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Incidental Fees

About Incidental Fees

In accordance with the Student Choice Initiative, incidental (i.e. non-tuition) fees may be deemed as either essential or non-essential.

Essential Fees

Essential fees are compulsory non-tuition fees that cover the cost of student supports and services relating to one of the following areas:

  • athletics and recreation
  • career services
  • student buildings
  • health and counselling
  • academic support
  • student ID cards
  • student achievement and records
  • financial aid offices
  • campus safety programs

Health and Dental Plans

Health and dental plan fees are compulsory unless you already have health and dental coverage. You may opt out of health and dental plans with proof of alternative coverage through the Students' Union website (for undergraduate students) or the GSA website (for graduate students).

Non-Essential Fees

Laurier offers an array of opportunities for you to engage in non-academic activities that support and strengthen your university experience. Non-essential fees fund these types of additional student programs and supports. You may opt out of non-essential fees prior to the start of each term through the opt-out portal. We ask that you take the time to make informed decisions when considering opting out.

Deadlines

The deadline to opt out of any non-essential fees each term is firm. You may opt out of non-essential fees within the following periods, even if you have not yet enrolled in a course for the term.

Opt-out periods:

  • Fall term: July 2 – July 25, 2019.
  • Winter term: Nov. 1 – Nov. 25, 2019.
  • Spring and summer terms: March 1 – March 25, 2020.

Late Registrations

If you are admitted late or have registered 10 days before the end of the opt-out period, you will receive an email notification that you have two weeks to opt out. Students who register late may find that their invoice does not reflect their opt-out choices. To see the changes within 48 hours of completing the opt-out process, check your student account on LORIS by selecting "Student Account Summary" under the “Student Services” tab.

Opt-out processing time:

Opt-outs will be reflected on your student account summary after tuition fees have been assessed for the term.  Following that, opt-outs will reflect on your student account summary within 1-2 business days.

Note

If you elect to participate in programming or to seek supports funded through a non-essential fee you have opted out of, you may be required to pay an additional fee directly or you may not have access to the program. If you decide that you would like to take full advantage of a particular service or support from which you have previously opted out, you may choose to keep the fee during the next term’s opt-out period.

Overview of Incidental Fees

Laurier programs are delivered either in Waterloo, Brantford or online. Some fees are associated with a particular campus/site or a particular program/faculty; other fees may be applicable to all programs.

All Undergraduate Students

Note: Fees are for both full- and part-time undergraduate students, unless otherwise noted.

Undergraduate Student Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Per 0.5 Credit

Maximum Fee Charged*

Essential / Non-Essential

Copyright Fee

$0.96

No maximum

Essential

Dental Plan (per year, charged in fall term)

N/A

$115.92 (fall term only)

Essential (proof of alternative dental coverage is required to opt out)

Health Plan (per year, charged in fall term)

N/A

$123.51 (fall term only)

Essential (proof of alternative health coverage is required to opt out)

Independent Student Media Fee

$2.86

$11.44

Non-essential

International Students Overcoming War Scholarship Fund

$1

$4

Non-essential

Laurier Academic Support Fee

$8.02

$40.10

Essential

Laurier Athletics and Recreation Fee

$16.27

$81.35

Essential

Laurier Career Services Fee

$8.10

$40.50

Essential

Laurier Health and Counselling Fee

$11.13

$55.65

Essential

Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group Fee

$1.07 (Brantford)

$5.58 (Waterloo); $4.28 (Brantford)

Non-essential

Orientation and Transition Fee

N/A

$101 (fall term, first-year students only)

Essential

Provincial Advocacy Fee

N/A

$3.29 (fall term only)

Non-essential

Students' Union Academic Support Fee

$1.13

$4.52

Essential

Students' Union Campus Clubs Fee

$0.68

$2.72

Non-essential

Students' Union Campus Safety Fee

$2.03

$8.12

Essential

Students' Union Health and Wellness Fee

$0.77

$3.08

Essential

Students' Union Recreation Fee

$2.43

$9.72

Essential

Students' Union Social Programming Fee

$2.71

$10.84

Non-essential

Sustainability Fee

$1.42 (part-time students)

