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First-year program fees

Some programs include work terms to which tuition and related fees are not applicable.

Student fees

2014-15 2015-16
Activity fee $83.47 $89.14
Athletic activity $32.50 $40.00
CSAF (Canadian Students Federation fee – varies by program) $2 to $6 $2 to $6
Ed Tech $79.50 $79.50
Universal Fitness $35.00
Student ID $5.67 $5.67
Insurance $233.10 $230.00
Paid once only in first program registration (typically semester 1)
$51.87 $52.39
Paid once per program; if multiple programs are sought, fee is assessed multiple times
$30.59 $30.59
Communication Placement Assessment
Paid once only with semester 1 registration in college certificate or diploma level programs
$30 $30
Student Success $84.42 $112.57
Co-op (programs with co-op option only) $195 $195
Lab fees 2014-15 2015-16
Books and supplies: Varies by program, approximately $500 to $2,000

This information is subject to ongoing review and change.

Student fee descriptions

Provides you with a lifetime membership in the Georgian College Alumni Association. This fee must be paid at the beginning of your program and is a “once only” fee. Non-refundable to non-graduates. Payment of this fee constitutes consent for the Alumni Association and its partners to contact you after graduation about reunions, postgraduate programs, special college events, exclusive discounts on services and key news about Georgian College. You may opt out of this communication at any time.

An assessment process used by Georgian College to place you in appropriate courses.

This fee covers a portion of the costs of administration and services of co-operative education programs. This fee must be paid by students whose work experience is administered by their academic area. This fee is determined on a yearly basis, by program, and does not guarantee employment.

Covers all costs directly related to graduation preparation (i.e., credentials, ceremonies, etc.). This fee must be paid at the beginning of each program and is non-refundable to non-graduates.

Offsets the cost of a number of enhanced technology initiatives that directly benefit students, including software and hardware upgrades in student computer labs, the establishment of high-tech classrooms, internet access and an Open Learning Centre for students.

All full-time postsecondary students are enrolled in the health insurance program. You may opt out of this program if you have proof of coverage under another plan.

This fee covers a portion of construction costs for the expansion of the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound athletic centres.

Applied to costs associated with enhancing the cultural, social and recreational life of students. It is administered by the Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) and the Student Athletic Association (SAA) and includes social, recreational, cultural, leisure, clubs, varsity and intramural sports.

Covers the cost of the student ID card which is required to write exams, pick up OSAP loans, access library services, gain admission to the Student Athletic Centre, borrow athletic equipment, access computer labs and when dealing with service areas.

Offsets the cost of a number of non-academic services available to all students, including Career Services, the Centre for Access, orientation, peer services and others.

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How to pay your fees

Georgian is unable to accept fee payments by credit card or personal cheque. You may pay your deposit (only) by credit card. You can pay:

  • Through your financial institution: This includes telephone and online banking or in person at your branch. The payee is “Georgian College TUITION” and your account number is your nine digit student number. Bank payments will be processed within three days, so please pay prior to the deadline.
  • Credit card payment (for deposit amount only): You can now pay your deposit ($500) by credit card ($2500 for international students). We’re sorry but we are unable to accept fee payments, other than deposits, by credit card. We hope to have full online payment service available soon – you will receive an email with details once this option is ready.
  • In person: You can pay debit, certified cheque, cash or money order. Be sure to write your student number on the back of your certified cheque or money order. If you’re paying debit, please check your daily limit as many banks set limits of $500 per day.
  • By mail: Send a certified cheque or money order by mail to Georgian College, Office of the Registrar, One Georgian Drive, Barrie ON, L4M 3X9. Remember to include your nine-digit student number and allow sufficient time for the mail to arrive by the payment deadline.

Payment deadlines

Check important dates for fee payment deadlines. Learn more about deferring a portion of your tuition and related fees and read the college policy on fee deferrals.

If your payment is not received by the deadline, your place in the program may be given to another student on the waiting list. If there is still a place for you in the program, you will be required to pay a non-refundable late fee of $65. Georgian reserves the right to refuse payments made after the deadline if the program is full.

