Admission Awards

There are over 5,000 undergraduate admission awards that total nearly $25 million at the University of Toronto, along with its faculties, campuses and colleges, awards each year.

Eligible high school students (including international candidates) are automatically considered for a variety of admission scholarships when they apply to the University. Awards and cut-offs vary by division, faculty and college.  The majority of our admission scholarships are awarded
automatically. A separate application is not required for these merit-based admission awards.

Spotlight on some admission awards

National Scholarship

The National Scholarship program recognizes original and creative thinkers, community leaders, and high academic achievers. It is U of T’s most prestigious award for Canadian high school students entering the university and offers full-ride scholarships to National Scholars.

Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship program recognizes international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement who are recognized as leaders within their school. The Pearson Scholars receive full-ride scholarships.

Learn more about admission awards in the guide for first-entry program: Within Reach: How to Finance Your University of Toronto Experience


Frequently Asked Questions


The University of Toronto offers admission scholarships based on merit and/ or financial need. Our major awards are the National Scholarship Program, President’s Scholars of Excellence Program (PSEP), and University of Toronto Scholars Program.

Majority of our on-admission scholarship funding is awarded automatically. A separate application is not required for these merit-based admission awards. Secondary school students are automatically considered for the merit based awards as part of the U of T admission process.

U of T also offers awards on the basis of criteria such as financial need, academic merit, Indigenous background, first generation students, demonstrated leadership etc. A separate supplementary application must be submitted for these awards.

For additional information on college/faculty awards that may require an application, please refer to the individual college or faculty web site.

Students transferring from another college/university are not eligible for admission awards.

All admitted students, including international students, are automatically considered for admissions scholarships. However, these awards tend to be fairly competitive because of the large volume of excellent students who apply to the University of Toronto each year. Please note that the admission awards, which are certainly a great help, are not designed to cover the full cost of international tuition so it is best to have other funding plans as well.

The U of T Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship is U of T’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship for international students. It covers tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for four years. The scholarship is tenable only at U of T.

For information on admission awards that may require an application, please refer to the awards sorter.

Browse additional information on International Students

As we have a large and vibrant population of students from the United States, we have created a resource web page for students from United States.

Financial aid information for U.S. Citizens is available through the resource page.

U of T attracts a large volume of excellent students each year making awards fairly competitive.

Some scholarships are based on academic factors as applicable to students’ academic background and intended area of study. Secondary school students are automatically considered for these awards as part of the U of T admission process. A separate application is not required for these merit-based admission awards.

In addition, U of T also offers awards on the basis of criteria such as financial need, academic merit, Indigenous background, first generation students, demonstrated leadership etc. A separate supplementary application must be submitted for these awards.

Scholarships are based on your grades at the time of admission

Decisions on University awards, including the President’s Scholars of Excellence Program (PSEP) and the U of T Scholars Program, are not revisited.

Provided that you meet all the conditions on your offer of admission we will not withdraw the scholarship offer. Please remember that your final high school marks are an important part of your academic record for the future – keep working!

We award University scholarships on the basis of the student’s average at the time of admission, and the decision is sent either with the offer of admission or under separate cover. 

No – The scholarship offer is campus/faculty/college specific. The scholarship is only valid with the specific admission offer.

No, the University of Toronto Scholar admission award is not renewable.

You will however, be considered for University of Toronto In-course Scholarships at the end of your first, second and third year of study (students are considered after completing their fifth, tenth and fifteenth credit) along with the rest of the student body.  There are 100 scholarships at each level. These scholarships have a value of $1,500 and are tenable with other in-course awards.

Please note that the President’s Scholar of Excellence is not tenable with the following admission scholarships:  Arbor Scholarship, C. David Naylor University Scholarship, Humanities Excellence Admission Scholarship, Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, Loran Scholars Foundation, National ScholarshipSchulich Leader Scholarship or U of T Scholar. This means that the scholarship offer that is of higher value will replace the scholarship of lower value.

Please note that the U of T Scholar admission award is not tenable with the following admission scholarships:  Arbor Scholarship, C. David Naylor University Scholarship, Humanities Excellence Admission Scholarship, Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, Loran Scholars Foundation, National Scholarship, President’s Scholar of Excellence or Schulich Leader Scholarship. This means that the scholarship offer that is of higher value will replace the scholarship of lower value.

