Optional Fees (Student Choice Initiative)

The Ontario government’s new Student Choice Initiative allows students to choose which optional fees to pay through an “opt-out” process. All students will continue to pay fees deemed compulsory because they provide essential services.

Students may opt out of paying optional fees via WebAdvisor before the billing period for each academic semester. See below for important dates for the upcoming semester and instructions for opting out.

Optional fees support programs and services that benefit students and enhance the University of Guelph’s unique campus culture. Please read the descriptions of these fees carefully. Opting out of optional fees may result in loss of access to those programs and services.

Students who choose not to opt out of fees for student unions and student government organizations will be considered members of those groups and will be eligible to participate in member-only activities.

Important Dates

Fall 2019

Student Group (Program/Campus) Start date of opt-out period End date of opt-out period
Undergraduate and diploma students on the Guelph campus June 19, 2019 July 10, 2019
Graduate students June 19, 2019 July 10, 2019
Ridgetown students June 19, 2019 July 10, 2019
Guelph-Humber students July 8, 2019 July 23, 2019

Winter 2020

Tentative opt-out period for all students: October 28 to November 17, 2019.

Descriptions of Optional Fees

Optional fees for undergraduate and diploma students on the Guelph campus

Optional fees for graduate students on the Guelph campus

Optional fees for Ridgetown students

Optional fees for Guelph-Humber students (undergraduate and graduate)

How to Opt Out of Optional Fees

  1. Sign in to WebAdvisor.
  2. Click on the "Optional Fee Opt-Out" link on the right-hand side, in the “Financial Profile” section.
  3. After reading the fee descriptions, indicate the fees you wish to opt out of using the check boxes.
  4. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

You will receive a confirmation email with a summary of your selection(s). You can also confirm your selection(s) on WebAdvisor by clicking on the "Summary of Opted-Out Fees" link in the "Financial Profile" section.

If you would like to make changes to your selections, you can do so by resubmitting the form on WebAdvisor any time before the opt-out deadline. After the deadline, your opt-out decisions for the semester cannot be revised. Your bill for the semester will include all compulsory fees and your selected optional fees.

Frequently Asked Questions