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Federation of Students Fees 2017 - 2018
The University of Waterloo assesses the student fees on behalf of the Federation of Students and transfers the funds to the Federation for disbursement. Payment of the fees is a requirement of registration.
Feds Administered Fees: Regular Streamed Students
Note: All regular (non co-op) students are charged $55.00 (health plan) and $45.00 (dental plan) in addition to the complete academic term fee ($200.00 shown above) each academic term preceding an off term (to provide health and dental coverage during the off term). All co-op students pay an additional $94.81 (health plan) and $90.16 (dental plan) in addition to the complete academic term fee each term preceding a work term.
Feds Administered Fees: Co-op Students
The Federation of Students Administered Fees is a bundled fee that is compulsory upon registration. Refunds are available for some items covered by this fee and must be requested, generally, three weeks after the start of the term. The fee includes charges for the following:
- The Health and Dental plan fee provides health and 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.
- The UPass fee is a non-refundable fee collected on behalf of Grand River Transit. The fee is paid by full-time undergraduate students on academic term; students can also use the pass during an academic co-op, or off term. The Federation of Students issues a tax receipt each Winter term for students to claim transit credits on their income tax return. Visit the UPass section to download and print your receipt. This UPass fee reflects an increase of $4.39 (6.5%) per term.
- The Student Refugee Program fee sponsors eligible students from refugee camps abroad to continue their studies and improve their lives at the University of Waterloo. The fee levy covers all of the student's academic and living expenses for two years. With the support of uWaterloo and its affiliated colleges, the students are able to live on residence, receive meal plans and other services. The refund period for this fee is at the beginning of each term, and can be obtained by coming to the Feds office in the SLC and showing your WatCard.
Incidental Fees are charged to your student account in each term that you are enrolled in at least one on-campus course. You need to pay all the fees posted to your student account in full each term in order to be registered for that term. Refunds are available for some of these fees. For an explanation of incidental fees not administered through the Federation of Students, please see the uWaterloo undergraduate incidental fees page to learn more about them and how to opt out.
The Federation of Students Fee is a non-refundable amount that is paid by every undergraduate student. Part-time students pay 30% of the fee. At the beginning of the Executives' term of office, all of the departments plan out their spending for the year. These plans are then submitted to the Vice President, Operations and Finance.
Winter term fee is subject to change depending on minimum wage increase, for more information see Meeting Minutes from the 2018 Winter General Meeting .
The fee is divided into various departments to support the organization. View the breakdown of the budget visit the Feds Budget webpage .
Orientation Fee: First Year Students
March 2018 Fee Changes
|March 2018 changes in Orientation Fees||Fee Effect|
|Orientation Fee Increases||$ 1.71|
|Orientation CPI||$ 1.81|
|Total Increases||$ 3.52|
|Board of Governors Approved Orientation Fee|
|March 2018 changes in Feds Fees||Fee Effect|
|Decrease for Feds Orientation Line||$ (0.20)|
|Increase for Diversity/Inclusion Service||$ 0.20|
|Increase for Minimum Wage (to $14)||$ 0.90|
|CPI Increase||$ 0.98|
|New Services Staff||$ 1.00|
|Total Increase||$ 2.88|
|Board of Governors Approved Feds Fee|
Prior to the 2018 March General Meeting, a portion of the first-year Orientation budget was subsidized by funds from the Feds fee paid by all undergraduates. At the 2018 March General Meeting, students voted to transfer Orientation expenses solely to the first-year students participating in Orientation, and to decrease the Feds fee for all undergrads to reflect an amount equivalent to the funds previously needed to subsidize Orientation.
The Orientation line from the Feds budget amounted to $12,000. With approximately 60,000 paying members, it was calculated to decrease the Feds fee by $0.20.
Additionally, students voted to increase the Feds fee by $0.20 to subsidize a new, student-run diversity and equity service.
Increases of $0.98 and $1.81 to the Feds fee and first-year Orientation fee respectively were also passed at the 2018 March General Meeting to account for inflation as calculated by the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) of Canada.
Overall, the Feds fee increased due to minimum wage, CPI, and the new service’s staff.
Refunds & Receipts
Looking for a refund?
Requests for refunds on eligible fees are available.
Health and Dental Plan:
Students can opt at www.studentcare.ca . If you have any questions, visit the Health and Dental office located in Health Services, room 1006.
Student Refugee Program:
This refund can be obtained by coming to the Feds office in the SLC and showing your WatCard.
Opting out of Orientation Week must be done online through the Registration link at uwaterloo.ca/orientation
This refund can be obtained by visiting the Imprint office in the SLC.
Student Society Fees*:
Refunds may be requested in person by visiting the specific student society office.
Sandford Fleming Foundation (Engineering Services)*:
To obtain a refund, visit room E2 3336.
Faculty of Science Foundation*:
Refund may be requested online from the Faculty of Science Foundation website .
Student Endowment Funds*:
Refunds may be requested online by visiting the specific Endowment Fund website.
*Important Note: These refunds must be requested three weeks from the start of lectures for each term.
GRT & Universal Bus Pass
The Universal Bus Pass (UPass) fee is a non-refundable fee collected on behalf of Grand River Transit . The fee is paid by full-time undergraduate students on academic term; students can also use the pass during an academic co-op or off term.
The Federation of Students issues a tax receipt each Winter term for students to claim transit credits on their income tax return.
UPass Tax Receipts
Download your UPass tax receipt.
The Federal government ended the Public Transit Tax Credit in 2017, and as such, UPass receipts can no longer be used for tax claims.
UPass Receipts From Previous Years
Download UPass Tax receipts from previous years