ACORN’s Life section

You can get to ACORN’s Life section via the left navigation menu. The pages in this area focus on the various resources that you can take advantage of on campus to enhance your student life, such as:

Health and Wellness

Find information and resources for various services that your campus offers regarding your health and safety.

Involvement

Learn about extra-curricular activities that you can participate in through the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), student organizations, clubs, mentorship programs and more.

Jobs & Career Planning

This screen provides information on part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities, programs, workshops and services to help you prepare for your career and earn money while you study.

Accessibility & Equity

Learn about services available for students who require assistance or information regarding accessibility and equity at the university.

International Opportunities

Learn about the Centre for International Experience, explore international study and research opportunities and keep up-to-date with travel advisories. 

Housing

Here you can find information on housing advertisements, finding roommates, and applying for on-campus residence. 

Family Care

If you require care for a child, adult or senior family member, this page will direct you to the appropriate services at the university. 

How do I use the Financial Planning Calculator?

The financial planning calculator is an exploratory tool that anyone can use, from high school students to family members to prospective and current U of T students in any program or division. Use it to plan your upcoming year and get a idea of what it costs to study at U of T so there are no surprises.

Before you begin, you should have a general idea of what you will be studying during the upcoming academic year and what your income and savings will be from all sources. This can include summer job savings, expected job earnings for the upcoming academic year or any financial assistance and awards you have received or expect to receive.

  1. To begin, go to the Financial Planning Calculator and click ‘Start Planning’.
  2. Provide background information by selecting options that currently apply to you, or if you are exploring your options, simply select which options you think apply to you. You can always change them later to see how your expenses will change. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed to the Estimated Expenses section.
  3. Estimate your various sources of income to the best of your ability. The more accurate your income estimates are, the more accurate our calculations and financial recommendations will be. If you have no income to enter for a particular field, you may leave it blank. If you want more information about what belongs in each expenses field, hover over (or tap, on a mobile device) the label you are curious about. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed to step 3.
  4. Based on the background information you provide, we calculate expense estimates for your upcoming academic year. We use educated estimates and calculated averages for many of these values, but feel free to change them to represent your individual situation more accurately. To see information about how each estimate was calculated, hover over (or tap) the label you are curious about. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed to the Summary page.
  5. On the Budget Summary page, you will see a graph displaying your income, expenses and a third bar indicating whether you are projected to be in a budget deficit or surplus.
  6. Below the graph you will find a list of personalized resources and next steps that you can take to find ways to save money or receive more financial support, depending on your situation. If you have a budget deficit, these resources will give you a few approaches to getting back on track.
  7. Want to see what it would cost to switch programs? Live away from home or on campus? Eat out at restaurants a little less and cook more? Use the “Jump to Step” menu to go back and change the information on the form.
  8. If you change any of your initial inputs, click ‘Recalculate Budget’ and you will be taken to the Budget Summary page with an updated budget summary and set of resources reflecting your changes.

If you have any comments on how you used this calculator or suggestions on how to improve it, please let us know via the “Send Feedback” button at the bottom of the calculator.

 

How do I generate a Confirmation of Enrolment letter on ACORN?

Watch a video walkthrough of how to generate a Confirmation of Enrolment letter.

A Confirmation of Enrolment letter is an official document that can be used to verify your status as a student at U of T. If your faculty allows students to generate letters via ACORN and you are currently registered or invited to register in a current or upcoming session, you can download a Confirmation of Enrolment letter in PDF format via ACORN by visiting the Transcripts & Enrolment Confirmation page. If your faculty does not provide these letters via ACORN, please contact your registrar to get one.

This letter is useful for the following purposes, among others:

  • Study permits and Visa applications
  • Banking, including some RESPs
  • Insurance and benefit plans

Before you download your letter, you may customize the following information that it will contain:

  • Include registration information for either the current or upcoming session that you are Registered or Invited for
  • Include or exclude your full-time or part-time status
  • Include and indicate your intended graduation date, or exclude it*

* The Confirmation of Enrolment letter will only allow you to select an intended graduation date if you are a full-time student, and if ACORN has enough information to reasonably predict your graduation date. If you require an intended graduation date on your letter and do not see the option, or if this letter otherwise does not suit your needs, please request a custom letter from your registrar).

