Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Fees 

The University of Waterloo assesses the student fees on behalf of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and transfers the funds to the Association for disbursement. Payment of mandatory fees is a requirement of registration. You are able to opt out of optional fees during the Quest fee payment period only. Refunds will not be issued, with the exception of extenuating circumstances as determined by your VP Operations & Finance, Seneca Velling. The University of Waterloo assesses the student fees on behalf of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and transfers the funds to the Association for disbursement. Payment of mandatory fees is a requirement of registration.

See Changes to Your Fees for more information on updates that affect your OSAP, tuition, and ancillary fees.

Please note: Part-time students pay only 30% of the full-time rate on both optional and mandatory WUSA Operating Fees and will only be charged some WUSA Administered Fund fees (i.e., Legal Protection Service and the Student Refugee Program).

Optional WUSA Fees

Each of these fees go toward enhancing your student experience or representing your voice in University and Governmental decision-making during your time at UWaterloo, like fun events, clubs, services, and advocacy efforts that provide student support when and where you need it. Please see each description for more details about everything you get for the price of that fee.

Optional WUSA Fees

 
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
WUSA Events
Fall $5.58
Winter$5.58
Spring$5.58
 DetailsWUSA Events

WUSA events provide opportunities to make friends, have fun, and improve mental health. This fee supports events run by the undergraduate student association, including but not limited to:

  • termly transition activities such as Welcome Week and Fall Carnival
  • free food events like Warrior Breakfast
  • cultural events like Cultural Caravan
  • social and networking events
  • and recreational events like Warriors on Ice.

If you choose to opt out of this fee:

  • You will no longer have access to attend WUSA run special events
Fall
$5.58
Winter
$5.58
Spring
$5.58
WUSA Student-Run Services
Fall $2.15
Winter$2.15
Spring$2.15
 DetailsWUSA Student-Run Services

WUSA student-run services provide positive community-building, and social opportunities for students on and off campus. This fee supports student-run services including:

  • the Bike Centre
  • International and Canadian Student Network (ICSN)
  • Co-op Connection
  • Off-Campus Community
  • and Sustainable Campus Initiative.

If you choose to opt out of this fee:

  • You will not be able to access the above services, or may have to pay additional funds for use of services (e.g. paying for bike repair)
  • You will not be able to apply for Executive or Coordinator roles associated with the above services.
Fall
$2.15
Winter
$2.15
Spring
$2.15
WUSA Clubs Funding
Fall $2.51
Winter$2.51
Spring$2.51
 DetailsWUSA Clubs Funding

WUSA clubs provide a sense of community and belonging on campus; hundreds of opportunities to get involved; opportunities to build relationships; athletic and recreational activities; career, professional, and skills development; and leadership opportunities. This fee supports over 250 clubs operated by your undergraduate student association.

If you choose to opt out of this fee:

  • Your club may have reduced access to general resources (e.g. club lockers) and marketing support.
  • You will not be able to start any WUSA clubs
  • You will not be eligible to be a club Exec Member
Fall
$2.51
Winter
$2.51
Spring
$2.51
WUSA University Advocacy
Fall $3.40
Winter$3.40
Spring$3.40
 DetailsWUSA Advocacy – University

WUSA advocacy ensures student voices are heard by decision-makers at the University of Waterloo to support and enhance the undergraduate student experience by championing mental health, academic petitions, bursaries and scholarships, tuition, housing, and other critical issues. This fee also supports student advocacy leadership and job positions including the student associations Executives, Students’ Council, Academic Affairs Commissioner, and Experiential & Co-op Affairs Commissioner.

If you choose to opt out of this fee:

  • By opting out of WUSA University advocacy efforts there could be implications on the resources we will have to hire student advocacy roles, to bring issues affecting students to University leadership, and to facilitate other advocacy awareness and lobbying activities.
  • You will not be eligible to become a Experiential & Co-op Affairs Commissioner or an Academic Affairs Commissioner.
Fall
$3.40
Winter
$3.40
Spring
$3.40
WUSA Government Advocacy
Fall $6.46
Winter$6.46
Spring$6.46
 DetailsWUSA Advocacy Government

WUSA government advocacy ensures student voices are heard by decision-makers at local, provincial, and federal governments to ensure education is accessible, affordable, and of the highest quality for all students. This fee also supports research-based recommendations to government on subjects from tuition and OSAP to transit and housing. It also supports student advocacy leadership and job positions including the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Executives, Municipal Affairs Commissioner, and Provincial & Federal Affairs Commissioner.

