SAMRU Fees

Membership Fees

The Students’ Association levies a fee for all active members. Membership fees are collected from both full and part-time students on a per semester basis. Your Students’ Association membership fees, combined with other sources of revenue, go toward providing the many student services and programs that exist to help you succeed during your time at MRU and toward operating the Wyckham House Student Centre. SAMRU serves students and to help them succeed.

Students’ Association Fees

All Students’ Association Fees are collected by Mount Royal University on behalf of the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) as per the fee collection agreement with MRU. Any questions on any of these fees should be directed to SAMRU in the Wyckham House Student Centre located in Z222.

General and Operating Fee
($48.09 PT / $100.60 FT)
This fee is levied each semester to provide services and representation to Mount Royal students and to operate the Wyckham House Student Centre. SAMRU runs a 70,000 square foot Student Centre and employs staff to support the Student Governing Board’s mission of serving students. This fee is supplemented by money earned from many of the businesses within Wyckham House. Some of the ways that this money is spent include: dozens of SAMRU student services,  administrative costs, and the cost of operating the Student Centre.

Capital Campaign Fee
($22.26 PT / $40.00 FT):
The Capital Campaign fee funds the mortgage payments (both principal and interest) on the Wyckham House Student Centre expansion. Currently, SAMRU has a $13 million loan to fund the 2008 building expansion. Any money that’s leftover from these payments is kept in a separate account and used for additional work on the Student Centre. This fee was first approved by students in a 1998 referendum, and modified by students at the 2000 general meeting. This fee can increase each year by the rate of inflation, but may not exceed a maximum of $40 for full-time students and $24 for part-time students.

Scholarship Fee
($3 both full-time and part-time):
The SAMRU membership approved a $3 scholarship fee through two referenda. The fee allows SAMRU to provide over $100,000 in awards, scholarships, bursaries, and development opportunities (Experiential Learning Fund) to eligible members (MRU students). This fee was first approved by students in 1998 through a referendum. In a 2015 referendum, students voted to extend the collection of this fee indefinitely.

Health and Dental Fee
($160.32 full-time only):
In the 1990s, students introduced health and dental insurance plans through two separate referenda. These days, the student insurance programs receive top grades among student plans. The usage rate of the insurance programs is consistently excellent (80% to 100%). All eligible students taking nine credits or more in each semester of registration are enrolled in the SAMRU extended Health and Dental Plan.

SAMRU’s finances are audited every year by an external, professional, and reputable accounting firm approved by the student membership. Audited financial statements are presented to students at the annual general meeting for information.

Contact

Finance Manager
Phone: (403) 440-7049
Email: Ming Yang


Other (non-SAMRU) fees

Reflector Fee
($3.87 PT/ $7.55 FT)
The Reflector is an independent news media outlet — editorially, legally, and financially autonomous from SAMRU and all other governing bodies at Mount Royal University. Through an agreement with SAMRU, the Reflector fee is transferred from MRU to the Students’ Association and then to the Reflector. This fee is determined by the Reflector Publications Society Board of Directors.

For more information about the Reflector fee, please contact The Reflector’s Managing Editor, Ivar Bergs, by phone at (403) 440-6268 or by email at managingeditor@thereflector.ca.

If you are curious about fees collected or charged by MRU, please see the MRU Tuition and Fees schedule page on Mount Royal’s website.