Information on university fees
The Board of Governors reserves the right to change fees and rules governing refunds without prior notice.
Tuition fees vary according to your legal status in Canada, as defined in the regulations of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Tuition fee decrease
The Ontario government recently announced a 10% decrease in tuition fees for the 2019-2020 academic year for Canadian students enrolled in Ontario colleges and universities. At the University of Ottawa, this means a 10% reduction for students with the following legal status: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, exempt international students, and students who qualify for differential exemption. Moreover, tuition fees for these same students will remain unchanged for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Tuition for Canadian citizens
Tuition for Canadian citizens applies to the following students:
- A. Citizens or permanent residents of Canada and their dependants1:
- If you are in this category but were born outside of Canada, you must submit proof of your Canadian status to InfoService to qualify for Canadian tuition. A valid Canadian passport and, in most cases, a photo ID along with a social insurance number not starting with the number 9 can also be used. If you are in the process of obtaining your permanent residence status, we require a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) confirming it has received your application for permanent residency.
- B. Members of the diplomatic corps and their dependants.1
- C. Persons granted entry into Canada to come and work, and their dependants.2
- D. Refugees and their dependants recognized by the Canadian government.1+3
If you belong to category B, C or D, you must provide supporting documents to InfoService.
- The term dependant includes your spouse, your common-law partner, your unmarried child or your spouse's unmarried child. Dependant status must be fully documented for the student to be eligible:
- Spousal Status: A marriage certificate is required to verify spousal status.
- Common-Law Status: An affidavit signed by both spouses, a lawyer, notary or commissioner confirming that they are living together in a conjugal relationship for not less than one year, or that they are living together in a conjugal relationship and are raising any children of whom they both are the natural or adoptive parent, is required to verify their common-law status.
- Unmarried Child Status: To be eligible as an unmarried child, the dependant must be under age 22 and not a spouse or common-law partner when they begin their studies. An unmarried child can also be a person with a disability who has been financially supported substantially by his or her parents, and who is unable to be self-supporting because of the disability
- You are excluded from this category if you are:
- A visitor hired as a graduate teaching or research assistant;
- An international student holding a work permit to complete your CO-OP or internship employment or medical training (resident or clinical or research fellowship);
- An international student holding a work permit for post-graduate work (usually for up to three years of work opportunities upon graduation);
- An international student whose spouse or common-law partner has received a work permit as a result of the international student holding a valid Study Permit; or
- An international student holding an Off-Campus Work Permit.
- Canada recognizes a person as a Convention refugee only after the second phase of the refugee claim assessment has been completed. You must also provide a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) confirming that CIC has received your application for permanent resident status.
Tuition for international students
Tuition for international students applies to persons:
- E. Who do not belong to any of the groups described in A, B, C or D, or
- F. Who, despite belonging to one of the groups in A, B, C or D, have not submitted their supporting documents before the enrolment deadline. Proof of Citizenship or Permanent Status must be submitted by these deadlines, otherwise Foreign Student Fees will apply. No retroactive status changes will be made:
- October 31 for the fall term;
- January 31 for the winter term;
- June 30 for graduate students enrolled for the spring-summer term (May-August); and
- July 31 for graduate students enrolled for the summer session (July-August), as well as for undergraduate students enrolled during the spring-summer or summer terms.
Tuition for auditors
Auditors (see definition below) pay a fixed fee of $100 per unit for each course taken. For example, a typical course of three units costs $300. If the student only takes courses as an auditor, ancillary fees do not apply.
This concerns part-time undergraduate and graduate auditors in all programs with the exception of the Undergraduate Medical Education program.
Auditors: Persons who are enrolled in a course as either a regular or special student but are not required to complete work assignments or write exams and who will not receive units for the course.