  1. From the ACORN Dashboard, go to the “Transcript & Enrolment Confirmation” page via ACORN’s left navigation.
  2. Click the “Customize and Download Enrolment Letter” button.
  3. You will be brought to the Confirmation of Enrolment Letter page. Here you will be able to customize the information that appears on your letter. The information you can customize will depend on whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you are Invited or Registered in only one session. If you are Invited or Registered for both the current and upcoming sessions, you will have the option to select the session for which you want the letter to confirm your enrolment.
    If you are Invited or Registered for only one session, you will not have the option to choose.
  4. Next, select whether you want your full-time or part-time status to appear in the letter. Your current status for the indicated session will be used.
  5. If you are a full-time student or if ACORN has enough information to reasonably predict your graduation date, you will have the option to include or exclude this date. If you select “Yes”, choose the month and year that you intend to graduate.
  6. Once you are satisfied with your selections, click “Download Enrolment Letter” to download a PDF of your customized letter. You must answer every question to download your letter. If you want to change your answers to the questions on the Confirmation of Enrolment form, simply adjust your answers and download your letter again.

Where do the expenses in the Financial Planning Calculator come from?

The Financial Planning Calculator is meant to provide a quick way to approximate what the upcoming academic year will cost, so many of the expenses used are educated estimates or averaged values. Costs for off-campus housing, groceries, entertainment and personal care are based on typical costs of living and eating healthy in Toronto, while tuition, on-campus housing, transportation and meal plan costs are calculated by drawing from more precise data provided by the University and current public transit prices.

What is the Financial Planning Calculator?

The Financial Planning Calculator is an online tool that will help you estimate what it will cost to attend the University of Toronto for one academic year. It will be coming to ACORN in the future, but at the moment it is a standalone publicly-available tool.

Who can use it? Anybody who wants to learn more about costs associated with attending U of T. This includes current U of T undergraduate, graduate and second-entry students, prospective students (high school and potential transfer students), parents, staff or guidance counsellors.

This is purely an exploratory planning tool for you to use; any information you enter will not be associated with you or your financial status at the University.

Learn how to use the Financial Planning Calculator.

My Academic Progress in the Degree Explorer card in ACORN is out of date

If your degree and program progress in the Planning Tools section appears to be out of date, try clicking the “Refresh” icon next to the “Degree Explorer” heading. This will fetch the most up-to-date data about your academic progress. If this doesn’t solve your issue and you think there may be a larger problem, please contact your Registrar and they should be able to help.

Example:

The process of refreshing your Degree Explorer information. After clicking the “Refresh” icon, the information will take a second to load, and then will be up to date.

I don’t see a button to generate a Confirmation of Enrolment Letter

If you don’t see a button or a blue message on the Transcript & Enrolment Confirmation page asking you to contact your Registrar for a letter, this means you are currently not invited to register or registered in a current or upcoming session. Please check back once you are registered or invited to register, and you should be able to generate a letter as long as your faculty allows their students to generate letters via ACORN. In the meantime, please contact your registrar to get a letter.

What if I want my Confirmation of Enrolment letter to include a different graduation date, or if it doesn’t give me the option to include it at all?

ACORN does its best to predict when you might be graduating, plus or minus one year. It can only do this accurately if you are a full-time student. If ACORN does not have all the information it needs to make an accurate prediction for any other reason, you will unfortunately not be able to include your graduation date in the letter. Please request one from your registrar in this case.

What if the Confirmation of Enrolment letter doesn’t contain all the information I need?

Since the letter is automatically generated using your registration information within ACORN, there are limitations with the information we are able to include. If you need a letter that is more customized than what ACORN offers, please request one from your registrar.

What is a Confirmation of Enrolment letter?

A Confirmation of Enrolment letter is an official document that can be used to verify your status as a student at U of T. If you are a Faculty of Arts & Science student, you can download a Confirmation of Enrolment letter in PDF format via ACORN by visiting the Transcripts & Enrolment Confirmation page. If your faculty does not provide these letters via ACORN, please contact your registrar to get a Confirmation of Enrolment letter.

Learn how to generate a Confirmation of Enrolment letter.