College hikes tuition

College hikes tuition The Yukon College will be raising its tuition fees this September. The college's board of governors approved a 1.9 per cent tuition fee increase.

The Yukon College will be raising its tuition fees this September.

The college’s board of governors approved a 1.9 per cent tuition fee increase.

The cost of a single credit will go from $110 to $112.

That means costs for a full year will increase by $60 for students taking five courses per semester.

Not all programs will see a change. Tuition for culinary arts, renewable resource management and practical nurse programs, as well as academic and skill development programs, will not increase.

“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, in a statement.

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

Along with increasing tuitions, the college has eliminated the $50 application fee for domestic students applying to the college.

“The application fee can be a barrier to accessing education for some students. Whereas many students are eligible to receive financial assistance with course fees and textbooks, application fees come directly out of their pockets,” Moorlag said.

“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.”

(Ashley Joannou)

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