New classifications of ancillary fees
In January 2019, the Ontario government introduced a new classification system for ancillary fees, which are added to regular tuition fees to fund services and materials. Some fees are mandatory (essential services fees) and others are optional (non-essential services fees). At the University of Ottawa, ancillary fees are classified as follows:
University of Ottawa ancillary fees
The Ontario government has classified these University of Ottawa ancillary fees as essential:
- Health Services
The University decided to impose these ancillary fees to provide students with access to health services that suit their circumstances and lifestyles. The Ontario government classifies this fee as mandatory, and it is non-optional for all full-time and part-time students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The cost of this fee is indexed to the CPI annually. The revenues generated by this fee fund convenient access to a wide range of health services on campus (such as family medicine, a drop-in clinic that is open seven days a week, immunization required for study programs and internships, mental health services, sports medicine services and other specialist medical care). It also funds a healthy lifestyles program that provides students with information on nutrition, stress reduction, mental health, sexual health, drug and alcohol issues, etc.
- Sports Services
Current Sports Services ancillary fees were established through a referendum held among the entire University of Ottawa population in 2001. It funds sports facilities, such as fitness centres and sports fields, as well as student sports activities, such as group classes. It also funds student initiatives submitted and approved by the School Spirit Council, a committee that comprises representatives from the University, GSAED and UOSU. The Ontario government has classified this fee as mandatory, and it is non-optional for all undergraduate and graduate students, whether full time or part time. The cost of this fee is annually indexed to the CPI. The revenues it generates fund the administration, operation and maintenance of sports facilities and sports programs on campus.
- UPass transit pass
This fee was established through a referendum held among the entire University of Ottawa student population in order to provide an affordable transportation to all students. It allows students to use the public transit services provided by OC Transpo and the STO (Société de transport de l’Outaouais). The UPass program is governed by a contract between the University of Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, the UOSU and the GSAED. This contract specifies the cost of the transit pass, which only covers public transit. This fee, classified as mandatory by the Ontario government, is non-optional for all full-time University of Ottawa students (with certain exceptions) in order to minimize the cost of the UPass.
- University Centre
This fee was established through a referendum held among the entire University of Ottawa population in 1966 with the aim of offering social, recreational and cultural activities to improve student life on campus. The Ontario government classifies it as a mandatory fee for all full-time and part-time students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 1973, a decision by the Board of Governors has linked the cost of this fee to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). An advisory committee composed of student representatives, along with members of the UOSU, GSAED and the University community, supervises the use of revenues raised by this fee. The UCU houses the legislative, executive and administrative branches of the student unions and provides spaces for student clubs, societies, associations, and related businesses. Its expenses include costs related to the administration, operation and maintenance of Jock Turcot University Centre and student wellness programs, such as the multi-faith space, services for nursing mothers, the Carrefour francophone, the Women’s Resource Centre, and all activities that enhance the student experience.
- Telfer School of Management Career Centre
This ancillary fee was established through a referendum held among the student population of the Telfer School of Management. The Career Centre provides students with professional and personal support services, such as career counselling and coaching, CV critiques, aptitude test (MBTI) administration and scoring, networking events, job fairs and career information sessions. The Ontario government classifies this fee as mandatory for all students enrolled in a Telfer undergraduate or MBA program because these services allow Telfer to meet the requirements of triple accreditation (AACSB, AQUIS, AMBA) and of a field in which career preparation is an essential job requirement. The revenue from these fees pays for events, trips, specialized programs, test administration and scoring, as well as for expenses related to staffing, software upgrades, and student initiatives.
University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) ancillary fees
According to the Ontario government classification, some ancillary fees collected for the UOSU have been deemed essential. Learn more about UOSU ancillary fees.
Graduate Students Association of the University of Ottawa (GSAÉD) ancillary fees
According to the Ontario government classification, some ancillary fees collected for the GSAÉD have been deemed essential. Learn more about GSAÉD ancillary fees.
According to the Ontario government classification, some ancillary fees collected for the UOSU or the GSAÉD have been deemed non-essential or optional, for example, fees that fund faculty association activities. For more information, see the UOSU website or the GSAÉD website.
Opting out of non-essential ancillary fees
The University has put in place a process for those who wish to opt out of non-essential services and not pay the associated fees. You can opt out of non-essential services by selecting Opt out of non-essential services in the Student Centre “Finances” section.
Important information about opting out of non-essential services:
- By default, non-essential service fees are added to your account every term you are enrolled at the University of Ottawa.
- All University of Ottawa students can opt out of one or more non-essential services offered by the UOSU or the GSAÉD and not pay the related fees.
