uAlberta introduces $290 mandatory student fee

March 29, 2010

The University of Alberta's board of governors has approved a new $290 non-instructional fee for all full-time students, down from the $550 fee originally proposed. The fee is included in the university's $1.6-billion budget for 2010-11, which the board passed Friday. A target of trimming expenditures by 5%, or $30 million, was included in the budget, along with the school's staff associations agreeing to furlough days in order to reduce staffing costs. As a result of reducing budget expenditures by 5%, layoffs are inevitable. The Edmonton Journal reports that 4 people working in the technology services department have already lost their jobs, and more layoffs are coming. The operating budget was approved with a $14.7-million deficit. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal | CBC | CTV