Undergraduate Calendar 2007-2008


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For the latest undergraduate Incidental Fees, please refer to the Finance website at www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infofin/students/stdfees.htm.


Note 1 – Term

Term refers to a particular four-month period of course study: Fall Term – September to December; Winter Term – January to April; Spring Term – May to August.

Note 2 – Co-operative Fee

Additional fee assessed to all Co-operative program students enrolled in more than two course equivalents per term.

In offering the Co-operative program, the University incurs significant extraordinary costs in the academic departments, as well as in the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services, the Registrar's Office, and other departments which serve the students. These costs are not provided for in the operating grants received from the Government. The University recovers a portion of the extra costs of the Co-operative program by collecting a Co-op service fee from students  in Co-operative academic plans. The Co-op fee is set in accordance with the methodology approved by the Ministry of  Training, Colleges and Universities, and distributes the cost recovery over all terms of the Co-operative plans in which students pay fees.

Note 3 – Tuition Rates for Co-op Students

Tuition for Co-op students is set at a rate of $14.00 per term higher than the corresponding rate for non-Co-op students. This additional fee will recover the academic-related costs of marking work reports and is calculated in accordance with guidelines approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Students who have arranged fees for the normally scheduled number of academic terms, but are required to arrange fees for additional terms in order to complete their academic degree requirements are exempted from the Co-op and Work Report Marking portion of their fees for such terms, as these fees are payable for eight terms only.

Note 4 – Course Fee

For the latest undergraduate course fee, refer to the Finance website at www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infofin/students/stdfees.htm.

Note 5 – Study Permits

The Ontario Government has established a policy of higher tuition fees for international students studying in Ontario on Study Permits. The policy came into effect as of January 1, 1977, and was revised in June 1996. Beginning with the 1996/97 academic year, the higher fees apply to all students, except for those who qualify for exemption under one of the following categories.

  1. A citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act, or a person registered as an Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act;
  2. A Permanent Resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  3. A visitor who has been admitted to and remains in Canada with official accreditation from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who has entered Canada, or is in Canada:
  4. Visitors and their dependents* who are authorized to work in Canada having been issued a work permit. The following are excluded from this category:
  5. A person and his/her dependents* admitted to and remaining in Canada who:
  6. A person who is a participant in an Ontario government sponsored exchange agreement.

* A "dependent" of a person includes his/her spouse (the party to whom that person is joined in marriage), unmarried child, or spouse's unmarried child. Dependent status must be fully documented and must have been established for a minimum of three years for the student to be classified as eligible.

The foregoing is a condensed version of section 4.1.3 "Eligible International Students" of the 2003-04 Ontario Operating Funds Distribution Manual. For further details, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Note 6 – CanCopy Fee

This non-refundable fee was approved by the Board of Governors in February 1995. This fee is assessed to all full-time and part-time students to recover the student-related share of the CanCopy licence fee. The CanCopy licence provides for indemnity from civil claims related to copyright laws so long as the members covered comply with the provisions of the licence. Details of the CanCopy licence are available in the Libraries, campus copy centres, and academic departments.

Note 7 – Federation of Students

Payment of the Federation of Students fee is required at registration. This fee became compulsory starting Spring term 1992.

Note 8/9 – Federation of Students Health and Dental Plan (Regular/Co-op)

Effective September 1, 2006, the student health and dental plans have combined, these plans are now under the joint administration of the GSA and FEDS. Student premiums are shown in the Schedule of Fees.

Dependent coverage may be obtained on request by paying an additional fee. To enroll dependents, visit www.studentcare.net and follow the on-screen instructions for enrolments.

To opt out of the plan, and receive a refund, visit www.studentcare.net and follow the on-screen instructions for opting out. Annual opt-out is available during the first month of fall term. Winter term students who were not on academic term in the Fall may opt out during the first month of the winter term.

For more information: Visit www.studentcare.net or the Health and Dental Plan Office (Student Life Centre Room 1121A).

Note 10 – Student Co-ordinated Plan

This non-refundable fee was approved by student referendum in January 1992.

Note 11– Student Services Fee

This non-refundable fee is assessed to all full-time and part-time students in accordance with the Student Services Protocol signed in March 1994 and approved by the Board of Governors in April 1994.

Services available to the students include the Writing Centre, the Art Gallery, Health Services (some services), Safety, Student Security Services, the Ombudsperson, Athletics and Recreational Services, Career Services, Personal Counselling, and the International Student Office.

Note 12– Imprint

Imprint is the student newspaper. Payment of the Imprint fee is required at time of fee arrangement. Requests for refunds should be directed to the Imprint office within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures for the term involved as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 13– Radio Waterloo

Radio Waterloo is the on-campus student radio station. Payment of the Radio Waterloo fee is required at time of fee arrangement. Requests for refunds should be directed to the Radio Waterloo office within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures for the term involved as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 14– Sandford Fleming Foundation (S.F.F.)

Sandford Fleming Foundation is an organization dedicated to the development of co-operative engineering education. This fee applies to Engineering and Software Engineering students only and payment is required at time of fee arrangement. Requests for refunds should be directed to the on-campus Sandford Fleming Foundation office, within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures for the term as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 15– Faculty of Science Foundation Fee

This fee applies to Science students including Optometry and payment is required at time of fee arrangement. Requests for refunds should be directed to the Faculty of Science Foundation, within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures for the term as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 16– WPIRG (Waterloo Public Interest Research Group)

WPIRG is a student funded environmental and social research group. Payment of the WPIRG fee is required at time of fee arrangement. Requests for refunds or questions concerning WPIRG should be directed to the on-campus WPIRG office within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 17– Student Society Fees

Payment of the Society Fee is required at time of fee arrangement, but a student who does not wish to participate may obtain a refund by applying to the respective society within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 18– Student Endowment Fund (Accounting, Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Math, Science)

These contributions have been established by foundations or associations controlled by students in their respective academic plans. Proceeds will be used to update laboratory facilities, teaching equipment, or provide course enrichment not otherwise possible. Further details are available from the relevant organizations. Payment of the contribution is required at time of fee arrangement, but a student who does not wish to participate may obtain a refund by applying to the organizations concerned within three (3) weeks after the start of lectures as indicated in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Note 19– Other Costs

The fees shown do not include the costs of text books, class notes, Distance Education Program tape or kit deposits, mandatory supplies, certain accommodation or other costs associated with field trips, or other miscellaneous expenses, some of which are noted below:

Miscellaneous Fees (at time of printing)

Supplemental Examination Fee (Engineering only)
$50.00
Returned Cheques – Handling charge (plus late registration penalty as applicable)
$25.00
Duplicate Tax Receipt
$10.00
To Who It May Concern Letter
$10.00
Replacement of lost or stolen student Photo Identification Card (WATCARD)
$20.00
Transcript of Record – (for each copy)
$8.00
Letter of Permission
$25.00
Teacher Verification Letters
$25.00
External Verification Forms
$10.00
Duplicate Diploma
$20.00

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