There will be a new twist in the method of payment of fees when classes begin in two weeks at the University of Saskatchewan.
There will be a new twist in the method of payment of fees when classes begin in two weeks at the University of Saskatchewan. Some students can pay tuition fees with agricultural products. In Saskatchewan that means grain - and the first delivery in exchange for fees was made this week:
Thousands of students who attend universities in Saskatchewan have parents who these days are grain rich and money poor. So students themselves approached officials with a unique barter plan they call Fees for Grain. The University of Saskatchewan and the provincial government approved. They probably had no idea it would have so much appeal. With classes starting a committee of students, faculty and administration is wading through twelve hundred applications received in a space of two weeks. The test is need, not academic performance, and only three hundred and fifty students can be chosen. They represent all the grain university and government need. Among the first applications approved was a seventeen-year-old farmer's daughter from Dundern, Saskatchewan, who's a first-year education student. Marion Evans watched closely as her four hundred and fifty bushels of barley were weighed - and then unloaded into the feed mill of the university animal science department, where it will be fed to experimental cattle. For Marion, those kernels of grain add up to a large chunk of her tuition feed - in a province where grain is still king: