July 10, 2015

Students celebrate victory, continue campaign against tuition fee hikes

ST. JOHN’S—Memorial University’s Board of Regents’ passed a budget that gives students both cause for celebration and cause for concern.

 “While there was some bad news for students in yesterday’s university budget, Memorial University’s Board of Regents’ decision to back down on a 30% tuition fee hike for international students marks an important victory for the students of the province,” said Travis Perry, Newfoundland and Labrador Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “This victory shows that student action works.”

Shortly after the Davis government lifted Newfoundland and Labrador’s fifteen-year-old tuition fee freeze, Memorial University’s administration indicated they would propose tuition fee hikes for international students, graduate students, and medical students, as well as fee hikes for students living in residence. Yesterday, Memorial’s Board of Regents voted to implement some of those fee hikes in the 2016-2017 academic year, and to maintain the tuition fee freeze for international students.

“Thanks to the actions of students, these tuition fee hikes aren’t set to come into effect until fall 2016. This gives us an entire year to educate our university administrators and the government about the value that investing in a tuition fee freeze brings not just for students but to Memorial University and Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole,” stated Perry. “Students remain hopeful that in the year ahead we will be able to show all political parties in the province the importance of investing in high-quality, accessible post-secondary education and encourage the government to reverse cuts to Memorial University and reinstate the tuition fee freeze.”

“We will be running a comprehensive campaign leading into this fall to ensure students’ issues are at the forefront of the provincial election,” said Perry. “Though students are celebrating their hard fought victory against international student tuition fee hikes, our fight is not over.”

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For further information please contact:

Michael Walsh – Newfoundland and Labrador Organiser
709.737.3204 (office) or 709.685.3203 (cellular)