Full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto pay around $1,000 on incidental, system access, and ancillary fees each year. These fees are used to fund student services and societies. While many fees are compulsory, others are optional. The Varsity compiled a list of fees that full-time undergraduate students may not know they pay and can opt out of between now and October 3.
Health Plan — $73.56
The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) health plan is provided through Green Shield, a national not-for-profit insurance provider. The plan includes coverage for prescriptions, exams, and certain medical equipment. If your parents have insurance through work, you might be covered under them and not need the student plan.
Dental Plan — $66.27
The dental plan is also provided through Green Shield. The plan includes coverage for basic preventative services, restorative services, and oral surgery. If your parents have insurance through work, you may be under their coverage and not need the student plan.
Women’s Centre — $1.50
The Women’s Centre is a not-for-profit, drop-in space for women and trans people that provide resources and information on racism, sexism, health, poverty, and other social issues. They also hold events and classes on topics ranging from cooking to sign language.
Downtown Legal Services — $1.50
Downtown Legal Services provides public education on legal issues, and offers free legal assistance and representation for people that might not be able to afford it otherwise.
Students for Barrier Free Access — $1.00
Students for Barrier Free Access advocates for the rights of U of T students with disabilities, and aims to eliminate physical and attitudinal barriers on campus for disabled students.
Day Care Subsidy — $0.50
The day care subsidy assists parents, foster parents, and legal guardians of children ages zero to nine with the costs of childcare.
Ontario Public Interest Research Group — $0.50
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is an organization that researches and provides public education on social and environmental justice. There are 11 public interest research groups at Ontario university campuses
Orientation — $0.50
Orientation programming includes a variety of events are held to orient and welcome new students.
University of Toronto Environmental Resource Network — $0.50
The University of Toronto Environmental Resource Network is an umbrella organization that aids environmental projects and promotes sustainable practices across the three U of T campuses.
Bike Chain — $0.50
Bike Chain is a facility that offers free bicycle rentals, encourages bicycling, and provides hands-on education on bike repair and maintenance.
Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre — $0.25
The Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre is a drop-in centre that provides educational materials, peer advice, and resources for safe sex.
Cinema Studies Students’ Union — $0.25
The Cinema Studies Student Union represents the university’s cinema studies students, and promotes cinema on campus through events and screenings.
Blue Sky Solar Car Team — $0.13
The Blue Sky Solar Car Team is a multidisciplinary team that designs and builds solar cars and represents the U of T at various events and challenges in an effort to educate students, as well as to advance the field of solar automotive technology.