Student Choice Initiative

What you need to know about opt-ing out of non-essential supplementary fees

On Jan. 17, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced the Student Choice Initiative (SCI), which provides students with the choice to opt-out of non-essential supplementary fees starting in fall 2019. McMaster University has been working alongside the MSU, MAPS and GSA and the student societies to review their supplementary student fees to determine which fees are essential and non-essential as per the provincial government’s classification guidelines.

The guidelines require that fees supporting essential services are compulsory, and fees supporting non-essential services are optional.

McMaster has developed an online opt-out process that will be available to students (only those starting their studies in the winter term) from January 15 – 20, 2020. During this time, students will be able to go into Mosaic and opt-out of non-essential supplementary fees, should they choose to do so.

In the meantime, the student Account Summary will list all fees, including essential and non-essential fees. If students opt-out of any of the non-essential fees during the opt-out period, the opted-out fee will be removed from the student’s account.

Following the opt-out period, students are required to pay tuition and supplementary fees for the fall term in full by January 25, 2020 to avoid interest and late fees.

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