$5.68 (full-time students)

Non-essential

Undergraduate Faculty Association Fee for Academic and Career Support (excluding Lazaridis School)

$2.63

$10.52

Essential

Undergraduate Faculty Association Fee for Social Programming (excluding Lazaridis School)

$1.12

$4.48

Non-essential

WUSC Student Refugee Program Fee

$1

$4

Non-essential

Campus-Specific Fees

Brantford Campus Undergraduate Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Per 0.5 Credit

Maximum Fee Charged*

Essential / Non-Essential

Athletic Complex Fee

$8

$40

Essential

Enhancement of Student Life Levy

$4.37

No maximum

Essential

Student Centre Building Fee

$11.99

$47.96

Essential

U-Pass: Brantford Transit Fee (full-time students only)

N/A

$51.28

Essential


Waterloo Campus Undergraduate Student Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Per 0.5 Credit

Maximum Fee Charged*

Essential / Non-Essential

Enhancement of Student Life Levy

$9.55

No maximum

Essential

Students' Union Building Fee

$9.36

$37.44

Essential

U-Pass: Waterloo Transit Fee (full-time students only)

N/A

$99.10

Essential

Program- and Faculty-Specific Fees

Program and Faculty Undergraduate Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Per 0.5 Credit

Maximum Fee Charged*

 Essential / Non-Essential

Co-operative Education Fee (summer co-op only, Science and Arts students)

N/A

$357.80

Essential

Co-operative Education Fee (excluding summer co-op only, Science and Arts students)

N/A

$748.89

Essential

Education Technology Renewal Fee

N/A

$75 per year (charged in fall term)

Essential

Lazaridis School Undergraduate Faculty-Based Activity Fee for Social Programming

$1.38

$6.90

Non-essential

 

Lazaridis School Undergraduate Faculty Association Fee for Academic and Career Support

$3.22

$16.10

Essential

Music Academic Support Fee

$20.35

$101.75

Essential

Music Career Support Fee

$7.40

$37

Essential

Music Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fee

$3.80

$19

Non-essential

Music Student Buildings Support Fee

$4.85

$24.25

Essential

Music Student Experience Fee

$3.60

$18

Non-essential

PRISM Fee (full-time, Lazaridis School students only)

N/A

$65

Non-essential

*Maximum fees charged are per term and effective Sept. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

All Graduate Students

Graduate Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non-Essential

Canadian Federation of Students Fee

both

per term

$17.12 (fall term only)

Non-essential

Copyright Fee

both

per term

$3.20

Essential

Dental Plan

both

fall term only

$201.46

Essential (proof of alternative dental coverage is required to opt out)

GSA Academic Support Fee

part-time

per term

$4.32

Essential

GSA Academic Support Fee

full-time

per term

$8.64

Essential

GSA Capital Fee

part-time

per term

$4.30

Essential

GSA Capital Fee

full-time

per term

$8.60

Essential

GSA Career Services Fee

part-time

per term

$3.52

Essential

GSA Career Services Fee

full-time

per term

$7.04

Essential

GSA Financial Aid Fee

part-time

per term

$1.26

Essential

GSA Financial Aid Fee

full-time

per term

$2.52

Essential

GSA Graduate Enhancement Fund

both

per term

$52.19

Essential

GSA Health and Counselling Fee

part-time

per term

$6.28

Essential

GSA Health and Counselling Fee

full-time

per term

$12.56

Essential

GSA Location-Specific Programming Fee

part-time

per term

$6.78

Non-essential

GSA Location-Specific Programming Fee

full-time

per term

$13.56

Non-essential

GSA Social Justice and Equity Fee

part-time

per term

$1.50

Non-essential

GSA Social Justice and Equity Fee

full-time

per term

$3

Non-essential

Health Plan

both

fall term only

$407.57

Essential (proof of alternative dental coverage is required to opt out)

