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.
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.
The University is aware of the Divisional Court’s decision regarding the Student Choice Initiative. While we evaluate the technical impact of this decision, 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:
In January 2019, the Government of Ontario announced a new Ancillary Fee Classification Framework, which included a “Student Choice Initiative” that requires opt-out provisions for non-tuition student fees. At the end of March 2019, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines for Publicly-Assisted Universities were released. The Guidelines identify categories of fees considered essential, and therefore compulsory. The categories of compulsory fees are:
All other non-tuition incidental fees are therefore non-essential and must be optional.
Opting out of any program or service may limit your access to that program or service. Previously, these fees were compulsory, with a few exceptions. Fall 2019 is the first term in which some fees will be optional; therefore, the full impact on services and programs is not yet known. It is important to read the information provided regarding the fees before choosing to opt out.
We are giving more opportunities to students to support services and programs as well as change their selection of fees. We want students to have the choice on a per-term basis.
Winter term fees will be shown on your invoice; however, the invoice will change if and when you opt-out of optional fees for the winter term. The winter opt-out period will run from November 1, 2019 to January 20, 2020.
The health and dental plan fees were established through referenda in which students were asked to support collection of the compulsory fees.
Refunds for health and dental insurance are managed by the student societies and are available within limited time periods. For more information, please contact your society:
Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS)
Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)
University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU)
University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)
University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU)
The opt-out portal is available to all registered students who pay their fees on ACORN and are assessed incidental fees. Students in residence may use StarRez to opt out of residence society fees.
No, changes may not be made for the fall term after September 19. Students will have an opportunity to change selections in the winter term. The winter opt-out period will run from November 1, 2019 to January 20, 2020.
You will have an opportunity to review the incidental fees and make changes for winter term. The winter opt-out period will run from November 1, 2019 to January 20, 2020.
All students registered in the Faculty of Arts & Science are initially charged the program fee (which includes full-time incidental fees) by default. Once your registration status is changed to part-time, the part-time incidental fees will appear in ACORN after you have your tuition reassessed from program fees to per-course fees. If you have already made opt-out decisions based on full-time incidental fees, you will be able to make opt-out decisions regarding part-time incidental fees once your registration status has changed. More information about how your fees are assessed, and how to change from program fees to per-course fees, is available at: https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/faculty-registrar/fees#fees-and-refunds-accordion-3.
If your registration status changes after September 19, please contact your registrar.
First-year Innis, St. Michael’s, Trinity, and Victoria College students will be able to opt out of orientation only, prior to selecting any other opt-outs. However, if opt-out selections are made for any other fees at the same time that the orientation selection is made, this will be recorded as the final opt-out selection for the term.
The Government of Ontario’s Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines for Publicly-Assisted Universities outlines the categories of fees all student must pay. The essential (or mandatory) categories are as follows:
Check your account on the ACORN Student Web Services site if you are not certain which fees you have been assessed.
Ministry guidelines specify which categories of fees are mandatory and which are optional. Within this framework, the University worked with all student societies (organizations on whose behalf the University collects funds) and student services to determine all of the services and programs they offer. Many of the services and programs established were in direct response to requests by students and vary by campus, student status, faculty, college, and program.
The University of Toronto has over forty student societies that provide a range of services and programs, as well as a range of student services provided by the University on each campus. The University worked with all student societies (organizations on whose behalf the University collects funds) and student services to determine all of the services and programs they offer.
Contact email@example.com. Please note that your questions may be shared with the University service or student society associated with any specific 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.
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.