If you choose to opt out of this fee:

  • By opting out of WUSA government advocacy efforts there could be implications on the resources we will have to be members of provincial and national advocacy organizations, to hire student advocacy roles, to bring issues affecting students to every level of government and to facilitate other advocacy awareness and lobbying activities.
  • You will not be eligible to become a Municipal Affairs Commissioner or Provincial & Federal Affairs Commissioner.
Fall
$6.46
Winter
$6.46
Spring
$6.46
Total Non-Essential Fee:
Fall $20.10
Winter$20.10
Spring$20.10

Note: Fees are subject to HST, where applicable.
*If you’d like to opt back in to an Optional WUSA fee, you can do so any time at WUSA Main Office (SLC Room 1116), with the addition of a late payment surcharge.

Optional Society Fees

Societies are the bridge between your faculty and your student association, where you can meet new friends in your faculty, take part in fun, faculty-specific events and initiatives, and receive support. Societies are also your faculty level student government, representing and advocating for you on issues specific to your faculty!

Optional Society Fees

 
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
MathSoc
Fall $12.25
Winter$12.25
Spring$12.25
 DetailsMathSoc

Paying the MathSoc fee empowers and allows you to use operational services such as: the exam bank, the MathSoc office (printing, photocopying, other stationery needs, board games, and more), MC Lockers, and community events like Movie Nights, Pi Day, Party with Profs, Destress with Puppies, etc. It also funds and allows you to join MathSoc Clubs like ActSci Club, Data Science Club, and others. Further, 16% of the fee goes to our Capital Improvement Fund which makes lasting improvements to student space such as additions and maintenance for our Coffee & Donuts Shop and the Comfy Lounge.

Fall
$12.25
Winter
$12.25
Spring
$12.25
EngSoc
Fall $16.75
Winter$16.75
Spring$16.75
 DetailsEngSoc

The Engineering Society exists to promote a positive undergraduate experience among its members through representation of student opinion as well as support of academic, professional and social needs. This fee provides students with access to services such as the exam bank, resume critiques, academic workshops and mental health resources. It also helps operate the Engineering Society office and Coffee and Donut shops. Engineering Society also sponsors student design teams and runs many social events, as well as support for first year students through events and mentorship.

Fall
$16.75
Winter
$16.75
Spring
$16.75
St. Jerome’s University Student Union
Fall $10.00
Winter$10.00
Spring$10.00
 DetailsSt. Jerome’s University Student Union

The St. Jerome's Students' Union fee enables Students’ Union to advocate on behalf of students and represent the needs of the community on various St. Jerome's' and University of Waterloo committees. The fee gives students access to resources and events organized by Students' Union, allows students to pay a decreased price for events such as the annual Green and Gold Gala, and enables the Union to work to improve the student experience at St. Jerome's, which includes organizing initiatives relating to student mental health and wellness, sustainability, food services, academics, and more.

Fall
$10.00
Winter
$10.00
Spring
$10.00
ESS
Fall $12.50
Winter$12.50
Spring$12.50
 DetailsESS

The Environment Student Society (ESS) promotes the interest and well-being of all undergraduate students within the environment faculty. ESS provides a source of communication between the students and the administration as well as continuously promoting opportunities for students to grow and develop their skills as well as interests. ESS works with the administration to initiate an encouraging and supportive atmosphere with academic and social events in order to build a strong and welcoming community within the faculty.

Fall
$12.50
Winter
$12.50
Spring
$12.50
SciSoc
Fall $15.00
Winter$15.00
Spring$15.00
 DetailsSciSoc

By opting out of this fee, you will not be able to participate in Science Society (SciSoc) events and activities, participate in SciSoc elections, or apply to be a SciSoc coordinator. SciSoc is the Faculty of Science student government that supports you at UWaterloo. SciSoc members enjoy events and services for professional and personal development, as well as academic and social events like: Career Workshops, Midterm Giveaways, Wellness Days, and Dog Therapy. SciSoc members also benefit from discounted prices at: Wonderland, Christmas Market, Halloween Haunt, Sciball, Scichella, and Gradball.

Fall
$15.00
Winter
$15.00
Spring
$15.00
AFSA
Fall $30.00
Winter$30.00
Spring$30.00
 DetailsAFSA

The Accounting and Finance Student Association (AFSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to enriching the experiences of Accounting and Finance students. AFSA organizes numerous social events, professional development seminars, and academic review sessions. AFSA offers up to 80% in subsidies for conference fees and travel expenses through its Goes for Gold program. Opting out of the AFSA fee revokes the student's admittance for all AFSA events and services (including eligibility for subsidies such as all conference subsidies and the Grad Ball discount).

