University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) fees are charged to all registered students in undergraduate studies at UVic each term (graduate students go here). The UVSS is a separately incorporated not-for-profit organization governed by students at UVic that collects fees for purposes designated by students (see table below).

As required by the University Act, all UVSS fees are set by referendum of the members (any UVSS fee paying student) in November and March of each year. Both distance and on-campus students are eligible to vote in UVSS referenda, which are held online on the UVic Webvote System. Full-time fees are $76.60 and part-time fees are $38.30. Co-op students pay part-time fees unless they are taking two or more additional courses.

Distance Students

Distance students who are taking 3.0 credits or more will be automatically enrolled in the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) Health and Dental Plan, effective September 2014.  If you are enrolled in September, you will be charged a total of $288 for a full year of coverage.  If you start classes in January, you will be charged a total of $192. Your detailed coverage is outlined here: http://www.ihaveaplan.ca

Students who do not wish to be enrolled in the UVSS Health and Dental Plan must have proof of alternative coverage.  The opt out deadline for the Health and Dental plan are September 22nd and January 22nd.  Opt outs maybe done online at http://ihaveaplan.ca

Student Fee Breakdown

Full Time Part Time Fee Description
$26.60 $13.30 UVSS Operations: Day to day operations of the Student Union Building, including administrative staff, the board of directors, and maintenance costs.
$8.50 $4.25 Building & Capital Funds: Upgrades to improve the Student Union Building and UVSS services and business, including renovations and capital upgrades.
$1.00 $0.50 Child Care Assistance: a bursary is available for full-time UVic students with proven financial need to receive support for private and on-campus child-care services.
$1.50 $0.75 Ombudsperson: The ombudsperson is an independant, impartial, and confidential resource for students which provides information and guidance on students’ rights & responsibilities, and UVic regulations & procedures. If you have been treated unfairly by a professor or UVic staff person, the Ombudsperson is available by phone and e-mail to provde assistance.
$2.50 $1.25 Clubs and Course UnionsHundreds of athletic, cultural, and interest clubs are free to join due to this fee. There is also a travel pool and special projects fund for providing support for attending academic conferences and special projects.
$8.60 $4.30 Advocacy Groups: UVSS fees fund the UVSS advocacy groups which represent traditionally marginalized groups and work towards social change both on and off campus. These groups are Women’s Centre, Native Students Union, Students with a Disability, Students of Colour Collective, and UVic Pride.
$3.00 $1.50 Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG): A non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and other action in the public interest.
$2.00 $1.00 Anti-Violence Project (Sexual Assault Centre): AVP is the on-campus sexual assault centre at UVic. AVP offers confidential services for anyone who has experienced sexual violence or knows someone who has. Their staff and volunteers are trained to offer emotional support and act as a bridge for anyone seeking counseling, health, and legal services.
$2.50 $1.00 World University Service of Canada (WUSC): Each year, WUSC sponsors three students from refugee camps to pursue their post-secondary studies at UVic and the sponsored students receive Permanent Resident status upon arrival in Canada.
$0.50 $0.25 Government Relations: The UVSS meets with representatives from various levels of government to lobby them on issues that have a direct impact on students. The UVSS forms coalitions with other groups that work on student issues to present a united front on affordable education, affordable housing, public transit, and environmental sustainability. This past year, the UVSS founded the Where’s The Funding? campaign to work collectively for affordable education with students’ societies across BC.
$1.50 $0.75 Campus Community Gardens: The Campus Community Gardens have garden plots that people can rent and grow food in. They also have a designated plot which is used to grow fresh produce for the UVSS food bank. They also do workshops on how to grow your own food.
$0.50 $0.25 UVic Sustainability Project (UVSP): UVSP is an environmental organization which aims to create a more sustainable campus through community engagement, education, and sustainability initiatives such as the UVSS composting program.
$0.50 $0.25 Daniel Jacobs Bursary: An emergency financial aid fund which is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of citizenship, who have demonstrated financial need and who may otherwise be forced to postpone or discontinue their academic career.
$0.40 $0.20 Independent Elections Office: The election office is responsible for running UVSS elections fairly to ensure a democratic process.
$5.00 $2.50 CFUV: Our on-campus community radio station which provides the Victoria community with alternative music and talk shows.
$3.75 $1.88 Martlet: UVic’s independent weekly student newspaper which provides an alternative media perspective about issues and events affecting the university community.
$1.50 $0.75 Emergency Food BankThe UVSS food bank is run by volunteers and is located in the basement in the SUB. The UVSS food bank is available for students to get emergency groceries on a weekly basis.
$0.50 $0.25 International Student BursaryA bursary available for international students.
$0.50 $0.25 Special Events: A fund to throw events to build campus community and help students have fun!
$5.00 $2.50 SUB Renovation: Approved by referendum, a five year fee to turn the SUB into the heart of student life it should be.
$0.75 $0.38 University 101: University 101 is a program that offers barrier FREE, non-credit, academic courses that will introduce students to a wide range of university topics.