Fee Structure for 2017 Cycle

An Update to Ontario High School Guidance Counsellors

The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) is dedicated to providing a responsive, environmentally sound and cost-effective service to Ontario’s universities and their applicants. As such, we are constantly looking for ways to make our application systems more fair and easy to use for the students who apply to universities and the staff who work there.

As thousands of Application Access Code letters are making their way to high schools across Ontario, it marks the beginning of yet another application cycle. We recognize the pressure that students are under in selecting a university, and with so many great universities in Ontario, the decision can be overwhelming. We appreciate the invaluable support guidance counsellors provide to students and their families during these times.

Fee Structure for 2017 Cycle

The OUAC has switched to a new system and undergone some changes in the last few months in an effort to modernize our application systems. Students, parents and educators need to be aware of the new application fee structure that was implemented in the new system.

This fee structure change stems from consultations with high school guidance counsellors, principals and the 20 university registrars we service, to determine a better course of action to encourage students to make their most informed decisions about programs and institutions they are interested in.

Previously, the OUAC waived the cost if a student asked to withdraw a choice and add a new one. However, the move to more “real time” processing has led to a continual increase in multiple changes to applications. Experience has shown this behaviour can create confusion for applicants and for university administrators as to the current status of the application.

OUAC’s fee structure is made up of the following:

  • A base application fee of $150 for the first 3 university/program choices.
  • An additional choice fee of $50 for any additional university/program choices beyond the initial 3.
  • There is no charge for modifying a choice within the same university.

As in previous years, the following remains true: Students may apply to as many program choices they wish, and they are limited to a maximum of 3 programs choices at any 1 university, including affiliates. Students should consult the university information sections in the 101 Application Guide for more information or contact the universities directly.

Guidance counsellors across Ontario were notified in 2011, and were reminded in June and September of this year of the 2017 fee structure. This has also been included in all of the regular September communications and publications mailed to you.

Helping Students Make Informed Choices

In order to make this change as clear as possible to students and parents, we are making wording improvements to our website and applications.

These administration fees help cover the cost of handling applications by the OUAC as well as registrars and university staff. They also cover the cost of the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) and the University Information Program (UIP). The OUF and the UIPs are among several resources available to students to help them choose the best university for them. Other resources include the online 101 Application Guide, the eINFO website and the how-to videos available on the OUAC site.

We strongly encourage students to do their research, with advice from their parents and, of course, their high school guidance counsellors.

We urge you to continue to inform students and their parents of these tools.

We also ask that educators encourage students to submit their applications before the deadline on January 11, 2017 and not wait until the last minute.

The OUAC thanks you for your dedicated assistance in promoting Ontario’s universities as students endeavour to make postsecondary decisions.