Fall
$30.00
Winter
$30.00
Spring
$30.00
SoPhS
Fall $35.00
Winter$35.00
Spring$35.00
 DetailsSociety of Pharmacy Students

The Society of Pharmacy Students (SOPhS) is a student-led organization committed to enriching the experience of its members during their time in Pharmacy School. SOPhS provides students with social, athletic and educational events aimed at enriching the students’ non-academic lives. SOPhS oversees all student clubs in Pharmacy School, and also acts as the liaison between the student body and faculty. This fee will go directly to supporting SOPhS and other SOPhS related clubs at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.

Fall
$35.00
Winter
$35.00
Spring
$35.00
AHSUM
Fall $5.00
Winter$5.00
Spring$5.00
 DetailsAHSUM

Contributing a small part to the Applied Health Sciences Society (AHSUM) allows others and yourself to take part in governance and become a stronger knit family through events and services. AHSUM offers multiple events including Pints and Pops with Profs, Shantz Farm, Therapy Dogs, Semi-Formal and many more while providing services such as exam banks, snacks, and swag in our newly furnished lounge and fishbowl. With your support, we will continue to have a shared open space for all Applied Health Sciences undergraduate members to be welcomed in and feel accepted and to communicate with others.

Fall
$5.00
Winter
$5.00
Spring
$5.00
ASU
Fall $10.00
Winter$10.00
Spring$10.00
 DetailsASU

The Arts Student Union (ASU) is the representative for Arts undergraduate students, overseeing 20+ departmental societies within the Faculty of Arts. We host a variety of events, such as Midterm De-stress with the AUO, breakfast giveaways, and our annual trip to Halloween Haunt. Each departmental society hosts events geared toward their students, enhancing their studies and overall university experience. The ASU fee allows the Arts Student Union and the departmental societies to organize events for students to come together, fostering a sense of community at the university.

Fall
$10.00
Winter
$10.00
Spring
$10.00
GBDA
Fall Part of ASU fee, but directed to GBDA
WinterPart of ASU fee, but directed to GBDA
SpringPart of ASU fee, but directed to GBDA
 DetailsGBDA

The Global Business Digital Arts Society student fee is used to help the student society in creating student-centred experiences that support the growth of the GBDA community. It is applied by financing various events around both Waterloo and Stratford with a focus on increasing student involvement. It also plays a large role in supporting student initiatives that start in Stratford and aim to better the overall student experience at a satellite campus.

Fall
Part of ASU fee, but directed to GBDA
Winter
Part of ASU fee, but directed to GBDA
Spring
Part of ASU fee, but directed to GBDA
UWOSS
Fall $15.00
Winter15.00
Spring15.00
 DetailsUWOSS

The University of Waterloo Optometry Student Society (UWOSS) is a student-run organization that represents the opinion and interests of the Optometry student body. UWOSS serves as a liaison between the Optometry students and main campus organizations and faculty members within the school. UWOSS also sponsors a number of social events, including: a Slo-pitch tournament, the "EyeScream" Halloween Party, the “EyeBall” Optometry Formal, the legendary Optometry “Corneal Cup” hockey tournament, and Optometry's Skit Night.

Fall
15.00
Winter
15.00
Spring
15.00
RASC
Fall $5.00
Winter$5.00
SpringN/A
 DetailsRenison

The Renison Academic Council fee supports the work of student governments at Renison University College. Both the Renison Academic Student Council and Bachelor of Social Work Executive Council work to advocate for the needs of students, and enhance their academic and social experience while at university. These student-run councils represent the interests of students across Renison on various committees. In addition, they fundraise, organize events, work within the community, and advocate for students at Renison.

Fall
$5.00
Winter
$5.00
Spring
N/A
WASA
Fall $16.75
Winter$16.75
Spring$16.75

Details regarding WASA coming soon.

Fall
$16.75
Winter
$16.75
Spring
$16.75
Weighted Average Optional Termly Society Fee
Fall $15.22
Winter$15.22
Spring$15.22

Note: Fees are subject to HST, where applicable.

WUSA Mandatory Fees

Each of these fees go toward providing student supports, health and wellness initiatives, equity services, campus safety, facility maintenance of the Student Life Centre, and legally-required costs such as insurance for student spaces or an independent public audit. Please see each fee for more details.

WUSA Mandatory Fees

 
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
WUSA Corporations Act Fee
Fall $20.16
Winter$20.16
Spring$20.16
 DetailsWUSA Corporations Act Fee

The undergraduate student association is required as a non-profit to be in line with the Ontario Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990. This fee includes the costs for the items necessary for compliance and the overhead associated with their administration.

