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Fees: Non-Academic Incidental

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This page provides information and links regarding Non-Academic Incidental Fees – applicable policies, regulations and relevant approval processes – at the University of Toronto.

For specific information regarding the payment of tuition and other fees, including incidental fees, please visit Student Accounts.

Tuition Fee Schedules are approved annually by the Governing Council and are available on the U of T Planning and Budget website. Tuition Fee rates for each year are effective May 1.

Go to Ancillary Fees page.

What are Non-Academic Incidental Fees?

Non-Academic Incidental Fees (or Incidental Fees) are amounts charged in addition to tuition which cover the costs of services and programs not otherwise funded.

These fees support services and programs that contribute to the student experience and student wellbeing and include fees for University-operated student services (such as campus Career Centres and Hart House).

This term also refers to fees collected on behalf of student societies (such as the New College Students’ Council (NCSC) or the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS)). Student societies provide services to students and membership in a student society is tied to students’ registration.

Students registered in the School of Continuing Studies are not charged non-academic incidental fees, and therefore do not have access to the University services or student society programs and services.

Government of Ontario's Student Choice Initiative

The University is aware of the Divisional Court’s decision regarding the Student Choice Initiative. Access to the Incidental Fees portal has been suspended. This message will be updated as additional information becomes available.

The Ontario Government’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has defined what may be charged as a mandatory (or compulsory) incidental fee. All other fees are defined as optional and students may choose to opt out of those fees. The University encourages your support of its services and student societies. It is important to read the information provided regarding the fees before choosing to opt out. Opting out of any program or service may limit your access to that program or service.

What you need to know:

  • Opt-out choices will be available on ACORN. No action is required if you do not wish to opt out of your optional incidental fees.
  • The opt-out period for the fall term is July 15, 2019 to September 19, 2019. Once you press the “Confirm & Submit Fee Selections” button, your selections will be saved and reflected on your student account. You will not be able to make changes.
  • The deadline to opt out of orientation fees for Innis College, St. Michael’s College, Trinity College and Victoria College is August 19, 2019.
  • If your fall-winter tuition fees have been billed and you opt out of optional incidental fees, those fees will immediately be reversed on your ACORN fall-winter invoice. Otherwise, any opt-outs will be reversed on your ACORN fall-winter invoice as soon as your fall-winter tuition fees have been billed.
  • Students who will be living in a U of T residence during this academic year may log into StarRez to opt out of residence society fees.

FAQ's About Non-Academic Incidental Fees
Policies Governing Non-Academic Incidental Fees

The establishment of, or increases to, fees that fund University operated student services (including those managed by a division of the University) are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in:

Changes to student society fees (including portions of fees that are designated for specific purposes) are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Policy for Compulsory Non-Academic Incidental Fees, the Handbook for Student Societies, and the societies’ own constitutions and/or by-laws.

Report and Analysis of Compulsory Non-Academic Incidental Fees

This report is an inventory of all compulsory non-academic incidental fees (and designated portions thereof) approved by the University Affairs Board and charged by the University. Similar fees charged by the federated universities are included for reference.

For a complete listing of previous Compulsory Non-Academic Incidental Fee Reports Fee see Reports & Consultations page on this website.