Fifteen per cent tuition hike looming for Langara students

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Students might be seeing their loans rise along with 15% of tuition. Photo: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net
Students might be seeing their loans rise along with 15% of tuition. Photo: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net

Langara College wants to increase tuition for new students by $390 over the next two or three years – a 15 per cent increase over current rates.

In a statement released by Langara’s new president Lane Trotter, Langara’s current tuition plus the two per cent annual increase already allowed means the “ability to provide high quality programming and services that lead to student success is diminished.”

The proposed increase asks for a “one-time exemption from the 2% tuition fee increase cap to allow us to raise our fees by $390 for 30 credits (in addition to the annual inflationary increase), lifting our tuition to the mid-point of our peer institutions.”

Thirty credits represents full-time studies over two semesters with five classes per semester.

Proposal needs approval from Province

The proposal needs to be approved by the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education. The statement proposes to spread the increase over two or three years to reduce the impact on students.

Under the proposal, existing students would not be affected by the increases.

In an interview with The Voice last month, Trotter said ,“What I’ve seen which is really cool, the good and the bad of it, is that we offer a really cost-effective, efficient model. The downside to it is that because we have the second-lowest tuition in the province, that poses some challenges sometimes.”

More to come in the April 1 issue of The Daily Voice.

Reported by Bill Everitt

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