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Undergraduate Course Fees Structure - FAQs

This fact sheet addresses the course fees structure for all undergraduate (bachelor) programs.


How are my course fees determined?

Course fees are set for each session and term by the York University Board of Governors, in accordance with the current Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities guidelines. The intention is to provide greater cost certainty to students who decide to attend university.

Every undergraduate student at York University is assigned a fees cohort year based on their year of entry to their program of study. If, for example, you are ‘new’ to York University for summer 2010 or fall/winter 2010-2011, you are assigned the 2010 fees cohort.

Course fees at the undergraduate level are based on the following factors:

  1. The fees cohort year you have been assigned.
  2. The designation of your program as ‘professional’ or ‘regular’.
  3. Your fee category of domestic or international student. (top)

How is the fees cohort year assigned?

In most cases, your fees cohort year is based on the year you entered and completed at least one course in your current program of study at York University:

  • Students who were admitted and completed at least one course at the University prior to the Fall/Winter 2005-2006 Session (i.e. before September 2006) have a fees cohort year of 2005.
  • Students who were admitted and completed at least one course at the University in fall/winter 2006-2007 have a fees cohort year of 2006.
  • Students who were admitted and completed at least one course in summer 2007 or fall/winter 2007-2008 have a fees cohort year of 2007.
  • Students who are admitted and complete at least one course in summer 2008 or fall/winter 2008-2009 will have a fees cohort year of 2008.
  • Students who are admitted and complete at least one course in summer 2009 or fall/winter 2009-2010 will have a fees cohort year of 2009.
  • Students who are admitted and complete at least one course in summer 2010 or fall/winter 2010-2011 will have a fees cohort year of 2010.

Exceptions are noted below under “Can my fees cohort year change?”. (top)

Can my fees cohort year change?

Yes, your fees cohort will change under the following circumstances:

  1. If you do not complete a course in the year you are admitted to your program, your fees cohort will change if you are readmitted or allowed to defer your admission to the next year.
  2. If you do not complete at least one course over a total of any four or more consecutive summer and fall/winter sessions (two years), you are assigned the fees cohort year for the year in which you ‘reactivate’ your file. For example, if the last session in which you completed a course for your program was fall/winter 2005-2006 and you reactivate for summer 2010, you would be assigned the 2010 fees cohort year because you have not completed a course in the previous four sessions (a two year period). After you reactivate your file, you must complete at least one course in that fees cohort year or your fees cohort year will change each fees cohort year until you complete a course.
  3. If you complete your original program or are accepted into a new program of study, your fees cohort will change to the year you enter the new program. For example, if you are attending York in an undergraduate program in the 2006 fees cohort year and are accepted into the Osgoode JD program for September 2010, you will be assigned a fees cohort year of 2010 for your Osgoode program. You would also be assigned a 2010 fees cohort year if you completed your BA in the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Session and entered a non-degree or second degree program in summer 2010.

If you have previously attended York and go from an undergraduate to a graduate program, your fees cohort will change to the fees cohort year you enter the graduate program. (top)

What happens if I change my major?

Normally changing your major will not affect your fees cohort year. However, your course fees will be affected if you change your major from a ‘regular’ undergraduate program to a ‘professional’ undergraduate program (see below "What is the difference between professional and regular undergraduate fees?"). (top)

What is my fees cohort year if I transfer from another university?

If you transfer from another university, your fees cohort year will be based on the year you are admitted to York. (top)

What is the difference between professional and regular undergraduate fees?

The Tuition Fee Guidelines from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities provide for a different set of increases for undergraduate professional programs. The following programs are designated as professional undergraduate programs at York University:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA, iBBA)
  • Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BASC)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BA, BSc)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BA, BSc)
  • Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)

With the exception of the Bachelor of Design (BDes), which has program-based fees, and the Juris Doctor (JD), all other undergraduate bachelor’s programs are classified as regular programs. (top)

What is the domestic and international fee structure for undergraduate programs?

Domestic and international course fees for most undergraduate programs, with the exception of the Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Juris Doctor (JD), are charged based on the credit value of the course. The credit value can be found following the course number in the course description. For example, SB/ACTG 3120 3.00, has a 3.00 credit value and hence course will be charged at the domestic or international course rate per credit for the Schulich School of Business times 3.00 credits.

The course rate for your program and Faculty can be found at the Course Fees page. Note that in addition to the tuition fees, there are also charges for supplementary fees included in the per credit charge. The supplementary fee details are outlined on each course fee page.

York will publish course fees in advance of charges appearing on student account statements. (top)

How do I know if I am eligible for domestic or international fees?

The domestic or international fee status is determined by the information you provided on your application for admission regarding your status in Canada. You may be required to provide documentation to the Registrar’s Office to verify your eligibility for domestic fees. To get to the information about domestic and international fee rates, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Undergraduate Calendar link.
  2. In the list of calendars available, choose the most recent one and click on it.
  3. In the gray panel on the left, click on Financial Information.
  4. Click on Academic Tuition Fee Categories. (top)

What should I do if my fees have been incorrectly assessed or if my status has changed from international to domestic?

If your fees have been incorrectly assessed or if your status has changed from international to domestic, you must contact Student Client Services to clarify your situation. In some cases you may be required to present certain documentation to have your status changed. Original documents will be required; photocopies cannot be accepted. Student Client Services will advise you as to the necessary next steps. (top)

What is the fee structure for the Bachelor of Design and Juris Doctor?

Fees for the Bachelor of Design (BDes) and the Juris Doctor (JD) are charged by program and not based on enrolments (credits). You may enrol in a maximum number of credits, as specified, for the academic period. Note that the program fee includes supplementary charges. View details at the Course Fees page. (top)

What are supplementary and additional fees?

Supplementary fees are composed of centrally collected ancillary fees and fees collected by the University that are approved by student referenda. They support items such as athletics and recreation, student associations, colleges, the Student Centre and other student run services. These fees at the undergraduate level are charged on a per credit basis, with the exception of the Bachelor of Design and Juris Doctor, which have a single program fee. A breakdown of the supplementary fees may be viewed on the course fee pages for your program. (top)

What are associated course fees?

Some courses have additional charges for consumables such as printed material and supplies. You can check if a course has associated course fees by viewing the information on the York Courses Web site for the course in which you are enrolling. (top)

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