Friday, September 17, 2010


I once again agree with my friend Tasha. I think the particularly low tuitions in Quebec are ridiculous. In my case because of some scholarships, McGill for five years including books cost less than $5000. I have donated far more to the Alma Mater over the 25 years since my graduation.
Tuitions should continue to rise. The user should pay. More fundraising from aulmni and other sources is also a good idea.
It’s back-to-school time – and back-to-whining time for some university students. Their beef? Tuition has increased this year by – gasp! – 4%, to an average of $5,138, compared with $4,942 in 2009, when fees were up 3.6 per cent.

Apparently this latest increase is too much for students to take:

“Canada is on the verge of bankrupting a generation,”
intoned David Molenhuis, national chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students, an interest group representing 80 student unions across the country.

In Quebec, where students consistently have the lowest tuition fees, averaging $2,415, the outrage is similar. Tuition is up 4.6 per cent over the previous year. In response, Louis-Philippe Savoie, president of the Federation universitaire bemoaned the fact that Quebec schools had increased tuition for four straight years now, while several Atlantic provinces had either frozen or lowered their fees (of course, he neglected to mention that Quebec’s tuition had been previously frozen for twelve years, at 1994 levels).

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