College boosts tuition fees

Courses at Yukon College will see a tuition bump starting in September. The college's board of governors has approved a 1.8 per cent increase for credit courses.

Courses at Yukon College will see a tuition bump starting in September.

The college’s board of governors has approved a 1.8 per cent increase for credit courses. That means a full semester of courses will go up a maximum of $60.

Trades pre-employment programs will see a 13 per cent increase from $2,200 to $2,500 per course. This will bring tuition fees for these programs in line with comparable institutions, the

college says.

The cost of culinary arts, renewable resource management and practical nurse programs will not be increased.

“Direction from the board of governors is that Yukon College tuition fees not exceed the lowest one-third of comparable colleges in Western Canada, and this continues to be the case,” said registrar Jennifer Moorlag in a statement.

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

Last year the college got rid of a $50 application fee and introduced an online application form. It credits that change with causing an increase in applications by 38 per cent.

“The application fee was identified as a barrier for Yukoners. Having eliminated it, we are pleased to see more students are now accessing post-secondary education and creating new opportunities for themselves,” said Moorlag.

Tuition and registration fees made up three per cent, or $1.27 million, of Yukon College’s total revenue for 2013/14 of $42.37 million.

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