If you choose to pay the minimum deposit, you agree to pay the balance of your fees by the following dates:

  • Fall semester fees by September 30
  • Winter semester fees by January 30
  • Summer semester fees by May 30

In order to register for classes, your fees must be paid in full by these dates or you must pay a non-refundable minimum deposit of $175 ($3,000 if you are an international student) of which $75 will be used as a deferral fee.

Sponsored students

Students who are sponsored by a government agency, WSIB, employer or any organization providing fees directly to Georgian must provide a supporting letter prior to the fee deadline. The letter must verify the sponsorship and provide an explanation of how and when fees will be paid to Georgian, the amount sponsored and for what duration. Once we receive this letter, we will update your records and you will be able to register into courses.

If you are a Second Career or OSAP student, you must either pay full fees or a deposit to register into your courses.


In order to receive a refund of any fees or to have outstanding fees adjusted if the deferral option was chosen, you must withdraw in writing by the 10th day of classes. Check important dates for withdrawal deadlines.

Withdrawals must be in writing. You are not considered officially withdrawn if you simply do not attend class or if you verbally notify your teacher, registration staff, counsellors or college staff. Please refer to the FAQ What if I change my mind about attending?

Program-specific fees

Flightlab (AVIA1002) introduces the practical aspects of flight from the cockpit of an aircraft thereby enhancing the theoretical portion of our three-year Aviation Management diploma program. The course consists of six hours of in-flight instruction in a four-seat aircraft (along with three other students and your pilot) as well as 2 hours of ground briefing.

Flightlab will run concurrently with Aviation Orientation (AVIA1000) in Semester 1. Aviation Orientation is the theory component of FLIGHTLAB. Upon completion of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • explain aircraft documentation and identify aircraft pre-flight procedures
  • describe weather factors relating to flight safety procedures
  • outline various air maneuvers and emergency procedures
  • explain basic instrument navigation techniques
  • associate weight and balance calculations with aircraft performance calculations
  • explain VOR and ADF tracking
  • verbally demonstrate aircraft handling procedures

Advanced Flightlab (AVIA2001) continues and enhances the principles introduced in Flightlab. It applies VFR navigation theory of the program through cross-country flight and reinforces navigation and navigation aid concepts from the cockpit of an aircraft. The course consists of 5 hours of in-flight instruction (along with three other students and your pilot) as well as 2 hours of ground briefing. Advanced Flightlab will run concurrently with Navigation and Navigation Aids (AVIA2002) in Semester 4. Navigation and Navigation Aids is the theory component of Advanced Flightlab. Upon completion of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • prepare VFR cross country flights
  • participate in a VFR cross country flight
  • participate in an IFR cross country flight
  • explain the operation of instruments used in IFR navigation

After completing both FLIGHTLAB and Advanced FLIGHTLAB, students will have received a total 4.0 hours of ground training and 11 hours of in-flight training. The in-flight training in both courses will be with three other students, plus the pilot, in a four-seat aircraft. The combined 11 hours of in-flight training is designed to enhance training in a cockpit environment at a significantly reduced cost than that of a student obtaining this level of training privately.

Your cost

The cost of FLIGHTLAB is $610 and includes flight and ground transportation. This cost is included in your total first-year fees which are due in June. The cost for Advanced FLIGHTLAB is estimated at $610 and will be due at the same time as your Semester 4 fees (due in March – price subject to change without notice).

If you currently have a PPL, Commercial Pilots Licence or have completed more than 22.5 hours of flight time toward your PPL, you may apply for an exemption from FLIGHTLAB and Advanced FLIGHTLAB. In addition, if you have passed the Transport Canada ground school test, you may apply for an exemption from Aviation Orientation. Exemptions will be granted on an individual basis. Please contact the Aviation Management Co-ordinator at 705.728.1968, ext 1419, for more details.

