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Ancillary fees 2019-2020

Being a member of our university community is more than just about attending classes. 

Ancillary fees are used to provide important services and resources on campus for students. These fees are charged alongside your tuition on your student account. All ancillary fees are approved by both the Ontario Tech Student Union and the Board of Governors. Some fees are also voted on by the student body, including your U-Pass and gym membership.

All students pay ancillary fees to enable access to services at a lower cost than would be possible on an individual basis. We understand that you may not use all of the available services, and we encourage you to make use of services that you feel will enrich your student experience.

Your student account is charged by the semester and broken down per course you register in. Ancillary fees are charged per credit hour every semester.

Ancillary fees I can opt out of

  • Fees charged to full-time and part-time students

    The following select fees go to the Ontario Tech Student Union and are used to provide programming and resources to enrich the student experience. The total amount of select fees a full-time student can opt out of per term (not including Health and Dental Insurance) is approximately $31.21 depending on your program of study.

    Name Description Detail Fee per year Full-time term Part-time term
    Student Representation and Leadership Representation and leadership for students at the university to improve the overall student experience and provide oversight of essential student services.   $8.90 $4.45 $1.78
    World University Services of Canada Student refugee program that sponsors a student refugee and covers their living expenses during their first two years of undergraduate study.   $2.70 $1.35 $0.54
    Campus Clubs Campus clubs that provide events and activities for students based on their interests, including informational, philanthropic, educational, religious, cultural and social purposes.   $4.80 $2.40 $0.96
    Student Societies Student societies that operate within each Faculty and provide events and programming to enrich the academic, educational and social experience of students. Not charged to Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, or Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science students $3.28 $1.64 $0.66
    Campus Life and Events Campus life programming aimed at building a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming student culture, including large campus events, cultural celebrations and other social programming. $11.18 $5.59 $2.24

    Student Society Fee – Faculty of Business and Information Technology

    Membership fee for the student society in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology that provides a variety of student-related services and events that are exclusive to their members. Societies provide members an opportunity to network, socialize and enhance their postsecondary experience. Faculty of Business and Information Technology students only $13.28 $6.64 $2.66

    Student Society Fee – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science/Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

    Membership fee for the student society in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science that provides a variety of student-related services and events that are exclusive to their members. Societies provide members an opportunity to network, socialize and enhance their postsecondary experience. Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science/Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science students only $18.28 $9.14 $3.66

    Please note: Full-time fees are based on registration in  9 credit hours or more. Part-time fees are based on registration in 6 credit hours or less.

  • Health and Dental Insurance - charged once per year to full-time students only
    Name Description Health Dental Health and dental
    Health and Dental – fall start only Health and dental plan that provides coverage to supplement the provincial health plan. This includes prescription, dental, vision, travel and more. $145.86 $104.46 $250.32
    Health and Dental – winter start only $97.24 $104.46 $201.70
    Health and Dental – summer start only $48.62 $104.46 $153.08

    Important note: This fee is charged once per academic year to full-time students only. You have the ability to opt out of a portion of this fee by providing proof of preexisting coverage. This opt-out works differently from other fees on your tuition account. Find out more about the opt-out process


