Yesterday afternoon the Dalhousie Board of Governors voted in favour of a three percent tuition increase and an $1473 increase in international student differential fees. This comes an hour after students rallied to freeze fees. The tuition increase works out to an extra $243 for arts students and $276 for science students.
Students are camping out on the Dalhousie quad in protest of a three-percent tuition hike, the maximum yearly increase the government permits.
Students at Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College are demanding a tuition freeze after university administration announced a three per cent rise in fees. Meanwhile, international students are slated to pay nearly two thousand dollars extra next year. Reporter David J. Shuman reports.
As our members are aware, Dalhousie University has decided to continue with their four-year plan to increase tuition by 3%, with international students bearing an additional $1473 per year. Through the survey we conducted and recent advocacy efforts, the DSU and its membership have made it clear that the temporary financial aids the University have implemented do not compensate for the increase in tuition.
News release: “Faculty and students can’t keep doing more with less,” says Dr. Julia Wright, DFA President. “We’re committed to helping Nova Scotia keep its historic place on the map as a centre of learning, and to Dalhousie’s reputation as a leading research university, but inadequate funding is a serious obstacle.
Through the so-called Student Choice Initiative, introduced by Premier Doug Ford’s government on January 17, post-secondary students in Ontario will have the ability to opt out of paying fees for democratically voted-on student services In solidarity with students in Ontario, and recognizing the dangerous precedent this could set for students across the country, students have released a letter calling for legislaiton to be passed in Nova Scotia protecting students unions.