Effective Fall 2019, the GSA fees are restructured to comply with the Ontario Government's ancillary fee classification framework legislated through the Student Choice Initative (SCI)

As a result of the SCI, many of the services that graduate students have fought for are at risk. The GSA provides graduate students with academic support, a social community, mental and physical health supports, legal aid, as well as advocacy and representation. To safeguard the continuity of these services, we need your help. Choosing to support the GSA will ensure the sustainability of our services to all graduate students and enable us to continue to represent every student on all campuses of the University.

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. 

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.

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

Below is a listing of fee amounts for each term.


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

GSA Association fees
Fee Title Termly Fee SCI Fee Type Description
Essential Services Admin $8.00 Compulsory Supports 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 $2.00 Compulsory Supports academic events and initiatives and administration of these activities. This fee is non-refundable.
Wellness Support $2.00 Compulsory Supports wellness events and initiatives and administration of these activities. This fee is non-refundable.
Representation at UW $3.80 Optional

Allows 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 $3.30 Optional

Supports 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** $2.20 Optional

Supports 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** $1.50 Optional

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  
GSA Administered Fees
Fee Title Termly Fee SCI Fee Type Description
Health Plan $62.00 Compulsory Provides 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 $91.00 Compulsory Provides a supplementary Dental Plan which is designed to provide dental care services. This fee is refundable during change of coverage period.
GRT U-Pass $98.60 Compulsory Provides riding access to the Grand River Transit Buses and ION Light Rail Transit. This fee is non-refundable.
GSA Graduate House** $23.50 Optional

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.


GSA Fees - September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019

Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 22.80 22.80

22.80

68.40

GSA Administered Fees:

       
GRT bus pass (full-time students only) 93.91 93.91 93.91 281.73
Dental Plan 81.00 81.00 81.00

243.00

Health Plan 62.00 62.00 62.00 186.00
Graduate House 23.50 23.50 23.50

65.00

Total GSA Administered Fees 260.41

260.41

260.41

GSA Fees - September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 20.50 22.50

22.50

65.50

GSA Administered Fees:

       
GRT bus pass (full-time students only) 89.45 89.45 89.45 268.35
Dental Plan 81.00 81.00 81.00

243.00

Health Plan 62.00 62.00 62.00 186.00
Graduate House 18.00 23.50 23.50

65.00

Total GSA Administered Fees 250.45

255.95

255.95

GSA Fees - September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017

Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 20.50 20.50 20.50 61.50

GSA Administered Fees:

       
GRT bus pass (full-time students only) 85.20 85.20 85.20 255.60
Dental Plan 81.00 81.00 81.00

243.00

Health Plan 62.00 62.00 62.00 186.00
Graduate House 18.00 18.00 18.00

54.00

Total GSA Administered Fees 246.20

246.20

246.20
GSA Fees - September 1, 2015-August, 31 2016
Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 18.50 20.50 20.50 59.50
GSA Administered Fees:        
GRT bus pass (full time students only) 81.15 81.15 81.15 243.45
Dental Plan 78.00 78.00 78.00 234.00
Health Plan 55.00 55.00 55.00 165.00
Graduate House 17.50 18.00 18.00 53.50
Total GSA Administered Fees 231.75

232.15

232.15
GSA Fees - September 1, 2014-August, 31 2015
Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 18.50 18.50 18.50 55.50
GSA Administered Fees:        
GRT bus pass (full-time students only) 77.29 77.29 77.29 231.87
Dental Plan 63.00 63.00 63.00 189.00
Health Plan 51.25 51.25 51.25 153.75
Graduate House 15.00 15.00 17.50 47.50
Total GSA Administered Fees 206.54 206.54 209.04
GSA Fees - September 1, 2013-August, 31 2014
Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 16.60 16.60 16.60 49.80
GSA Administered Fees:        
GRT buspass (Full time only) 72.23 72.23 72.23 216.69
Dental Plan 63.00 63.00 63.00 189.00
Health Plan 51.25 51.25 51.25 153.75
Graduate House 15.00 15.00 15.00 45.00
Total GSA Administered Fees 201.48 201.48 201.48
GSA Fees - September 1, 2012-August, 31 2013
Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 15.00 15.00 15.00 45.00
GSA Administered Fees:        
GRT buspass (Full time only) 67.84 67.84 67.84 203.52
Dental Plan 63.00 63.00 63.00 189.00
Health Plan 51.25 51.25 51.25 153.75
Graduate House 15.00 15.00 15.00 45.00
Total GSA Administered Fees 197.09 197.09 197.09  
GSA Fees - September 1, 2011-August, 31 2012
Fee type September January May Total
Association Fee 15.00 15.00 15.00 45.00
GSA Administered Fees:        
GRT buspass (Full time only) 60.64 60.64 60.64 181.92
Dental Plan 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Health Plan 52.00 52.00 52.00 156.00
Graduate House 15.00 15.00 15.00 45.00
Total GSA Administered Fees 187.64 187.64 187.64  

Please contact the GSA Office for GSA fee details prior to September 1, 2011.


Territorial Acknowledgement

We, the Graduate Student Association - University of Waterloo, acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. 


Final Report on Student Mental Health

Final Report on Student Mental Health.

Refundable Fees - Dates

The GSA refundable fees follow the same schedule as the University's timing to obtain refunds. Refundable fees include:

  • Health Plan (with proof of equivalent coverage from another plan),
  • Dental Plan (other plan coverage not required), and

Refunds are only available during:

Fall 2018: Sept. 4 - Sept. 26
-Health, Dental,

Winter 2018: Jan. 7 - Jan. 25
-Newly enrolled graduate students: Health and Dental.

Spring 2018: May 6 - May 24
-Newly enrolled graduate students: Health and Dental.