Ground transportation

Transportation to the airport from the college is included in the FLIGHTLAB and Advanced FLIGHTLAB fees. There will be no weekend flying required unless weather conditions dictate a change in the established flight timetables.

Tool and uniform requirements for culinary labs

Students are required to wear approved uniforms in all culinary labs. This is to ensure that sanitation, safety and brand standards are met in the course delivery.

Culinary students are required to have their complete uniforms for the first week of classes, Week 1, in all practical labs.

Uniforms can be purchased online at or by calling 1. 800.387.0641 (toll free) or 705.721.4313. You will see the detailed uniform requirement, sizing charts and payment methods. The uniform package will be shipped to your home. The package is sold as a kit to ensure competitive pricing from our suppliers.

If you live in the Barrie area, you may purchase uniforms at 21 Commerce Park Drive Unit D, Barrie.

Safety shoe requirements

Safety shoes are not included in uniform kits but are required for labs.

  • Black shoes with slip-resistant soles
  • The stitching in the shoes should be oil-resistant
  • The shoes must be made of a material that will prevent puncture from a dropped knife
  • The material must also be easily cleaned and sanitized and prevent the accumulation of soil that can support the growth of pathogens
  • The shoes must have closed toes and provide arch support

There are many safety companies and manufacturers whose footwear meets these criteria for a reasonable cost. Please note that if you choose a clog-style shoe, it must be designed for the professional kitchen environment (Crocs are not acceptable).

Tool kits

The Culinary program tool kits are a course requirement for Culinary Management, Culinary Skills and Chef Training programs. Tool kits have been designed to work in accordance with program curriculum and are available for purchase through:

Please read and follow the instructions on the website carefully. If you do not have access to the internet, or you require further assistance in placing your order, please call Canada Cutlery at 1.800.698.8277.

Textbook requirements for labs

  • Food Safety Code of Practice – for Canada’s Foodservice Industry, ISBN: 978-0-9811878-0-8
  • On Cooking – A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals, 5th Canadian Edition, ISBN: 978-0-13-800918


David Jones, CCC
Co-ordinator – Culinary programs or 705.728.1968, ext. 1145

Anthony Bevan, CCC
Co-ordinator – Culinary programs or 519.376.0840, ext. 2461

To be successful in the program, you are required to have a personal notebook computer (either PC or Mac architecture) prior to the start of the program that meets or exceeds the following hardware specifications:

  • Intel 15 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 4GB of memory (8 GB recommended)
  • 250GB hard drive

Additional operating systems, security tools and software used in the program will be provided to the student upon commencement of the program.

Estimated expenses for incoming students (fall 2014):


Students who already own photography gear equivalent to the equipment listed below will have lower up-
front expenses.

The Digital Photography and Imaging program at Georgian College has a fully equipped photo studio and computer labs for instructional use. We also offer photo quality printing at very low prices. However, students of the program are required to have a personal camera and certain related equipment that meet the following specifications:

Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera

We recommend either Nikon or Canon if you are buying a new camera. An example of an acceptable Nikon camera would be the D5100 ($500). An example of an acceptable Canon camera would be the T3i ($500). There is great variation in the price of equipment. Generally you get what you pay for. Therefore, while the cheaper models (above) may seem tempting, they may not last as long or perform as well as a higher quality model. Similarly, it can be a good investment to upgrade to the next higher quality zoom lens (e.g., 18-85) at the time of purchase, since the typical lens that comes with a camera (e.g., 18-55) may have limits in terms of usage. Look for student pricing from camera stores and consider purchasing an extended warranty. If you already have a camera, it should be a DSLR model type with the ability to capture camera RAW files as well as video.

A good tripod is an essential tool in photography. Make sure to have a tripod with a pan and tilt or ball head. Do NOT get a tripod with a video head. Once again, a cheaper tripod may be tempting as a purchase but a more
expensive one that is solidly built will last a lifetime and may be the better choice in the long run. An example of an acceptable tripod would be the Manfrotto 055XPROB at $240 with an 804RC2 pan head $90 or 494RC2 Ball Head $100 .

