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Service fee extended

Students who have an outstanding balance owed to the University by Sept. 30 have been given an additional month before late fee service charges will apply.

“The fees are still due,” said Associate University Registrar Andrew Ness, adding that the extra month is due to problems with the SOLUS system.

“There’s been so many changes in terms of processing that I wanted to make sure that people have enough time to pay their outstanding fees,” Ness said. “This is no different than … any other kind of administrative process.”

The decision was made on Sept. 28.

Normally, any unpaid balance owed to the University would be charged interest at a prime rate, which the Bank of Canada determines at the end of each month.

A University-determined rate of three per cent is then added to this amount, and the figure is divided by 12 to determine the monthly service charge applied to late accounts. Typically, this number sits around 0.5 per cent of the amount owed.

Those receiving student loans have already been granted automatic deferral of payment until January, so this change won’t affect them at all, Ness said.

While most Queen’s students pay their fees on time, a small number don’t, he said.

“If you need to sort this out … it gives you the opportunity to do that without being assessed a fee,” he said.

— Katherine Fernandez-Blance


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