Opt-Out Info

What is a fee-levy group?

Fee-levy groups are organizations that are funded through fees that are collected by the university along with tuition.

Fee-levy groups use this revenue to provide many services, resources and events that the university doesn’t offer, create good on-campus jobs for students, offer meaningful volunteer opportunities that help you learn new skills, and so much more!

What does it mean to OPT OUT of a fee-levy group?

When you opt out of a fee-levy group, the group’s fee that you paid at the same time as your tuition is refunded to you.

Please note that getting a refund from a given group means that you are withdrawing your support from that group and will no longer be able to access its services, resources and events.

When and how can you opt-out?

The Fall 2023 opt-out period will be from September 19th at 9:00am to the 23th of September until 11:59pm.

This form will only be open at the opt-out period

For undergraduate students please use this form

For graduate students please use this form

Please wait 18 to 26 business days from September 25th for an online bill payment to be posted to your account with the refunded amount requested. Please remember the fees will NOT be removed from your account, Tuition is paid and then you are refunded, through an online bill payment made to your account based on the amount requested. It will be shown within 18- 26 business days under the “Payments and Other adjustments” section in your account activity page labelled as an online payment under your Concordia Account.

Winter 2024 dates have yet to be set.

If you have other questions or concerns please email communityconcordia@gmail.com

Please note that this only applies to the groups below, we can’t help you opt-out of any student association, health plan, or university fee

Fee levy information

GroupFee Levy (undergrad)Fee Levy (graduate)
Art Matters8¢ per credit (30¢ per credit for Fine Arts students)n/a
Canadian Refugee Initiative (The Refugee Centre)39¢ per creditn/a
Centre for Gender Advocacy37¢ per credit50¢ per semester
Cinema Politica Concordia7¢ per credit$1 per semester
CJLO43¢ per creditn/a
Community University Television (CUTV)34¢ per creditn/a
Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore14¢ per credit50¢ per semester
Concordia Food Coalition16¢ per creditn/a
Concordia Greenhouse24¢ per creditn/a
Concordia Model UN

Concordia Student Nightline
7¢ per credit

5¢ per credit

CEED Concordia35¢ per creditn/a
CURE Concordia8¢ per creditn/a
Le Frigo Vert33¢ per credit$1.50 per semester
Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG)43¢ per credit50¢ per semester
Queer Concordia2¢ per creditn/a
Sustainability Action Fund25¢ per credit$1.25 per semester
Sustainable Concordia15¢ per credit50¢ per semester
The Concordian19¢ per creditn/a
The Link19¢ per creditn/a
World University Service Canada9¢ per creditn/a

What do fee-levy groups do?

Together, fee-levy groups provide students and the community with diverse resources, services and campaigns, including:
•           ecological and sustainable development campaigns and projects;
•           an international development volunteer program;
•           a gender advocacy center;
•           a fine arts festival;
•           a political cinema series;
•           independent student media (television, radio and print);
•           a natural food co-op;
•           a vegan soup kitchen;
•           a social and environmental justice centre;
•           a co-operative bookstore.

In practice, the work of fee-levy groups takes many forms, such as:

– fostering a safe environment for LGBTQ students;
– promoting safer, healthier, and more affordable food options on campus;
– providing access to affordable textbooks;
– directly financing students working on projects to improve the environmental and social sustainability of Concordia;
– writing and broadcasting stories concerning events, activities, and student government at our school;
and much more!

In addition to these core mandates, all fee-levy groups provide many other tangible benefits to students, such as:

– meaningful volunteer and internship opportunities;
– meaningful job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students;
– mentorship from people with experience in diverse fields;
– skills in running non-profit organizations by participation in assemblies or board of directors.

How are fee-levy groups accountable to students?

Our membership base is students who decide the direction and core mandates of our organizations. If a group currently collects fee levies, it is because the undergraduate student body at large had previously decided to confer that status.

Importantly, fee-levy groups are legally incorporated, have a constitution, hold Annual General Meetings, publish annual reports and have externally reviewed financial statements. Key documents and information are posted on the websites of fee-levy groups, for easy access by members and students.

Along with an ongoing public presence on campus (through services, events, campaigns, projects and more), fee-levy groups maintain transparency and accountability to their members. As fee-levy groups, we may be comparatively bigger or smaller, but we each work hard to the best of our capacities to provide tangible benefits to the Concordia community. We are by and for Concordia students and community.

The idea of community

Concordia University, like any diverse, multifold community, is made up of many different parts, all of which are valuable. The entire Concordia community benefits from having vibrant, engaged, and accountable organizations on campus.

Not everyone will access every fee-levy group during their time at Concordia; in the same way, not every student will go to a CSU meeting or a Stingers game. But these services and initiatives are made possible by all students, and they are therefore always available to all students. One of the strengths the Concordia community is that we support projects and initiatives because many students can benefit from them, not necessarily all of them. The principle of sustainable community is that even though I might not directly benefit from something, it’s still worthwhile to support because it strengthens my community, and by doing so makes all of us better.