Repeal MtA Tuition Increase

Repeal MtA Tuition Increase

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SACKVILLE, NB — The Mount Allison Students’ Union is profoundly disappointed with yesterday’s announcement by Mount Allison University regarding tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. We urge the University to immediately reconsider their stance on whether this is an appropriate time for an increase in tuition and fees. Furthermore, the manner in which the final decision to increase tuition was communicated publicly to the student body (by means of a Tweet from a Mount Allison Office) demonstrates a lack of communication. 
 
These fees include a tuition increase of 4.5% ($395) for Canadian students, bringing their tuition to $9,165. Current New Brunswick students will receive a rebate on this amount as per the MOU signed by the province and Mount Allison in 2018, but incoming New Brunswick students who are not “grandfathered in” by the MOU are subject to Canadian tuition rates. The fees also show a tuition increase of 2% ($360) for International students, bringing their tuition to $18,490.  
 
Additionally, many students living in residence have been financially impacted by the decision to reduce bed capacity by eliminating double and triple rooms. While we support decisions that have students’ safety at heart, it is disappointing that students who intended to stay in double or triple rooms will be made to pay for these necessary upgrades. The fees also see a 2.0% increase in the cost of any type of single room, a decrease of -5.0% (-$250) in the unlimited meal plan fee, and an increase of 10.0% ($274) in the ten meals/week plan. Therefore, the overall cost of living in any type of single room decreased for students in all residences (except for Anchorage and Bermuda) due to the decrease in the cost of the unlimited meal plan. Nonetheless, students who did not intend to stay in a single room this year will still pay more than planned for this necessary upgrade. However, if students are not taking any on-campus courses, the Mail Service ($25) and Fitness Facility ($150) fees will be waived. Additionally, the cost of meal plans has decreased slightly, to reflect changes in the services offered. 
 
This increase in tuition and fees comes after similar increases last year, including a tuition increase of 5.7% ($475) for Canadian students and 3% ($530) for International students in 2019-2020. Back-to-back years of high tuition increases have a significant financial impact on students in regular times, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen and heard that students are unable to find well-paying jobs because of the pandemic. This significantly impacts their ability to fund their education, and a tuition increase only raises the financial burden felt by students. 
 
The University has indicated to the MASU that there will be a considerable increase to the financial aid made available during the 2020-2021 academic year to support students in need. Notably, the University has announced a $400,000 Mountie2Mountie Financial Aid fundraising initiative to provide support to students who are facing unanticipated hardships. The MASU supports any initiative that attempts to increase financial aid for students, but we do not see this campaign as a sufficient counterbalance to the increased tuition and fees. 
 
The MASU is launching this petition calling on the University to reverse their decision to increase tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will be speaking directly to administration later today to reiterate our stance against this raise. The MASU will be developing resources that help clarify how students can apply for financial aid to ensure that any barriers or lack of clarity preventing a student from obtaining this aid are removed. 
 
We call on the University to take direct action in aiding students with their financial difficulties this upcoming year. We do not support any changes that create further barriers for students attending Mount Allison. 
 
The Mount Allison Students’ Union represents all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.