Student Activity Fees

As of January 2019, a number of fees that were previously mandatory have become optional.  This includes the majority of the fees that fund student organizations such as the AMS.  By default, all full time undergraduate students are opted into AMS Membership.  We wholeheartedly encourage you to pay your AMS Membership fees.  Doing so not only allows the AMS to continue running our services, advocating for students, and building an undergraduate community, it also allows you access to employment at any of our services or offices, the ability to join a club, run for undergraduate office, and save money at our services.  Cha Gheill!

MBA Students;
Undergraduate students in;

  • Applied Science
  • Arts & Science
  • Commerce
  • Concurrent Education
  • Nursing
  • Kinesiology & Health Studies

Exemptions: Students 65 years or older, students registered exclusively in correspondence, off-campus or evening courses.

Students registered in 9 or more units (equivalent of 3 courses) and attending Queen’s University are assessed full student activity fees; both mandatory and optional. This assessment is done in the Fall. Students enrolled solely during the winter term are assessed 50% of mandatory student fees.

Undergraduate students who would not normally be charged student activity fees may opt-in at 125 Gordon Hall if they wish to participate in and have access to undergraduate student government activities and services.

Virtually all student activity fees are established by majority votes in campus-wide referenda. In order for a fee to appear on a referendum ballot it must collect signatures in support from 2% of AMS members and/or be approved for the ballot by the elected legislative branch of the student government (AMS Assembly). Most student activity fees are subject to review by referendum every three years, giving students an opportunity to either confirm or reject support for individual fees.

Click here to access the Validation Package for Fall Referendum

Any student wishing to opt-out of any optional AMS or Faculty-Specific Fee—or from the AMS Health and Dental Plans—may do so online from Tuesday, September 3rd until Monday, September 30th.

Click here to opt out of optional student fees..

Please note: tuition is due September 1st, but student activity fees are not due until September 30th. Your SOLUS account should show Future and Current Due amounts.

If you have not paid for your student activity fees by September 1st, this should not affect student card validation or participation in open enrollment.


Students who formally complete their degree program or withdraw from the University must submit their student card to the Office of the University Registrar, Gordon Hall, Room 125 in order to obtain a refund of student activity fees.

Mandatory activity fees are refunded as per the following schedule:

Complete or withdraw by:                                                           Amount refunded

September 30                                                                                   100%

January 31                                                                                         50%

After February 1                                                                               0%

Optional activity fees, including health and dental are non-refundable after the opt-out period ends

The AMS has established a bursary to assist a limited number of students facing significant financial need in paying for their student activity fees. Students can apply for the bursary through the General bursary application available on SOLUS. There will not be a separate application. These are due by October 31st. If you have any questions or concerns about this bursary, please contact the Vice-President (University Affairs).

For more information please consult these documents or contact the Vice President (Operations) at

AMS Student Fee Policy

2019-2020 Fee Slate

Longer Student Ancillary Fee Descriptions

Instructions for Opting Out