Registration and enrolment

Registration involves making the appropriate fee arrangement (full payment must be received) by the published deadlines for each academic term where you are engaged in coursework or an approved work term.

Email is the primary means of communication at the University of Waterloo and the Registrar's Office will begin contacting new students in July and August with registration instructions. All students are given a unique email address ( and are encouraged to check it often for important messages from the university.

Registration and course enrolment are web-based functions at the University of Waterloo and can be accessed through your Quest account.  Your Quest account is a secure, personalized, self-service tool through which most of your university related affairs can be managed. These range from finding out how much your tuition fees are to enrolling in classes and viewing your unofficial transcript.

Academic dates and deadlines

The University of Waterloo has three academic terms within the year and important dates are published for each of the three academic terms:

Fall September 1 to December 31
Winter January 1 to April 30
Spring May 1 to August 31

For information on fee arrangements to avoid late fee charges refer to due dates and late fees.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate tuition fee schedules are published by Finance (Student Accounts) each academic term. The posting and collection of fees is the responsibility of Finance (Student Accounts).

Tuition and incidental fees are posted to your Quest account at least five weeks before the start of an academic term. To avoid a late fee penalty, be sure to make your full fee arrangement by the published due dates.

To view your current tuition account balance, complete the following steps:

  • login to your Quest account
  • select Finances
  • select Account inquiry
  • select the term (i.e. Winter, Spring, Fall)

Inquiries concerning account balances, payment methods, fee payment deadlines, late payment charges and income tax receipts should be emailed to Finance (Student Accounts).

Course enrolment

Computing and Financial Management students are automatically enrolled in required courses by the Program Manager; however, if you need to make changes to your schedule, you will do so using Quest. Changes to your schedule should not be made without careful consideration and discussion with the Program Manager.