It’s going to cost a little bit more to get an education at the University of Calgary after the board of governors approved a $450 mandatory student services fee.
The board of governors approved the university’s 2011 budget yesterday, according to U of C provost Alan Harrison.
“It’s been a tough year for us and we’re just trying to balance the budget the best way we can,” Harrison said.
“We were the only University without the services fee and when you add that with the small tuition hike it’s still less than a five per cent increase.”
The fee will be transitioned in over three years beginning in September by allowing students to pay only $150 the first year, $300 the second and $450 by the third year in 2012.
Charlotte Kingston, U of C Student’s Association president, said while students expected the mandatory fee they didn’t expect the board of governors to vote down their motion to have a referendum on what services are included.