Independent Student Media Fee

both

per term

$7.80

Non-essential

International Students Overcoming War Scholarship Fund

both

per term

$4

Non-essential

Laurier Academic Support Fee

part-time

per credit

$8.02

Essential

Laurier Academic Support Fee

full-time

per term

$40.10

Essential

Laurier Athletics and Recreation Fee

part-time

per credit

$16.27

Essential

Laurier Athletics and Recreation Fee

full-time

per term

$81.35

Essential

Laurier Career Services Fee

part-time

per credit

$8.10

Essential

Laurier Career Services Fee

full-time

per term

$40.50

Essential

Laurier Health and Counselling Fee

part-time

per credit

$11.13

Essential

Laurier Health and Counselling Fee

full-time

per term

$55.65

Essential

Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group Fee

both

per term

$3.63

Non-essential

Sustainability Fee

full-time

per term

$5.68

Non-essential

Sustainability Fee

part-time

per term

$2.84

Non-essential

Campus-Specific Incidental Fees

Brantford Campus Graduate Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non-Essential

Athletic Complex Fee

both

per term

$40

Essential


Waterloo Campus Graduate Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non-Essential

U-Pass: Waterloo Transit Fee

full-time

per term

$99.10

Essential

Program- and Faculty-Specific Fees

For Co-op Students

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non Essential

Co-operative Education Fee

full-time

per term

$748.89

Essential


For MBA, MABE, MFin, MSc in Management, PhD in Management Students (Unless Otherwise Noted)

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non-Essential

MBA Academic Support Fee (Waterloo)

full-time

per term

$48.54

Essential

MBA Career Support Fee (Waterloo)

full-time

per term

$60.21

Essential

MBA Student Experience Fee (Waterloo)

full-time

per term

$41.25

Non-essential

MBA Student Experience Fee (Waterloo)

part-time

per half credit

$15

Non-essential

MFin Academic Support Fee

full-time

per term

$1.25

Essential

MFin Career Support Fee

full-time

per term

$55.83

Essential

MFin Student Experience Fee

full-time

per term

$66.67

Non-essential

MFin Wellness Support Fee

full-time

per term

$1.25

Essential

PRISM Fee

full-time

per term

$65

Non-essential


For Martin Luther University College Students

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non-Essential

Luther Academic Support Fee

both

per term

$5

Essential

Luther Building Fee

both

per term

$5

Essential

Luther Career Services Fee

both

per term

$2

Essential

Luther Community Services Fee

both

per term

$5

Non-essential

Luther Health and Counselling Fee

both

per term

$5

Essential

Luther Learning Series Fee

both

per term

$3

Non-essential


For Faculty of Music Students

Fee Type

Full- / Part-Time

Basis

Fee

Essential / Non-Essential

Music Academic Support Fee

full-time

per term

$84.26

Essential

Music Diversity and Equity Fee

full-time

per term

$15.74

Non-essential

Not-for-Credit Programs

Not-for-Credit Program Incidental Fees

Fee Type

Maximum Fee Charged*

Essential / Non-Essential

LEAF Health Insurance (14-week cycle)

$200 per term

Essential

LEAF Health Insurance (8-week cycle)

$100 per term

Essential

LEAF Student Services Fee (14-week cycle)

$217.60 per term

Essential

LEAF Student Services Fee (8-week cycle)

$108.80 per term

Essential

LEAF Textbooks (per term, levels 1-4)

$200 per term

Essential

LEAF Textbooks (per term, level 5)

$120 per term

Essential

Pre-MBA Health Insurance

$352.35

Essential

*Maximum fees charged are per term and effective Sept. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

Essential Incidental Fee Details

Non-Essential Incidental Fee Details

Not-for-Credit Program Incidental Fee Details