-secondary educational institutions. To be considered for an Entrance Scholarship, Carleton’s Admissions Services must receive your complete application for admission and all required grades (either directly or through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) by June 1. Entrance Scholarship offers are not assessed or reassessed on final high school grades.

If you are an excellent student transferring from another Canadian university or college program to a full-time undergraduate program at Carleton, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships for transfer students.

Prestige Scholarships

Carleton’s highest awards are our Prestige Scholarships. You will be considered for a Prestige Scholarship only if you are entering Carleton directly from high school or CEGEP. For all Prestige Scholarships, you must achieve an admission average of 90 per cent or better. The selection committee will also assess the range of your community or secondary school extracurricular activities. An application is required. Deadline is March 1.

Additional Entrance Scholarships

Carleton Capital Scholarship

Up to 13 students will be selected annually, with one recipient for each province and territory, to receive a $2,000 award in their first year. The Carleton Capital Scholarship is awarded in addition to other Entrance Scholarships. To be eligible for the Carleton Capital Scholarship, students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons entering the first year of a degree program and pursuing post-secondary studies for the first time. Students must also demonstrate participation in extra-curricular activities and a strong academic background (with a minimum admission average of 90 per cent). An application is required. Deadline is March 1.

Sprott School of Business Scholarships

The Dean’s Entrance Scholarship of Excellence, valued at $2,000 or $4,000, will be awarded to the top students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Commerce program. This scholarship is awarded in addition to other Entrance Scholarships.

Faculty of Engineering and Design Scholarships

Up to 60 scholarships, valued at $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded to the top students who are entering selected Bachelor of Engineering programs. The scholarship is awarded in addition to other Entrance Scholarships.

Page Program Entrance Scholarships

Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded to students in the House of Commons Page Program who are entering an undergraduate degree program at Carleton. Valued at $1,000, the scholarship is awarded in addition to other Entrance Scholarships.

Arthur Kroeger College National Scholarships

Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded to students entering the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program. Two students (minimum admission average of 90 per cent) will be selected from each of the following five regions:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • British Columbia and Northern Canada
  • Ontario
  • Prairies
  • Quebec

Valued at $2,000, the scholarship will be awarded in addition to other Entrance Scholarships.

Collins Memorial Entrance Scholarships for Earth Sciences

Two or more scholarships, valued at $1,000 to $4,000, will be awarded to students entering the first year of an Earth Sciences program. The scholarship is awarded in addition to other Entrance Scholarships.

The Law Scholarship in Architectural Studies

A $10,000 scholarship is available annually to an outstanding full-time undergraduate international student entering the Bachelor of Architectural Studies. Eligible students must be admitted from a high school in China/Hong Kong. An application is required.


A bursary is a monetary award similar to a scholarship in that you are not expected to repay it, but is awarded primarily on financial need rather than academic achievement.

Carleton University Entrance Bursary

A Carleton University Entrance Bursary will provide you with additional funds and will help you meet the direct education costs of your first-year studies. An application is required. Deadline is June 30.

Leadership Entrance Bursary

High school students who have taken a leadership role in their school’s extracurricular activities and in community service may also be considered for a Leadership Entrance Bursary. An application is required.

Other funding

Working on campus

A great way to offset the expense of university is to have a part-time job on campus. At Carleton, most campus units hire students throughout the academic year. Senior students can often find positions with departments as research assistants. A part-time job not only puts extra money in your pocket, but also provides valuable job experience at the same time. Carleton’s Career Services provides students with job search support and on-campus career counselling.

Work Study Program

The Work Study Program provides part-time, on-campus employment for those students demonstrating financial need.

Provincial Student Assistance Programs

If you are currently attending an Ontario high school, your guidance office can provide information on the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which may help cover the cost of your post-secondary studies.

If you do not live in Ontario, you may be eligible for out-of-province student assistance through your home province or territory.

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