Mandatory ancillary fees

  • Fees charged to full-time and part-time students
    Name Description Detail Fee per year Full-time term Part-time term 
    Career Readiness Career services and supports that help students plan for their careers during their studies and successfully transition to work or further education. Services include career-counselling, specialist and peer advising, workshops, job portal, employer recruitment and other campus events.   $68.64 $34.32 $13.73
    Student Engagement Engagement programming and resources that help students adjust to university life and enrich their student experience throughout their studies. Programs include orientation, peer leader program, equity awareness and education, and special events throughout the year.   $67.34 $33.67 $13.47
    Student Learning Learning services and resources that strengthen students’ academic skills and promote success in writing, mathematics, science and engineering, and English as another language. Services include peer tutoring, facilitated study sessions, specialist support, workshops and special events.   $115.92 $57.96 $23.18
    Health Services (general) Health services that provide student access to medical care on campus. Services include medical clinic, naturopathic, chiropractic and physiotherapy services, a pharmacy and a part-time psychiatrist.   $26.22 $13.11 $5.24
    Mental Health Services Mental health services that help all students manage the pressures of university life. Services include professional, short-term counselling and therapy services, support groups, self-help tools and resources, and referrals to community supports and services.   $65.42 $32.71 $13.08
    Health and Wellness Health and wellness programs and activities that promote positive health and well-being through campus events and activities. Programs include such topics as consent and sexual violence prevention, smoking and cannabis harm reduction, addiction awareness, physical activity, nutrition and stress management.   $14.96 $7.48 $2.99
    Sport and Recreation Recreation programs and facilities that support students' engagement in sports and fitness activities. Facilities include state of the art recreation and fitness facilities, including exercise and fitness centre, five gymnasiums, a 200-metre indoor track, aerobic/dance studios, ice rinks, field house, fastball diamond, and soccer/lacrosse turf field.   $79.18 $39.59 $15.84
    Intramural Sports Intramural sports programs that enable students to participate in campus teams in badminton, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floorball hockey, ice hockey, volleyball and soccer.   $10.54 $5.27 $2.11
    Campus Access General student overhead for online student supports such as "avoid the line" Q-nomy registration, copyright compliance, security monitoring and Code Blue stations.   $74.70 $37.35 $14.94
    Campus Open Access Open access to campus buildings and facilities that enable students to study and collaborate on a 24/7 basis, including security services.   $33.08 $16.54 $6.62
    Campus Safety Campus safety programs that provide student access to 24/7 supports, including a Campus Walk program and Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT), a student first-aid response team.   $9.64 $4.82 $1.93
    Student ID Student identification services that provides students with a multi-year smart card that can be used for a variety of services on and off campus, including access to recreation and sports facilities, tests and exams, health plan and meal plans, the library and local transit.   $18.74 $9.37 $3.75
    Convocation Registrarial services that document student achievement, such as the production of parchments and transcripts, as well as convocation.   $6.62 $3.31 $1.32
    Infrastructure Enhancements Space and facility improvements to services and spaces for students including renovations, furniture replacements, network upgrades and other space enhancements. Not including students in online programs $116.74 $58.37 $23.35
    Study and Activity Spaces Support for spaces and facilities that enable students to collaborate and study in groups, including networks, maintenance and utilities.   $34.02 $17.01 $6.80
    Printer Services Printer services that enable students to print assignments key locations on campus. Not including students in online programs $26.20 $13.10 $5.24
    Instructional Resource Instructional resources that provide academic support for students.   $115.22 $57.61 $23.04
    Community & Social Programming Programming that provides cultural, recreational, health promotion and career-oriented networking opportunities and resources.   $10.64 $5.32 $2.13
    Wellness and Support Services Wellness and support services that focus on student equity and wellbeing, including advocacy services and healthy sexuality resources.   $11.20 $5.60 $2.24
    Georgian Engagement Services

    Support services and activities distinct from academic programming for students registered in the Collaborative Nursing program. Resources that help enrich their student experience throughout their studies no matter the location. More information can be found on Georgian's website.

    Post-RPN Georgian students only $200.33 $100.16 $40.06

    Please note: Full-time fees are based on registration in  9 credit hours or more. Part-time fees are based on registration in 6 credit hours or less.

  • Fees charged per semester to full-time students only
    Name Description Detail Fee per year Fee per term
    U-Pass Student transit pass that provides low-cost, unlimited travel on Durham Region Transit and OneFare DRT-GO Transit routes. Not including students in online programs $278 $139
    Benefit Plan Coordination Co-ordinates the student health and dental plan, including the negotiation and management of the plan and opt-out processes.   $23.86 $11.93
    USU Building USU space that houses programs and services for students, maintenance, capital refresh and operating costs.   $98.89 $49.45
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre Supports the financing for the construction, expansion and improvement of sports facilities on campus and ensures effective maintenance and operation of the facility. Not including Post-RPN Georgian students $174.12 $87.06
    Varsity Sports Ridgeback varsity teams compete provincially, nationally and internationally and enrich the overall student experience. Programming includes a free season pass to all home games, promotions and giveaways, pep rallies/campus activities and web streaming for fans, as well as high-performance coaching, uniforms and equipment, and travel to away games for student-athletes.   $77.20 $38.60
  • Technology-enriched Learning - charged once per year to full-time and part-time students

    This fee covers course-specific software, software support and exam support.

    Name Detail Fee per year
    Faculty of Business and Information Technology Not including Game Development and Entrepreneurship students $151.07
    Faculty of Business and Information Technology – Game Development and Entrepreneurship students Students in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship program only $478
    Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – Year 1 students Year 1 students only $231
    Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – upper-year students Upper-year students only $766.28
    Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science $221
    Faculty of Science $180.13
    Faculty of Health Sciences Not including students in online programs $157.86
    Faculty of Social Science and Humanities $130.69
    Faculty of Education Year 1 students only $194.88
  • International Health Insurance - charged per year to full-time students only
    Name Description Detail Fee per year
    International Health Insurance - fall start only Health insurance plan for international students at the university. International students only $672
    International Health Insurance - winter start only International students only $448
    International Health Insurance - summer start only International students only $224

Important note: Fees are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the fees listed on this page are accurate. In the event of an inconsistency between the fees published here and those approved by the Board of Governors and/or administration, the latter shall prevail.

No ancillary fees will be refunded after the first 10 working days in any semester.