Your $50 annual membership in the Student Representative Council (SRC) makes you eligible for hundreds - even thousands - of dollars of benefits during the course of the school-year.
In January, the Conservative provincial government unveiled the Student Choice Initiative. It made what were previously mandatory, tacked-on-to-tuition service fees optional as of the Fall, 2019 semester.
That means that many SRC-supplied campus services and programs are no longer automatically funded. Maintaining those services will now require the support of students when they pay the optional, $50-per-year SRC Membership Fee (listed among the college’s “Non-Essential Incidental Fees”).
Student organizations at colleges and universities across Ontario - and the administrations of those institutions - contend that the services involved are actually very essential to the operation and atmosphere of their schools, and to the general well-being of students.
In the SRC’s case, the $50 membership fee will be funding such services as:
In short, the funding generated by the membership fee covers everything that happens at the college not pertaining strictly to academic functions.
In the SRC’s case, the drawbacks of opting-out and (in effect) cancelling one’s membership may include, for example:
Consider a few of those items:
All that - and all of the other SRC-provided services - for $50. You don’t have to be an Accounting student to figure out that’s a great deal.
The membership fee represents a tiny investment in exchange for HUGE benefits... to make your life as a student - heck, as a person - a bit easier, less stressed, and much more fun.
A two-semester academic year is the equivalent of eight months, roughly 240 days. That means the $50 membership fee will cost you about 20 cents per day. Viewed that way, the change from your “double-doubles” should offset the fee pretty painlessly.
Opt to stay opted-in. It’s a cheap price for some priceless services.