Ancillary Fees FAQ

Why are ancillary fees separated into ‘Essential’ and ‘Non-essential’ this year?

Fees have been separated to align with the Ministry’s ‘Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines for Publicly-Assisted Universities’ to ensure compliance and transparency. Students can decide whether they want to pay for services that have been categorized as ‘Non-essential’. Opting out of these fees may limit access to certain services supported by the fee.

The fee names look different from last year. Why is that?

Fees have been renamed to align with the Ministry’s new compulsory categories. Certain fees have been renamed to ensure compliance and transparency and to better explain what the services are for. For example, Health/Counsel Fee has been renamed to Health and Wellness Centre Fee; Learning Resource Fee to Writing and Learning Centre Fee, to help student understand what these fees are for at a glance.

These fees changes are proposed to and approved by the University’s Board of Governors. Proposals are approved by the Ancillary fee committee which includes the Student Union and OCAD management.

Why aren’t all ancillary fees optional?

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities permits universities to charge compulsory ancillary fees for programs and services in a number of allowable categories, including: academic support, career services, health and wellness, student buildings and campus safety. For fees that do not fall under the categories above, students will have the option to opt-out of these fees online.

How do I opt-out?

Students can opt out of the Non-essential fees on the myOCADU student portal. On the Student Finance section, you will be presented with a list of opt-out fees on the opt-out page. Each fee has a name, description and amount.

Please follow this guide for detailed instructions on how to opt-out.

Can I change my mind after opting out of a fee? Can I opt back in?

Students may change their selection as many times until the cut-off date. The last day to change the selection is the last day to add a class for each term. The exact dates will be shown on the opt-out page, where you make your selection.

After these cut-off dates, please contact the Student Union Office or Canadian Federation of Students (“CFS”) directly.

Why do I still see the fee on my tuition statement after I opted out?

The system needs 1-3 hours to update your choice(s) and billing. Please check back in after 1-3 hours after you made your choice(s). Make sure to doublecheck your selection on the opt-out page, and that the selection is saved. If you still experience an issue after all of the above, please contact

Who do I contact if I have more questions about ancillary fees?

You can contact Student Accounts at

If you have specific questions about the opt-out fees and the services included with it, please contact the Student Union office or the CFS directly.


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