You may have heard of Plastiq if you went to pay your tuition this semester; the “edgy, new” platform for individuals to use their credit or debit cards to pay for bills, invoices, or tuitions. It’s simple to use, all you do is enter your information to sign up, and they’ll send you a confirmation code which you must enter before using their services. Once you’ve figured it out and have added your designated card, you go to make a payment.
Like those of you reading this, I paid my tuition. However, when I scrolled to confirm the payment I noticed a surcharge from Plastiq: a 1.99% charge for their services. I’ve heard various totals around the school, but mine tallied up to $83.10. That may not seem like much, but like the majority of post-secondary students I could definitely use every dollar I can get at this point in my life.
Keep in mind Paypal would allow us to do this same job for free… for us that is.
Plastiq offers something to Concordia that Paypal does not; it’s free to receive Plastiq payments. Paypal, however, would charge Concordia a percentage fee to receive a payment, making it more lucrative for the school to hand over that payment to us.
Concordia gets assured payment, for free, and doesn’t have to handle any of the responsibility other than cashing the cheque. Seems like a great deal for Concordia, and I wish I could be happy for them. But we are the ones trying to make a name for ourselves. We are the ones working jobs on top of being a full time student on top of volunteering on top of extracurricular activities. We are the ones who could use a break, we’re trying to push this world forward while they take every nickel they can get from us.
It makes sense from a business standpoint; after all we are the customers in this transaction. It’s just disappointing to see yet another fee on top of our tuition. Something which was offered for free in previous years has now been taken.
Speaking of cash grabs, if you drive to school you may have also noticed that there is next to no free parking anymore. The community of Highlands complained and have had the streets near Concordia converted into two hour parking.
Two hour parking seems like a fair compromise, unless you’re a full time student. I can’t foresee a time where I will be at school for two hours or less any time soon.
Perhaps we could go and move our vehicles between classes? Not likely, as we only have 5 minutes between classes. Chances are, if you want to drive to school you’re either going to be paying or walking quite a distance.
I understand the concern of the Highlands residents. However, and I’m assuming here, that most if not all Highlands residents moved into the neighbourhood knowing there is a university in the area. Concordia has been a school for almost a century; it’s not a surprise that its students need somewhere to park their vehicles.
Add in an extra 250 students at Concordia this year, and it’s going to make for an interesting year. Either there are going to be an endless amount of parking tickets, or Concordians will be in the best shape of their lives.
I don’t mind walking, and you probably don’t either. However, when it’s -30 plus windchill outside we’d definitely rethink our answers. Perhaps we should lobby city council to have the two hour parking removed, to provide adequate parking for us students. It’s not in the cards for everyone to pay $500-730 for a parking pass.