External flash
We recommend that you use an external flash manufactured by the same maker as the camera to
ensure compatibility and the use of TTL flash. The Nikon SB700 ($400) and Canon 430 EXII ($390) are examples of external flashes. A less expensive flash unit from an aftermarket manufacturer may also suffice.

Additional studio equipment
A flash meter is required. The Sekonic Flash Meter L-378 ($400) is a good example. Another excellent meter that is often available used is the Sekonic L-358. Note that prices on used gear vary and that purchasing from a camera store where a warranty is given is HIGHLY recommended. In addition, you will need a Safe Sync to attach to the camera’s hot shoe ($90), which connects the camera to the studio flash by a sync cable.

Other items that you may want to acquire over time:

Photographic accessories
You may wish to purchase additional lenses as well as miscellaneous gear such as a camera bag, memory cards, extra camera batteries, a memory card reader, etc.

Computer and software requirements
Students are not required to have a personal computer and software in order to complete the program, however it is recommended and students find working easier if they have their own computers. Computer labs are available on campus for students.

We recommend that you obtain a monthly subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud for $20/month to be assured that you will have the most current software available. We strongly advise you to wait until you are registered before purchasing software since you may qualify for a substantial student discount on software.

Additional costs
In addition to the up-front costs outlined above, you will need to spend several hundred dollars per
semester on printing, depending on your assignments. In addition, textbooks are required for some courses and their cost will vary from semester to semester.

If you have further questions regarding equipment requirements for the program, please contact or 705.728.1968, ext. 1297.

To be successful in this program, you are required to have a personal notebook computer (either PC or Mac* architecture) prior to the start of the program that meets or exceeds the following hardware specifications:

Hardware ($800-$1,200)

  • Intel i3 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 4GB of memory
  • 250GB hard drive

Operating system (included with hardware)

Microsoft Windows (version 7 or later) or Apple OS X (version 10.7 or later)*

Software ($800)

  • Adobe Photoshop**
  • Adobe Illustrator**
  • Adobe Dreamweaver**
  • Adobe Flash**
  • Microsoft Office***
  • Microsoft Visual
  • Studio***

Total estimated cost: $1,600-$2,000

Your existing notebook computer may satisfy the above hardware requirements.


Scott McCrindle, Co-ordinator, or 705.728.1968, ext.6113


*Mac users will need to be have Microsoft Windows installed either as a disk partition or using a third-party virtualization software package

**All Adobe products are available via a monthly subscription license fee (estimated at $40/month)

***Microsoft product licenses are provided through an agreement with Microsoft Canada at no additional cost

Required hand tools

  • Good quality approved safety glasses and safety boots
  • ¼” drive BASIC ratchet set including standard and metric sockets
  • 3/8” drive BASIC ratchet set including standard and metric sockets
  • Combination wrench set 5/16” – 7/8”
  • Combination wrench set 6 mm – 20 mm
  • Soft-faced hammer (medium size)
  • Ball peen hammer (16oz)
  • Pliers: Needle nose, slip joint and channel lock types
  • Wire stripper and connector/crimping tool (good quality)
  • Diagonal side cutters 6”
  • Feeler gauge set (flat)
  • Spark plug gapping tool
  • Screwdriver set (Philips, flat and Torx)
  • Punch set
  • 12” square
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Gasket scrapper
  • Digital multi meter (reasonable quality)
  • Hack saw (with spare blade)
  • Small flashlight
  • Toolbox (tote or drawer type) small with lock

All tools and toolboxes must be able to fit in a 2ft x 2ft storage cabinet.

Estimated tool kit costs: $500 and up

Suggested location to purchase tools: Canadian Tire

You will also be required to purchase a $125.00 parts/accessory kit per semester directly from the college.


Rob Davidson, Co-ordinator, 705.526.3666, ext. 3725 or

Kevin Janes, Faculty/Instructor, 705.526.3666, ext. 3721 or

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