Mount Allison hikes tuition, extends president's term
Full-time tuition will be increased by $219 a year
Mount Allison University is hiking tuition by $219 and is extending the term of its president for another two years, according to the university’s board.
The university announced the tuition hike on Wednesday and that means full-time students can expect to pay $7,464 annually.
The university said the increase is in line with the cap imposed by the provincial government.
The increase in tuition fees has not been received well by many students considering this year's faculty strike and a refusal to reimburse students for three weeks of missed classes.
Alex Morrison, a physics student who is heading into his fourth year, said Robert Campbell, the university’s president, should understand that many students are upset by this decision.
“Dr. Campbell is saying he's expecting a decrease in students coming to the school, but I would suggest that that decrease in students is because we had a strike and no one's happy here anymore,” Morrison said.
“He's created his own problem and we're the ones getting hurt for it.”
Morrison said the university should take the money they saved on faculty salaries during the strike and use it against this year's tuition increase.
The university said the tuition increases are necessary in order to maintain the quality of services and that delaying them would only increase the financial burden on future students.
Campbell said in a statement that the university offers $2.6 million in scholarships and bursaries to help students with tuition costs.
“Mount Allison is committed to fulfilling its academic mission and providing high-quality programming in a sustainable manner with no long term debt,” Campbell said in a statement.
“This allows us to focus our resources on a compelling student experience, an accomplished faculty engaged in teaching and research, and one of the lowest student-teacher ratios in Canada.”
Campbell’s current contract was extended by two years, meaning he will be in his position until 2018.
Jim Dickson, the chairperson of the university’s board, said in a statement that Campbell’s extension “reflects the board’s complete confidence in president Campbell’s leadership and in the direction he, along with his senior team, has set for the university.”