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Memo from Associate Provost Students and Director of Finance on reducing student incidental fees for fall 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

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To:                    All employees

From:              Chris Read, Associate Provost Students

                           Sarah Hadley, Director, Finance

Date:               Friday, August 14, 2020

Subject:          Reducing student incidental fees for fall 2020


  • We are reducing incidental fees for fall 2020
  • We will only charge fees that support student learning and wellbeing

We know that COVID-19 continues to have a significant effect on our students’ University experience. We want students to know that we are doing everything we can to give them the support they need to keep studying towards their degrees.

Recognizing that we have changed some of our student services and that some are not accessible to students studying at a distance from our campuses, leaders from the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), the Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the University have again reviewed all incidental fees.

This fall term, we will not charge a number of fees, including:

  • WUSA fees for the Grand River Transit UPass
  • WUSA fee for undergraduate Orientation  
  • WUSA and GSA fees for specific student association and society fees 
  • Fees related to Athletics and Recreation 

We will continue to charge fees that support our students’ learning and wellbeing. These supports remain in place and many are still available to students who are not physically on campus.

You can see a full list of the fees for fall 2020 on the Finance website for undergraduate students and for graduate students.

Many services and supports continue to be available to help students learn and study. You can find a list of modified services on the COVID-19 website.

Students can now see their fall 2020 fee bill in Quest. Students can contact sfs@uwaterloo.ca with any questions related to fees or fee bills.

Thank you for everything you are doing to support our students. 

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