Last week, the University of Victoria Board of Governors said yes to a 2018-19 budget that contains a controversial clause.
Almost all incoming undergraduate international students will be asked to pay a tuition fee that is 20% more than the current rates, in the upcoming academic year. The budget also recommends a further 15% increase to international student tuition in the 2019/2020 year.
The only students exempt from these price hikes are those who will be enrolling in the university’s undergraduate commerce program – they will face an increase of 6% over last year’s fees.
Existing domestic student tuition will undergo a 2% price hike, whereas current international students are grandfathered into the existing structure, so instead of the 20% raise, their tuition will go through a 4% “inflationary increase”.
Current and incoming international graduate students will also be limited to a 4% increase, except for new Masters of Global Business (MGB) who will pay 20% more in each upcoming academic year, and new Masters of Business Administration Students (MBA) who will have a 14% price hike in both upcoming academic years.
Protests go unheard
In the weeks leading up to the budget vote, numerous students took part in protests organized by the University of Victoria Student Society, to deter the board from saying yes to the 20% price hike.
Both domestic and international students alike emailed the Chair of the Board of Governors, Daphne Corbett, to voice their opposition to the move. However, the budget was approved regardless of student protests.