Linking increases in non-instructional fees to student approval was covered this weekend in the Calgary Herald and Metro. From the Calgary Herald article:

The provincial government is getting behind a student proposal that would make it more difficult for universities and colleges to raise non-instructional fees.

Three major student organizations are lobbying to close the “loophole” that allows schools to circumvent the province’s tuition cap by tacking on non-instructional fees.

Under the proposal, schools would have to seek the approval of student councils before they either create new fees or raise existing non-instructional fees beyond the rate of inflation.

If the council refused the increase, the question would be put before the students in a referendum.

We are excited to see the progress on the issue – hopefully there will be more good news to share in the new year.

Giving college students a say on fees gets provincial backing (Calgary Herald)
Students lobby to weigh in on fees (Metro)