TUITION FEES WILL RISE
16.6 PER CENT FOR UNDERGRADUATES IN 2004-05,
seven per cent for graduate students and 13.6
per cent for international undergrads after
the UVic Board of Governors ratified the university’s
The university will use the additional revenue
to meet operating cost increases, provide space
for 372 more full-time students, and increase
student financial assistance by $2 million.
President David Turpin
says the university now has “one of the most robust” student
aid programs in the country, with a total of
$9.9 million available in the coming year. Student
financial aid has also been identified as a university
fundraising priority, with a target of $50 million
in donations for scholarships, bursaries and
fellowships within 10 years.
As well, there will be $687,000 for new course
sections and additional faculty in high demand
areas; an additional $400,000 will be set aside
for library acquisitions; and $100,000 will be
allocated for new resources for counselling services
and students with disabilities.
Michelle Kinney—one of the three student
members of the board who voted against the budget—said
students have “hit the wall” after
three consecutive years of fee increases that
followed a six-year tuition freeze.
The board unanimously passed a motion to write
to the premier and the minister of advanced education
expressing concern about the recent cancellation
of the BC student grant program and encouraging
the government to introduce a replacement program.
total operating budget is $224.7 million, with
tuition providing 34 per cent of operating
revenue. The new tuition increases are similar
to recent decisions at UBC and SFU.
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