UBC wants to raise international student tuition 50% over the next 3 years, on top of a 10% increase approved last year. If the increase is approved, an average degree would cost international students over $150,000.
UBC has also been asking the provincial government to lift the cap on domestic tuition, calling it a “challenge.” When tuition was last uncapped, from 2002-2005, domestic fees rose 84%. A similar increase today would see domestic tuition rise to over $10,000 per year.
- November 24: Standing Committee of the Board of Governors meets. This is where the real talk happens before the official vote.
- December 3: Board of Governors meeting where they will vote on the proposed increases.
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The Board of Governors’ instruction to raise fees relies heavily on meeting goals related to terms like “best”, “value” and “excellence”. However, there has been no definition of what these words mean in real terms of what the university would look like and why tuition increases are necessary to achieving standards such as “excellence”.
That lack of data means there is no obvious way for the university to track the economic diversity impact of what will amount to over a 50 per cent increase in international tuition over four years if the Board of Governors signs off on the increase at their November meeting.
“I know that everyone needs money at this university but I stand by the statement that although everyone can spend money, few can spend it well,” said student Board of Governors representative Veronica Knott. “I would ask the Board to set the market based tuition as a ceiling, rather than an aspiration.”
UBC’s tuition plan just doesn’t add up (Ubyssey)
It is evident that the benefits of increased tuition are not going to be returned to those students who carry the financial burden.
As it stands, the university will continue to lobby the provincial government for removal of the tuition cap.
Excellence of Exclusion? (The Talon)
We can safely assume that increasing the tuition by such an unreasonable amount will disproportionately affect marginalized groups, making a ‘world class education’ even more inaccessible to many.
When people argue that ‘Canada should take care of Canadians,’ they forget that Canada’s wealth is not solely the product of the contributions of its taxpayers.