Fees at Trent University:

There are four sets of fees for TCSA members at Trent University which comprise what we pay to enroll for courses. The fees are: Tuition, Ancillary, TCSA Membership and Associated Levies. These fees are applied only to students registered in 51% of their courses on the Peterborough Campus. Those whose majority of credits are web or in Durham, should refer here.

The TCSA Membership Fees and Associated Levies are created, eliminated, or changed during referenda where 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.

Fees are charged based on the number of credits a student is registered in.

Fees Charged by Credits Registered:

  0.5/1.0/1.5 2.0/2.5/3.0 3.5 or more
TCSA Membership $6.54/Credit $6.54/Credit $32.70 Flat Fee
TCSA Student Benefits * Option to Opt-In $272.89 Flat Fee $272.89 Flat Fee
TCSA Clubs $1.55/Credit $1.55/Credit $7.74 Flat Fee
TCSA Food Bank $0.31/Credit $0.31/Credit $1.57 Flat Fee
TCSA Transit Pass † Option to Opt-In Option to Opt-In $277.59 Flat Fee
TCSA Student Centre None None $96.07 flat fee
CFS Ontario $1.48/Credit $1.48/Credit $7.38 Flat Fee
CFS National $1.77/Credit $1.77/Credit $8.85 Flat Fee
Associated Levy Fees None None Flat Rates
Ancillary Fees Per Credit Per Credit Flat Rates
Tuition Fees Details Details Details

*Students may choose to opt out of this coverage, 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.

Associated Levy Fees

A complete list of Associated Levy fees can be found here. A portion of the levy fees students can opt-out of. Contact the levy group directly for more information. If you have problems with retrieving refundable levies contact the TCSA.


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.