GSA Fees

Changes to GSA Fees - Effective Fall 2020

In November 2019, a provincial court ruling struck down the Student Choice Initiative (SCI) and accompanying ancillary fee framework. In January 2020, The GSA Board approved changes to GSA fees to no longer align with the SCI framework. The changes to fees constitute a reversal of the splitting of Association fees into optional and mandatory categories as defined in the SCI framework. As a result, all fees under the Association fees are amalgamated into three categories. Administered fees were not impacted by removal of SCI. The changes to the fees were approved by the University Board of Governors in June 2020 and will take effect starting Fall 2020.

The GSA will be collecting fees in Fall 2020, as it is anticipated that graduate students will be utilizing GSA services and that a significant portion of graduate students will be in the region in Fall 2020.

Please note that the GRT fees will be collected to ensure graduate students are able to have access to transit in the region. As part of our new agreement with the GRT, some additional benefits (such as fee opt outs) will be offered to graduate students using the UPass program. Details will be forthcoming.

Please also note that Graduate House fees will be charged as the GSA is looking to open the Graduate House in Fall 2020. As per guidelines from the University of Waterloo Safety Office and health guidelines from the province, strict protocols will be in place to ensure safety of members and patrons. More details will be posted on our Graduate House website in the coming weeks. Graduate students wishing to not pay the Graduate House fee will need to opt-out of the fee on Quest during the fee collection period. For more information on fee collection period and opting-out, visit the UWaterloo Finance website.

Changes to GSA fees for 2020-2021, including increases to GSA Administered fees as well as new fees, can be here: GSA Fees and Descriptions for 2020-2021.

GSA Fees - September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

For tax receipt purposes, check your UWaterloo financial statement on Quest for the named fees and amount applied to your statement.

GSA Association Fees

The “GSA Association Fees” include charges for administration of GSA services including advising, representation and advocacy efforts, as well as support for academic, social, and wellness initiatives. 

Fee TitleTermly FeeSCI Fee TypeDescription
Essential Services Admin$8.00CompulsorySupports the administration of the Core GSA services which include the supplementary health plan, supplementary dental plan, the GRT Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass), and academic initiatives. This fee is non-refundable.
Academic Support$2.00CompulsorySupports academic events and initiatives and administration of these activities. This fee is non-refundable.
Wellness Support$2.00CompulsorySupports wellness events and initiatives and administration of these activities. This fee is non-refundable.
Representation at UW$3.80OptionalAllows GSA to be the official voice of graduate students at UW to ensure all University decisions are in the best interests of graduate students. Supports advocacy related to student services, TA employment, petitions & grievances, student mental health, graduate student relations, minimum funding levels, and representation on over 50 university committees. Allows member input and participation in these activities through GSA Council & Board.
Members who opt-out of this fee may be charged a service fee to participate in representation events, at the GSA’s discretion. This fee is non-refundable.
External Representation$3.30OptionalSupports GSA’s external representation, advocacy and lobbying efforts to municipal, provincial and federal government and other external organizations to ensure policies favour needs of graduate students. Allows member input and participation in these activities. Areas of focus include OSAP and other funding, international student post-graduation work permits, path to permanent residency for international students, etc.
Members who opt-out of this fee may be charged a service fee to participate in external representation activities, at the GSA’s discretion. This fee is non-refundable.
Social Initiatives**$2.20OptionalSupports social events and initiatives such as events for first year graduate student orientation. Provides funding for student-led social programming through Graduate Student Initiatives (GSI) such as departmental socials, student club activities, and bus trips.
Members who opt-out of this fee are welcome to take part in GSA social events and orientation activities but will be charged a $10 fee for service (subject to change without notice) at the time of each event. Members who opt-out of this fee are NOT eligible to apply for GSI funding for social events. This fee is non-refundable.
Advising Services**$1.50Optional
Provides free advising and support services to graduate students which include one-on-one consultation with GSA lawyer, one-on-one tax consultation with GSA accountant, tax Seminars, and confidential advising appointments (university policies; supervisor relationships; filing a grievance, appeal or petition; support for meetings; etc.)
Members who opt-out of this fee are welcome to use GSA’s advising services but will be charged a $50/hr fee for service (subject to change without notice) at the time of each appointment. This fee is non-refundable.
Total Termly GSA Association Fees$22.80  
**Fee is subject to HST. Please visit the University of Waterloo Finance webpage for information. 

