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Campus papers preparing for budget realities due to optional 'non-essential' student services fees

Many school papers across the province have been hit hard by these changes
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Following government-mandated changes to tuition fees in January, many campus papers have had to adapt to budget realities.

Many of these papers across the province have been affected by the tuition changes, some even shutting down printing all together.

This according to William Koblensky Varela, Executive Editor of Imprint, the University of Waterloo's student paper.

Imprint is able to rely on advertising for now, but the "non-essential" student services fee could take away some of that stability.

Koblensky Varela says Imprint is in a slightly better place because the paper is not entirely dependent on the now optional $4.35 tuition fee.

"We have eight to ten student jobs that pay $14 an hour, and a ton of volunteer positions that offer people job experience in a world where you need job experience before you can get a job."

He also says UW is a school without a journalism program so Imprint is the university's voice in the region.

"This fee is basically giving students the option to opt out of their opportunity. Where is the choice to let the government pay for this? Or opt out of paying their tuition? It doesn't exist. Instead this $4.35 opt out fee would later be a bigger financial burden than the students paying it in the first place."

Koblensky Varela says in about a month, Imprint could begin to see the affects of these tuition changes.

In the meantime, their team has been brainstorming ideas to create capital while staying connected with other campus papers through a group chat.


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