What's included:

  • Audit, Legal, and Insurance Costs
  • Board of Directors
  • Elections
  • General Meetings
Fall
$20.16
Winter
$20.16
Spring
$20.16
WUSA Academic Support
Fall $3.26
Winter$3.26
Spring$3.26
 DetailsWUSA Academic Support

This fee ensures the student association can continue to: provide support for students with academic grievances, discipline, petitions, and appeals; provide student representation on academic disciplinary bodies for co-op and regular academic matters; advocate and advise on student safety on campus; negotiate essential student transit pass programs.

What's included:

  • Co-op Affairs Commissioner, Academic Affairs Commissioner, Centre for Academic Policy Support
  • Portions of the VP Education and Municipal Affairs Commissioner portfolios
Fall
$3.26
Winter
$3.26
Spring
$3.26
WUSA Health and Safety
Fall $17.72
Winter$17.72
Spring$17.72
 DetailsWUSA Health and Safety

This fee goes toward providing: peer-to-peer counselling to undergraduate students; improvements to campus safety; food, toiletries, and other necessities to food-insecure students; safe spaces for marginalized students; programming that supports and fosters mental health and wellness on campus; and a dedicated role that focuses on creating an equitable campus experience for students.

What's included:

  • Equity-Seeking Student-Run Services (Glow Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity; Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity; The Women’s Centre)
  • Student Wellness Services (Student Food Bank; MATES)
  • Equity Commissioner
  • Campus Safety Service (Campus Response Team)
  • Wellness Days Programming
  • Portions of the Municipal Affairs Commissioner portfolio
Fall
$17.72
Winter
$17.72
Spring
$17.72
Student Life Centre Facilities
Fall $2.22
Winter$2.22
Spring$2.22
 DetailsStudent Life Centre Facilities

This fee goes toward the operation and management of the Student Life Centre, the hub of student life activity on campus.

What's included:

  • Costs associated with running and maintaining the Student Life Centre
Fall
$2.22
Winter
$2.22
Spring
$2.22
Total Essential Fee:
Fall $43.36
Winter$43.36
Spring$43.36

Note: Fees are subject to HST, where applicable.

WUSA Administered Funds

The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Administered Funds are a suite of fees some of which are compulsory upon registration. Refunds are available for some dependent on proof of equivalent coverage. These fees are the following:

Optional Fees

 
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
* Student Refugee Program (SRP)
Fall $1.03
Winter$4.95
Spring$4.95
 DetailsStudent Refugee Program

This fee sponsors eligible students from refugee camps abroad to continue their studies and improve their lives at the University of Waterloo. The fee levy covers all of the student's academic and living expenses for two years. With the support of UWaterloo and its affiliated colleges, the students are able to live on residence, receive meal plans and other services. This program is provided through the undergraduate student association.

Fall
$1.03
Winter
$4.95
Spring
$4.95
* Legal Protection Service

Fall Regular $9.56
Co-op $17.94

WinterRegular $19.14
Co-op $17.94

SpringCo-op $17.94
 DetailsLegal Protection Service

This fee provides students with access to legal representation for housing, employment, and academic discipline disputes, in addition to a legal hotline that can be used to seek legal information pertaining to any area of the law by an accredited law firm. This service is provided by the undergraduate student association. This group discount program is not comparable to other market products, as it far exceeds coverage and support, but saves students hundreds to thousands of dollars annual depending on legal support required.

If you choose to opt out of this fee:

You will lose access to the Legal Protection Program, which includes a toll-free legal assistance hotline on any legal questions or area students might have questions about, and access to a lawyer that will represent you on proceedings related to the following areas of law: housing/tenancy, employment/contract law/labour law, and academic rights.

Fall

Regular $9.56
Co-op $17.94

Winter

Regular $19.14
Co-op $17.94

Spring
Co-op $17.94
Total WUSA Administered Funds Optional:

Fall Regular $10.59
Co-op $18.97

WinterRegular $20.17
Co-op $18.97

SpringCo-op $18.97

Note: Fees are subject to HST, where applicable.

Mandatory Fees

 
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
** The Health Plan Fee

Fall Regular $56.38
Co-op $105.71

WinterRegular $112.76
Co-op $105.71

SpringCo-op $105.71
 DetailsThe Health Plan fee

The Health Plan fee provides health coverage for undergraduate students with the assistance of StudentCare networks. Students can opt out or enroll spouse/dependents at www.studentcare.ca during the Change-of-Coverage Period. Inquiries about the coverage can also be directed to the Health and Dental office in the Health Services, Room 1006. During the winter term, regular students pay twice the rate for Health and Dental coverage to ensure continuous coverage from May through August. Considered together with the Dental Plan, this group discount program saves students approximately $367 per year on average for equivalent insurance coverage.

