International Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships

Per year, in U.S. Dollars*

Orientation Fee (one-time fee)$425$425$425
Books & Supplies (approx.)$1,500$1,500$1,500
Housing & Food (approx.)$13,160-$13,030
Mandatory Health Insurance (approx.) $2,233$2,233$2,233
Total Cost (approx.)$50,038$36,878$49,908

*Subject to change

All international applicants must submit proof of their ability to meet all educational and living expenses for one year of study.

Canisius does not award full-tuition scholarships.

We do not currently offer need-based aid to international students. We encourage all students to explore aid opportunities through outside scholarships, government programs, sponsorships, etc. 

International students will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships upon review for admission. Merit scholarships are based on academic performance, standardized test scores, recommendations and other evidence of merit. 

First-Year International Merit Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on your three-year cumulative high school average; freshman through junior year (or first three years of secondary school), on the United States grading scale. Our merit scholarships are renewable for four years. If you qualify for an academic scholarship, you will be notified electronically.

International Ignatian Scholarship

Canisius University proudly offers the International Ignatian Scholarship to outstanding international students. This scholarship recognizes academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to campus life.

Scholarship Details

  • Award: $18,000 per year

  • Renewable for up to four years

  • Requires full-time enrollment and on-campus residency

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal


  • First-time freshmen entering Canisius University for Fall 2024 only

Selection Criteria

  • Academic merit

  • Financial need

  • Commitment to on-campus living

  • Completeness of application materials

Maintaining the Scholarship

  • Remain a full-time student

  • Live on campus throughout the scholarship period

  • Participate in academic and extracurricular activities

Application Process

  • Submit a complete application for admission by the Fall 2024 deadline.

  • After applying, complete the Certification of Finance form and submit the required documents online.

Renewal Process

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Remain enrolled full-time and live on campus

  • Renewal notification will be sent before each academic year

Appeals Process

  • Students who fall below the GPA requirement may appeal the scholarship loss in writing within 30 days of notification.

  • The scholarship committee will review appeals on a case-by-case basis.

Please Note

The terms and conditions of this scholarship are subject to change at the discretion of Canisius University.

International Transfer Merit Scholarships

Students who are accepted for transfer admission to Canisius are automatically evaluated for an academic merit scholarship. Transfer scholarships are based on your college GPA on the United States grading scale. If you qualify for an academic scholarship, you will be notified electronically.

Specialized Scholarships

In addition to the merit scholarships offered to prospective students in the 2023-2024 academic year, Canisius University has continued its commitment to affordable education with scholarship awards for students with special interests, including our MLK Scholarship, Music Scholarship, and Art Scholarship.

Canadian Students

Canisius’ location in Buffalo, New York means we are in close proximity to Ontario, Canada and the Greater Toronto Area. Students from Ontario are the third highest population of students here. Canisius participates in the following programs:

  • OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program
  • Canadian Aid Form 

Please visit our Canadian Page for more information.