The Student Choice Initiative allows students to choose which optional fees they wish to pay each semester. All students will continue to pay fees deemed compulsory because they provide essential services.
The Student Choice Initiative is available before the billing period of each academic semester, via WebAdvisor. See below for important dates for the upcoming semester and instructions for choosing optional fees.
Fees support programs and services that benefit students and enhance the University of Guelph’s unique campus culture and student experience. Please read the descriptions of these fees carefully. Payment of optional fees ensures access to these programs and services.
Students who choose to pay the 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. As part of the Student Choice Initiative, your student information may be shared as a member of the clubs and organizations that you have funded through student fees.
Window for choosing optional fees for all students: October 28 to November 17, 2019.
Descriptions of Optional Fees
How to Choose Optional Fees
- Sign in to WebAdvisor.
- Click on the "Student Choice Initiative (SCI)" link on the right-hand side, in the “Financial Profile” section.
- After reading the fee descriptions, check off the fee(s) that you are choosing not to pay.
- 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 SCI Fees" link in the "Financial Profile" section.
Please note: You cannot make any changes once you submit the form. Your bill for the semester will include all compulsory fees and your selected optional fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
The University will not be changing student bills for winter 2020 at this time. The Ontario Divisional Court ruled against the Student Choice Initiative, but the provincial government is appealing the decision. Given the uncertainty of the situation, and the fact that Guelph’s opt-out process was completed before the court ruling, winter 2020 invoices reflect students’ opt-out choices. The University will monitor the situation and notify students of any changes.
The Student Choice Initiative applies to all Canadian and international undergraduate, diploma and graduate students. It applies to full-time and part-time students on all campuses. The only exceptions are:
- students only registered in Distance Education courses;
- senior citizens (over the age of 65); and
- students attending U of G on exchange.
No, you cannot make any changes once you submit the form.
Please see the Important Dates table above for the deadline for your campus and program.
No, you cannot submit your choices after the deadline indicated in the Important Dates table above. Students have the option to choose fees every semester, so you will have an opportunity to select your Summer and Fall optional fees.
After the window is closed, student clubs and organizations will receive an accurate understanding of the funding they will be receiving for the upcoming semester. This will aid in their budgeting and planning of events and programming that maintain and grow our campus culture.
The window also allows for the University to create accurate bills for all students in a timely manner. Students can expect accurate bills for the Winter 2020 semester to be available on WebAdvisor in late November.
You are required to pay fees that support services the Government of Ontario has deemed to be essential. These essential services ensure the health and safety of the campus and provide academic support to students. Below is a list of essential services:
- 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
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