Estimating the cost of a year at Carleton will vary depending on your program of study and lifestyle preferences. The chart below will give you a general idea of what you should expect to spend over the course of a year while living in Ottawa, but actual costs will vary depending on your personal needs. The approximate costs are given in Canadian dollars and are based on a 12-month period unless otherwise noted.

Tuition Fee Estimator

When planning to pay for your university education in Canada, it’s important to explore all of the funding options that are available to you from all sources. Please note that funding from Carleton (including teaching assistantships, research assistantships and scholarships) is limited to only a few outstanding international applicants.

International Funding

Expenses Single Student Average Family of Four
Tuition and ancillary fees 2021-2022*
Varies according to program. Visit Student Accounts Receivable for a list of fees by program. Fees listed are for the fall and winter terms of the listed academic year only (September-April). Many programs also require summer registration, which will increase your annual fees.The quoted amounts include both the compulsory fees and optional non-tuition fees in their totals.
$17,792 – $24,674 (Fall & Winter terms only). Some programs <also require a Summer term. Please consult your dept. & the fee calculator for details) $17,792 – $24,674
(per student)
MBA/MAcc Tuition and ancillary fees 2021-2022*
Visit Student Accounts Receivable for complete fee details. Fees listed are for the fall and winter terms of the listed academic year only (September-April).
$30,086-$34,337 $30,086-$34,337
(per student)
On-campus living
Single room in Carleton’s residence including meal plan. Cost from September to April only.
$12,455 – $14,187 N/A
Off-campus living
Estimates based on a one bedroom unfurnished apartment for a single student and a 2-3 bedroom unfurnished accommodation for a family of four. Shared accommodations (i.e. roommates) and location within Ottawa may lower the overall cost. Additional utility charges may apply.
$8000-$10,000 $19,100
Books and supplies
Varies according to program.
$1,200 $1,200
Miscellaneous expenses
Clothes, entertainment, personal expenses, etc.
$3,000 $10,150
Groceries $4,000 $6,500
Public transportation amount based on one monthly adult transit pass. Cost listed is for 12 months.
N/A $1,400
Estimated Total Expenses $38,447 – $56,724
$56,142 – $72,687

*Tuition and ancillary fees are estimates and include international student fees and the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fee for 12 months.

** If your registration status is full-time, the U-Pass (Universal Transit Pass) amount is included in your fall term fees. The U-Pass is for current students only. Dependents will be required to buy a PRESTO card or use bus tickets.

Note: International student tuition fees are subject to an annual increase of 5% to 8% pending Board approval. Students may be required to register in the summer term and will be subject to the appropriate tuition fee for that term. Official tuition fee information is available on the Student Accounts Receivable website.