Yes. You may defer your admission award for one (1) year as long as you meet all the conditions of your admission and you are not continuing your education during the year in which you defer.  Admitted applicants should refer to the admission deferral request form and additional information in the Apply section of our website.

Your award payment will be applied to your U of T student account. Unless specified, the award amount will be applied to fees owing on your student account. If there is a balance remaining, it may be refunded to you. An award refund, if any, will be deposited into your bank account via direct deposit.

For admission awards, the award payment is conditional on full-time registration at the Faculty/ Division that is making the award offer. The award payment will be applied towards your fees in your student account (ACORN) once your full-time enrolment is confirmed in late September to early October. After deduction of outstanding fees, any balance remaining will be issued by direct deposit.

Once your payment is processed, you will be able to view your award payment details on ACORN, under My Awards. 

If you have not already done so, please set up direct deposit on ACORN.

In most cases yes, dropping to part time study will affect your eligibility for admission scholarships. Students who withdraw from study or drop to part time may be required to repay all or part of their award.  Students who wish to appeal the award condition based on unforeseen or special circumstances may do so in writing to the office or division which offered the award. The scholarship committee will review the appeal and determine if special consideration is warranted.

Please read about your financial aid options. If you plan to apply for government financial aid, you should do so as soon as possible.

You should report any award or scholarship funding you are expecting to OSAP when you complete your application.  If you find out about an award after you have applied for OSAP, upload a letter in the “Print/Upload” section of your account on the the OSAP website to update them.  Your OSAP application will be updated and you will be notified of any changes in your funding  Contact Financial Aid & Awards, Enrolment Services with any questions.

As a Canadian citizen living abroad you will be considered automatically for merit-based awards.  The majority of our scholarship funding is awarded through these automatic awards.  As a Canadian citizen you may be eligible for need-based financial aid through your home province (your last province of residence).  If you have never lived in Canada, your financial aid home is the last province where your Canadian parent lived.  

Congratulations on being offered admission to the University of Toronto! Scholarship offers may usually sent after the admission offer, under a separate cover.  There are many factors that can affect the timing of a scholarship offer; the vast majority of offers, including central scholarships, are awarded by the end of May. 

Unless otherwise noted in the terms of your award, your academic status must remain “in good standing” as defined by your Faculty/ Division.

In Enrolment Services, we work directly with undergraduate programs.  If you are looking to enrol in a graduate program, please direct your questions to the School of Graduate Studies.  

External Awards are awarded by external organizations to currently registered University of Toronto students.

The award amount must be sent as an electronic funds transfer (ETF) to University of Toronto. The awarding organization must contact the awards team directly (at awards.uoft@utoronto.ca) for the external award banking information. We are unable to share the banking details with students.

In exceptional cases, we will accept a cheque payable to the University of Toronto. The recipient’s full name and U of T Student Number must be clearly recorded on the cheque. The external organization must also include a letter with more detail about the purpose of the funds. As the processing of cheques involve multiple offices, it may take 4-6 weeks to process cheques.

The following process applies for External Awards:

  • The external organization selects the recipient and sends the award amount directly to University of Toronto with the award details. If a tuition invoice is required, the student must send their tuition invoice on ACORN directly to the external organization.
  • Once the recipient’s registration is confirmed at U of T, the award amount is first applied towards the student’s fees. If there is a balance remaining, it is automatically refunded to the student. The excess is not transferred back to the external organization since the full award amount is intended to support the student’s studies at U of T.
  • The student can view the award details on ACORN, under My Awards.
  • U of T will issue a T4A Slip for all external awards processed by U of T.

External Awards are treated differently from Third Party Sponsor Payments.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations require the University to issue T4A slips for all award (scholarships, grants/ bursaries) disbursed to students. Please refer to the CRA website for information regarding scholarship exemptions.

Please be advised that the University of Toronto will issue T4A Slip for all payments of external awards (3rd party) paid to students at the end of the year.


Interested in learning more about the admission awards in the sections above? You can find more detailed information using the Award Explorer.