Fall

Regular $56.38
Co-op $105.71

Winter

Regular $112.76
Co-op $105.71

Spring
Co-op $105.71
** The Dental Plan Fee

Fall Regular $61.85
Co-op $115.98

WinterRegular $123.70
Co-op $115.98

SpringCo-op $115.98
 DetailsThe Dental Plan

The Dental Plan fee provides dental coverage for undergraduate students with the assistance of StudentCare networks. Students can opt out or enroll spouse/dependents at www.studentcare.ca during the Change-of-Coverage Period. Inquiries about the coverage can also be directed to the Health and Dental office in the Health Services, Room 1006. During the winter term, regular students pay twice the rate for Health and Dental coverage to ensure continuous coverage from May through August. Considered together with the Health Plan, this group discount program saves students approximately $367 per year on average for equivalent insurance coverage.

Fall

Regular $61.85
Co-op $115.98

Winter

Regular $123.70
Co-op $115.98

Spring
Co-op $115.98
UPass
Fall $101.07
Winter$101.07
Spring$101.07
 DetailsUPass

The UPass fee is a non-refundable fee collected on behalf of Grand River Transit. The fee is paid by full-time undergraduate students with at least three (3) on campus courses on academic term; students can also use the pass during an academic co-op, or off term. This group discount saves students approximately $878 per year.

Fall
$101.07
Winter
$101.07
Spring
$101.07
Total WUSA Administered Funds Mandatory:

Fall Regular $219.30
Co-op $322.76

WinterRegular $337.53
Co-op $332.76

SpringCo-op $332.76

Note: Fees are subject to HST, where applicable.
* Optional on Quest (at point of payment), not otherwise refundable
** Refund available upon request. Proof of coverage required for refund of Health Plan fee.

Orientation Fee: First Year Students

This fee is optional at point of payment (on Quest), and non-refundable. The fee may be opted back into for students who have registered for Orientation but mistakenly opted out.

Orientation Fees

 
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
* Orientation Fee
Fall $110.53
WinterN/A
SpringN/A
 DetailsStudent Refugee Program

First-Year Orientation is your official welcome to campus and a vital part of your student experience. You’ll meet students from your program and across campus who are experiencing university for the first time, just like you! This fee supports a full week of exciting activities like Warrior Welcome, Waterloo Fest, and Black and Gold Day. Orientation is where to learn about faculty traditions, what it means to be a Waterloo Warrior, and how to make the most of your time here. Events are organized by the Student Success Office, your faculty, and your Waterloo undergraduate student association.

Fall
$110.53
Winter
N/A
Spring
N/A

Note: Fees are subject to HST, where applicable.

2019/20 Fee Changes

Changes in WUSA Fee Fee Effect
Increase for CPI
Ratified by the winter 2019 General Meeting
$1.40
Increase for staff Salaries in accordance with UW Staff Association’s MoU with the University
Required by University contract, increase ratified by the winter 2019 General Meeting
$0.24
Governmental Advocacy Support fee change
Ratified by the winter 2019 General Meeting
$3.52
Increase to accommodate organizational restructure and costing changes based on UW Human Resources regrading
Ratified by the Students’ Council at the June 2019 Meeting
$0.56
Increase to Engineering Society Fee
Approved by the winter 2019 Joint Annual General Meeting of the Engineering Society
$0.35
Decrease to MathNews Fee
Approved by the winter 2019 MathSoc/MathNEWS General Meeting
($0.25)
Increase to Science Society Fee
Approved by the Science Society winter 2017 General Meeting
$3.00
* Changes in WUSA Administered Funds Fee Effect
Increase to UPass $7.16
Increase to Health Plan Fee

Regular: $1.38
Co-op: $2.58

Increase to Dental Plan Fee

Regular: $16.85
Co-op:$32.35

Increase to Student Refugee Program fee $0.03 (F19), $3.92 (W20, S20)
NEW Legal Service Fee

Regular: $9.56 (F19), $19.14 (W20)
Co-op: $17.94/term

* All increases to Administered Funds are reflective only of premiums and the administrative costs of the programs.

For further information regarding your fees or if you are not paying for an Administered fee and intended to use the service(s), please contact the Vice President Operations & Finance or 519-888-4567 ext. 33880.