Student Choice Initiative

On January 17th, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced an initiative to give students the option to choose whether to pay or not pay the non-essential supplementary fees. This is the Student Choice Initiative or SCI.

McMaster University has determined the Fall 2019 optional opt-out period between September 12th to 20th, 2019.

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GSA Essential Fees

These are mandatory fees that the students have to pay and do not have the choice to opt out from paying them.

GSA Non-Essential Fees

Students will have option to choose not pay these fees if they will to not access the following resources they are paying for. This includes, GSA Grad Recognition Awards, GSA Club funding, GSA Social Events, GSA Community Enhancement and GSA Advocacy.

However, it would be recommended to pay the non-essential fees as GSA represents the students and through these resources GSA strives to make the grad student experience better at McMaster. By opting out during September, you will not have the opportunity to opt back in when you wish to avail any of the above mentioned services by the GSA.

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