Queen's students propose fee to bolster university operating budget

January 26, 2010

2 Queen's University undergraduate students are proposing a $70 optional fee to go towards the school's operating budget in light of the university's projected $8.3-million operating deficit for 2009-10. One of the students, a trustee with the Alma Mater Society, believes contributing to the operating budget would make a difference in the quality of education at Queen's. Based on the students' calculations, Queen's would accumulate more than $1 million in 3 years if half of its undergraduate students paid the fee. The fee's proponents are holding off on proposing the issue in an upcoming student referendum, as a small survey suggested students are not all that aware about the proposal. Queen's Journal (student newspaper)