Student Fees

There are four sets of fees for TCSA members at Trent University that comprise what students pay to enroll for courses. The fees are: Tuition, Ancillary, TCSA Membership, and Associated Levies. The fees listed here are applied only to students who have indicated Peterborough as their home campus. Those who have indicated Durham as their home campus should refer here.

TCSA Membership Fees and Associated Levies are created, eliminated, or changed during referenda, during which all members are eligible to vote. Ancillary fees are charged by the university to enhance the non-academic element of campus life, and tuition fees are directed by government regulation and ultimately determined at the Trent University Board of Governors.

The fees charged by credits registered in each semester can be found in the following chart (please note exceptions regarding Transit, Benefits and Summer semester students noted below).

Annual Fees
(Registered in 1.0 credits or less)
(Registered in 1.0 credits or more)
(Registered in 1.0 credits or less)
(Registered in 1.0 credits or more)
(New students)
$11.48  $17.23  $11.48 $17.23   No charge $11.48 
Benefits: $289.65 
 Option to opt-in $289.65  Option to opt-in  $289.65**  Option to opt-in  Option to opt-in
 Transit: $294.63
 Option to opt-in  $294.63 Option to opt-in  $196.42**   Option to opt-in Option to opt-in
 Clubs: $10.00
$3.34  $5.00  $3.33  $5.00  No charge  $3.33 
 Food Bank: $3.50
$1.17  $1.75  $1.17  $1.75  No charge  $1.17 
Student Centre: $101.24 
 No charge $50.62   No charge $50.62   No charge No charge 
CFS Ontario: $7.77 
$2.59  $3.89  $2.59  $3.88  No charge  No charge 
 CFS National: $9.33
 $3.11 $4.67  $3.11  $4.66  No charge  No charge 

Students may choose to opt out of the Trent Student Benefits Plan, with alternative coverage, during the opt out period. Please see our benefits page for complete details.
Students who are not automatically charged for the Transit Pass have the option to purchase a twelve, six, or three-month pass. These are available at the Card Office in Blackburn Hall.
*Per credit charges are calculated by dividing the fall and winter flat rate fee totals by 3.
**January-start students only.

Exceptions: Fees are charged based on the number of credits a student is registered in each semester. For the Benefits and Transit fees, these are only charged in the semester in which you begin your studies i.e. Fall or Winter but not both. Summer semester students will not be charged any TCSA or Associated Levy fees if they have paid those fees in the preceding academic term. For new summer start students who have not previous paid these fees, the per credit TCSA Membership, food bank and clubs fees will be applied.

Associated Levy Fees

A complete list of Associated Levy fees can be found here.

Ancillary Fees

A complete list of ancillary fees can be found here.

Ancillary fees are created and increased by the College and Student Services Committee (CASSC), which is of a 50% +1 majority of elected student representatives. For more information about CASSC, click here.

Students are not eligible to opt-out of ancillary fees. Ancillary fees are not allowed to be used for the general operating costs of the university.           

Tuition Fees

The largest component of the cost to attend university, tuition fees are used to support the academic function of the university. Professor’s salaries, maintenance, administrators and every expense related to academia are covered by tuition fees.

Between 2005 and 2013, Tuition fees were regulated by Ontario's "Reaching Higher Framework" which allowed for a maximum of 5% overall cost increase per year (roughly a $350 increase for domestic students). With Ontario students paying the highest tuition in Canada, and international students paying more than triple the cost of an undergraduate domestic student, there is pressure to lower the cost of post-secondary education by student leaders. In 2013, the Ontario government implemented a 3% yearly cap on tuition fees for domestic students (roughly $200 increase a year) for the next four years.

More information about this year’s tuition fees can be found here.