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Student Fees FAQ

Covid 19 (Updated September 4, 2020)


Will there be any fee reductions in the fall term since the majority of classes are online?

The majority of classes will be delivered remotely in the fall. We will be waiving the online course fee for fall term, as we recognize that this is a very difficult time for everyone, and are doing this to support our students as they pursue their studies. The fitness centre fee will be waived for the fall and fall/winter terms. This fee provides a membership to the fitness centre, which is currently closed.

Why is there an ‘online fee’ for courses at UWinnipeg?

Even though courses offered online do not require a classroom on campus, there are still delivery costs involved — in some cases, additional costs that are not required for in-person delivery.

In fact, we have understandably seen a huge surge in demand for courses in Spring and Fall 2020. All of these courses are provided remotely — we need staff to teach these courses and additional resources for technology platforms to handle all the demand.

The online fee was waived in the Spring 2020 term and will be waived in the Fall 2020 term as well. 

How much is the online fee?

The online fee is $60 for a 3-credit-hour course and $120 for a 6-credit-hour course.

However, The University of Winnipeg is waiving the online fee for all Spring/Fall 2020 courses. 

We recognize that this is a very difficult time for everyone, and are doing this to support our students as they pursue their studies.

Isn’t the university saving money by having the majority of courses online?

Switching many of our spring and fall term courses to online delivery in a short timeframe was very resource-intensive and time-consuming. UWinnipeg had to incur extra costs to do so.

While it was a challenge, we recognize that it is the only safe way to continue providing education during the public health emergency — and we are committed to providing UWinnipeg students with the best learning opportunities possible under the circumstances. 

Isn’t the University saving a lot of money while most students study off-campus?

Although there are some minor savings when campus is not fully operational, these are offset by the loss of revenue that would normally be earned from many campus operations — such as food services, housing, parking, event space rentals, and the RecPlex.  As well, the government has asked us to find more savings to support the COVID-19 public health effort. Unfortunately, we are under tighter budget constraints than before.

Will any fees be waived while most students are studying off-campus?

For the Spring/Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, the Fitness Centre fee ($43.50) is being waived. This fee provides a membership to the fitness centre, which is currently closed.  Additionally, we are providing pro-rated housing and meal-plan refunds to those who left our campus living (residence) facilities earlier than originally intended.

Why is the RecPlex fee being charged while the campus is closed?

Unlike the Fitness Centre fee, the RecPlex fee is not applied to building usage. It was approved by student referendum to enable construction of the RecPlex and is used to pay the building’s mortgage. The mortgage payments are still required through the Province of Manitoba, so we must continue to levy the fee.

Which other fees are still being collected?

We are working to provide the best remote learning experience that we can — as well as offering remote delivery of most student services. The fees that are levied for our operations are being used to support these activities. For example, the student registration fee, information technology fee, and student services fee are all being collected and applied towards the ongoing (remote) delivery of our services. 

What about student association fees?

Some fees, including the U-Pass, are collected by the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. Questions related to these fees should be directed to the UWSA at 204.786.9792 | uwsa@theuwsa.ca 

Where can I find out more about fees at UWinnipeg?

Please visit this page for full University of Winnipeg fee information.