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Yukon College raises tuition fees

The Yukon College board of governors has approved a 1.9 per cent tuition fee increase

By Whitehorse Star on January 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

The Yukon College board of governors has approved a 1.9 per cent tuition fee increase to take effect for all credit courses beginning in September.

But it has also eliminated its course application fee.

The price of a course credit will go from $110 to $112, the college announced Wednesday.

A full year of credit courses will rise by a maximum of $60 for students taking five courses per semester.

Vocational programs will rise from $1,650/term to $1,680/term.

The tuition for pre-employment programs will remain stable at $2,200.

Culinary arts, renewable resource management and practical nurse programs as well as academic and skill development programs will see no tuition fee boost.

“We strive to ensure that the price of education at Yukon College does not exceed the lowest one third of comparable colleges in western Canada, and this continues to be the case,” said Jennifer Moorlag, the college’s registrar.

“At the same time, however, the fixed costs of providing post-secondary education continue to rise.”

The college’s senior executive has also approved the elimination of the $50 application fee for students applying to any course or program, to take effect immediately.
“The application fee can be a barrier to accessing education for some students,” said Moorlag.

“Whereas many students are eligible to receive financial assistance with course fees and textbooks, application fees come directly out of their pockets.

“As part of our fee discussion this year, we took a hard look at ways we could reduce this particular barrier for our students and decided that we should eliminate it entirely.”

College revenue for 2012/13 totalled $42 million, of which tuition and registration fees accounted for only three per cent or $1.15 million.

Territorial government base funding and third party contracts cover most of the college’s budget at 52 and 37 per cent respectively.

Moorlag also pointed to a range of improvements to students’ learning experience over the past year, many of which are in response to specific student feedback.

These include:

• the student engagement co-ordinator position increasing from part-time to full-time;

• expanded the hiring of students, including six welcome centre positions and a student recreation assistant;

• the transit initiative, which allows full-time students to use their college ID as a bus pass;

• a new information kiosk in the A wing to assist students;

• new furniture in student areas and mobile device plug-ins; and

• science lab upgrades.

The president of the college students’ council could not be reached for comment on the tuition increases Wednesday nor today.

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