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What are tuition and ancillary fees?

Tuition fees: Fees charged to students representing their contribution towards the operating and capital costs of the academic program delivery and general overhead for the institution. Tuition is the cost associated with delivering programs to students.

Ancillary fees: Fees charged over and above the cost of tuition, which support services and activities distinct from academic programming for the institution.

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What is the Student Choice Initiative?

Effective 2019-20, the MTCU required the implementation of transparency and student choice at each institution known as the Student Choice Initiative. This included a review and itemized listing of all existing ancillary fees and the creation of new categories: Compulsory and Optional fees. Compulsory fees may be charged on a mandatory basis, while optional fees are not compulsory and give students the choice to pay for additional services.

Student Choice Initiative FAQ

2019-2020 Fee Schedule

Below is the fee schedule for tuition and ancillary fees for 2019-2020. For all 2018-2019 fees please click here.

2019-20 Georgian College Fee Schedule (PDF)

Ancillary fees

2019-20 Compulsory (Essential Fees)

A compulsory or essential fee is charged to your student account automatically after you register for courses. You do not have the choice to opt out of paying these fees. See below for a description of these fees.

Academic Support

Applied to services such as peer tutoring or improving writing skills that are not provided through academic program delivery and are not funded by government operating or capital grants. Technology that provides academic support is also included in this category.

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Peer services
  • Writing centres
  • Math centres
  • Transition services
  • Student Advisors
  • Testing services
  • Co-curricular record

Full-time fee: $57.91 per term
Part-time fee: $0.25 per hour

Athletics and Recreation

Applied to costs associated with athletics, recreation and fitness.

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Varsity sports teams (Barrie Campus only)
  • Campus recreation programs
  • Cultural sporting events
  • Fitness memberships
  • Fitness and well being programming
  • Intramural sports
  • Facilities and equipment

Barrie Campus fee: $108.59 per term
Orillia Campus fee: $108.36 per term
Owen Sound Campus fee: $100.30 per term
Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville and South Georgian Bay Campuses fee: $91.32 per term
Part-time fee: $0.47 per hour

*Costs vary by campus based on service level available to students

Campus Safety

Fees that support programs and services that promote on-campus safety, including the prevention of sexual violence and walk safe programs.

Full-time fee: $7.35 per term
Part-time fee: $0.03 per hour

Career Services

Fees to support career related services.

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Career counselling
  • Information sessions
  • Job fairs
  • Job boards

Full-time fee: $15.00 per term
Part-time fee: $0.07 per hour

Education Technology

Offsets the cost of a number of enhanced technology initiatives that directly benefit students, including software and hardware upgrades in student computer labs, the establishment of high-tech classrooms, internet access and an Open Learning Centre for students.

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Network access and support
  • Multimedia classrooms
  • Software licensing
  • Academic workshops
  • Media services equipment loaning
  • Student systems support officer
  • Computer hardware

Full-time fee: $98.00 per term
Part-time fee: $0.43 per hour

Health and Counselling

Access to mental health counsellors on-campus and/or virtually, as well as access to other health services noted below.

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Food locker
  • Cultural/inclusion activities
  • Counselling and mental health services
  • Health services (vaccine, clinics, etc.)

Full-time fee: $48.55 per term
Part-time fee: $0.21 per hour

Health and Dental Plans

Health and dental plans were approved by student referendum and as a result are now a requirement of your enrolment at Georgian College through your membership in the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA). The Plans provide protection and security for eligible students, minimizing the effects of injury or ailments. If you have appropriate alternate health and dental coverage you may opt-out of this service. To opt out, please visit GCSA’s web page.

Full-time fee: $220.00 paid once per academic year

Student Achievement and Records

Fees related to administrative costs of producing documents of student achievement and convocation.

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Venue
  • Decor and staging
  • Catering
  • AV/streaming
  • Ceremony logistics
  • Regalia
  • Printing (programs/credentials)

Full-time fee: $30.59 paid once per program

Student Building

Fees that support spaces and facilities that host student activities and services which are not supported through government operation funding and capital grants.

Barrie Campus fee: $95.39 per term
Orillia Campus fee: $90.17 per term
Owen Sound Campus fee$83.89 per term
Part-time fee: $0.42 per hour

*only applicable to Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound Campuses

Student ID Cards (ONEcard)

ONEcard is the official Georgian College identification card. Features extend far beyond a simple ID – it’s your student card, library card, athletic centre pass, bus pass, and a convenient method of payment for select vendors and services both on and off campus – all in one! It also allows for more variety and convenience than a traditional meal plan.

Full-time fee: $10.69 per term
Part-time fee: $0.05 per hour

Student Transit Passes

The City of Barrie will provide all Georgian College full-time credit students at the Barrie Campus with unlimited access to the city transit system including their accessible transit during semesters that students are enrolled in classes.

Barrie Campus fee: $86.00 per term
*applicable to Barrie Campus only

Optional (Non-Essential) Student Ancillary Fees

An optional or non-essential fee is a fee that is charged to your student account only if you select it during or after registration up until the 10th day of classes. See below for a description of these fees.


Provides graduates with a lifetime membership in the Georgian College Alumni Association.  Non-refundable to non-graduates. Payment of this fee constitutes consent for the Alumni Association and its partners to contact you after graduation about reunions, postgraduate programs, special college events, exclusive discounts on services and key news about Georgian College. You may opt out of this communication at any time.

Optional fee: $54.51 one time fee


To supplement the costs associated with club or association membership and/or participation. For details regarding applicable clubs, please visit your campus GCSA.

Optional fee: $5.00

College Student Alliance

This fee is administered by the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) to provide students with membership in the College Student Alliance.

Owen Sound Campus fee: $3.00 per term
*Applicable to the Owen Sound Campus only

Social Events

To supplement the costs associated with GCSA hosted special events and social activities.

Optional fee: $10.00

Social Innovation

To provide access to enhanced technology and learning materials, giving students skills, knowledge and tools to develop a business plan/community strategy; also provides experiential learning.

Barrie and Orillia Campuses fee: $25.00 per term
*Applicable to Barrie and Orillia Campuses only

2018-2019 Fee Schedule

2017-18 Georgian College Fee Schedule (PDF)

2018-19 Georgian College Fee Schedule (PDF)

Some programs include work terms to which tuition and related fees are not applicable.

ANCILLARY FEES 2017-18 2018-19
Activity $117.29 $117.29 to $146
Athletic activity $44.80 $44.80
College Student Alliance fee: Applicable to Owen Sound and Orillia campuses $3 $3
Education technology $79.50 $94.50
Universal fitness $39.20 $39.20
ONE Card (Student ID) $6.43 $10.69
Social Innovation: Applicable to Barrie and Orillia campuses $25 $25
Universal Bus Pass: Applicable to Barrie campus only $86
Insurance: Paid once per academic year $230 $220
Alumni: Paid once only in first program registration (typically semester 1) $53.44 $53.97
Convocation: Paid once per program; if multiple programs are sought, fee is assessed multiple times $30.59 $30.59
Communication Placement Assessment: Paid once only with semester 1 registration in college certificate or diploma level programs $30 $30
Student success $84.42 $84.42
GCSA Building Fee: Applicable to Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound campuses $30 to $35 $30 to $35
Co-op (programs with co-op option only) $215 $215
Lab fees 2017-18 2018-19
Books and supplies: Varies by program, approximately $500 to $2,000