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.
|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|
Tentative opt-out period for all students: October 28 to November 17, 2019.
Descriptions of Optional Fees
How to Opt Out of Optional Fees
- Sign in to WebAdvisor.
- Click on the "Optional Fee Opt-Out" link on the right-hand side, in the “Financial Profile” section.
- After reading the fee descriptions, indicate the fees you wish to opt out of using the check boxes.
- 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
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.
Yes! Changes can be made to the form by resubmitting it via WebAdvisor up until the opt-out deadline. Your decisions for opting out cannot be changed after the deadline indicated in the Important Dates table above.
Please see the Important Dates table above for the opt-out deadline for your campus and program.
Students have the option to opt out of fees every semester. If you have missed the window for Fall 2019, you will have an opportunity in October 2019 to opt out of Winter fees.
After the opt-out 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 opt-out window also allows for the University to create accurate bills for all students in a timely manner. Students can expect accurate bills for the Fall 2019 semester to be available on WebAdvisor on July 24.
You cannot opt out of 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