 

GSA Administered Fees

The “GSA Administered Fees” include charges for the bus pass, dental plan, health plan, and Graduate House fee. Students are assessed according to their status and/or their program status. Online/distance-ed students are not assessed the health and dental plan fees and are not eligible to opt in to the health and dental plans.

Fee TitleTermly FeeSCI Fee TypeDescription
Health Plan$62.00CompulsoryProvides a supplementary Health Plan which is designed to provide important services in addition to the basic provincial healthcare plan. This fee is refundable during change of coverage period with equivalent proof of coverage.
Dental Plan$91.00CompulsoryProvides a supplementary Dental Plan which is designed to provide dental care services. This fee is refundable during change of coverage period.
GRT U-Pass$98.60CompulsoryProvides riding access to the Grand River Transit Buses and ION Light Rail Transit. This fee is non-refundable.
GSA Graduate House**$23.50Optional

Supports GSA Graduate House services including subsidized food pricing, social programming and use of graduate house space. Members who pay this fee also receive discounts on food prices, additional discount coupons, and free room booking.

Members who opt-out of this fee are welcome to use the Graduate House space but will be charged a $40/hr rental fee (subject to change without notice) for room booking and are ineligible for price discounts. This fee is non-refundable.

Total Termly GSA Administered Fees$275.10 
**Fee is subject to HST. Please visit the University of Waterloo Finance webpage for information.

Past Fees

Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee22.8022.80

22.80

68.40

GSA Administered Fees:

    
GRT bus pass (full-time students only)93.9193.9193.91281.73
Dental Plan81.0081.0081.00

243.00

Health Plan62.0062.0062.00186.00
Graduate House23.5023.5023.50

65.00

Total GSA Administered Fees260.41

260.41

260.41
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee20.5022.50

22.50

65.50

GSA Administered Fees:

GRT bus pass (full-time students only)89.4589.4589.45268.35
Dental Plan81.0081.0081.00

243.00

Health Plan62.0062.0062.00186.00
Graduate House18.0023.5023.50

65.00

Total GSA Administered Fees250.45

255.95

255.95
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee20.5020.5020.5061.50

GSA Administered Fees:

GRT bus pass (full-time students only)85.2085.2085.20255.60
Dental Plan81.0081.0081.00

243.00

Health Plan62.0062.0062.00186.00
Graduate House18.0018.0018.00

54.00

Total GSA Administered Fees246.20

246.20

246.20
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee18.5020.5020.5059.50
GSA Administered Fees:    
GRT bus pass (full time students only)81.1581.1581.15243.45
Dental Plan78.0078.0078.00234.00
Health Plan55.0055.0055.00165.00
Graduate House17.5018.0018.0053.50
Total GSA Administered Fees231.75

232.15

232.15
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee18.5018.5018.5055.50
GSA Administered Fees:    
GRT bus pass (full-time students only)77.2977.2977.29231.87
Dental Plan63.0063.0063.00189.00
Health Plan51.2551.2551.25153.75
Graduate House15.0015.0017.5047.50
Total GSA Administered Fees206.54206.54209.04
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee16.6016.6016.6049.80
GSA Administered Fees:
GRT buspass (Full time only)72.2372.2372.23216.69
Dental Plan63.0063.0063.00189.00
Health Plan51.2551.2551.25153.75
Graduate House15.0015.0015.0045.00
Total GSA Administered Fees201.48201.48201.48
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee15.0015.0015.0045.00
GSA Administered Fees:
GRT buspass (Full time only)67.8467.8467.84203.52
Dental Plan63.0063.0063.00189.00
Health Plan51.2551.2551.25153.75
Graduate House15.0015.0015.0045.00
Total GSA Administered Fees197.09197.09197.09
Fee typeSeptemberJanuaryMayTotal
Association Fee15.0015.0015.0045.00
GSA Administered Fees:
GRT buspass (Full time only)60.6460.6460.64181.92
Dental Plan60.0060.0060.00180.00
Health Plan52.0052.0052.00156.00
Graduate House15.0015.0015.0045.00
Total GSA Administered Fees187.64187.64187.64

Last Updated: August 5, 2020

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