- The University establishes a period during which you can opt out of non-essential services. It runs from the date of your invoice for the term to the deadline for the term to drop a course with a full reimbursement. Outside of this period, you must contact the organization offering the service to opt out.
- If you are enrolled for the fall and winter terms, you can opt out of non-essential services for both terms when you receive your fall invoice.
- After you opt out, your statement of account will be automatically updated.
- You cannot undo your opt-out online. If you wish to change your mind, wait until the end of the opting out period and make your request to the organization offering the service in question.
- If you change faculties between the fall and winter terms, your university fees will be recalculated. Your opt-outs for winter will no longer be valid. This process does not apply to students at Saint Paul University.
- You cannot select Opt out of non-essential services feature to opt out of health or dental insurance. Use the Health and dental insurance opt-out feature in uoZone instead.
Guidelines for digital learning material
The University of Ottawa follows guidelines on digital learning material used in courses. These guidelines are in line with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ (MTCU) Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines for Publicly-Assisted Universities 2013-14 to 2016-17. In this framework, MTCU permits, under certain conditions, the universities to ask students to purchase digital learning material.
Digital learning material can include access to databases, access to online learning resources and access to mobile clickers. Digital test/assessment tools can include simulation tools, online quizzes and online exercises.
Below are the University of Ottawa’s guidelines with regard to fees for digital learning materials.
The University of Ottawa recognizes that digital learning material can enhance the academic experience of students. At the same time, the University is conscious of the potential financial impact of such costs for students.
Therefore, and in accordance with MTCU guidelines, the University has developed the following guidelines for the fees related to digital learning materials.
- The instructors should use digital learning material that is already available to students at the University. When such digital learning material is not appropriate, the instructor may ask students to purchase digital learning material that become the property of the students, which can include test/assessment tools.
- Instructors may use digital test/assessment tools to assess student performance, if the weight of the total course grade associated to its use does not exceed 25%. Exceptionally, the instructor can obtain written approval from the Dean of the faculty offering the course should the weight exceed 25%.
- The total cost of the digital learning material for a course of 3 units or less should not exceed $60. Exceptionally, the instructor can obtain written approval from the Dean of the faculty offering the course should the total cost exceed $60.
- When the test/assessment tools are bundled with other learning material (such as a textbook), the instructor must provide an option for students to purchase the test/assessment tool separately. The above threshold of $60 applies to the stand-alone digital learning material only.
- If the above provisions are not satisfied, the use of digital learning material can be proposed to students, but the instructor must also offer a no-fee alternative to students.
- It is expected that the course syllabus will indicate, if relevant:
- the digital learning material (required or optional), including test/assessment tools,
- the cost of such material,
- the weight of the total course grade associated with the use of the test/assessment tools,
- the details on how to obtain such material, and
- the details on the no-fee alternative
Terms and conditions
Tuition fees are set according to two categories: full-time studies and part-time studies. For details and conditions, see Student classification below.
- Full-time: Students enrolled in the equivalent of 12 or more units during a given term will be considered full-time students and must pay full-time university fees. For purposes of fee assessment and classification, courses taken as an auditor are not included in the student classification and special fees apply.
- Part-time: Students enrolling in less than 12 units will be considered part-time students and must pay part-time tuition (on a per unit basis) and part-time ancillary fees. Part-time fees in the case of non-credit (N/C) courses are determined according to the number of weekly hours of formal lectures or equivalent.
Graduate students declare their classification when accepting their offer of admission. If they wish to modify their classification, they need to fill out the Modification / Cancellation of Enrolment (Graduate Studies) form (PDF) and submit it to the Graduate Studies Office of their faculty before the deadline published on the Important academic dates and deadlines page.
Fee amount and payment
Your tuition and ancillary fees depend on your program of studies, on your legal status in Canada and on the number of units you are taking. You must have paid all of your fees before you attend your first class (see the Important academic dates and deadlines).
Cancellation and reinstatement of enrolment
Once you have your course selection approved, you must inform the University in writing if you decide not to attend the course, to drop a course or to withdraw for the term. Failure to notify will result in a grade of ABS (equivalent to an F). Your fees remain payable.
Also, if you inform the University in writing that you are withdrawing from a course or a program for the term and later want to be reinstated for the same term, you must submit a written request to the registrar.