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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 38, No. 6 April 10, 1975


Every year at enrolment the University collects Students' Association fees. Sometime later in the year it gets around to passing this money over to the Association. One might think that, this apart, Studass fees are solely the concern and responsibility of students. One would, however, be wrong.

The Calendar states that all students, other than those not liable for more than $30 in tuition fees, must pay the prescribed Association fee. This fee is fixed by students themselves. It is then, as a formality, approved by Council. Total, or partial, exemption may be obtained by making application to the Vice-Chancellor but can only be granted if he (sic) is convinced that payment of fees, in full, would involve hardship. The implication is clearly that fees may only be waived if people simply cannot afford to pay them. The Vice-Chancellor does not, incidentally, have the power to waive, or reduce, University fees under these circumstances!