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UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 2 | Feb. 6, 2003

Board of Governors Approves Tuition Fee Increase

UBC’s Board of Governors voted Jan. 27 to raise tuition fees by an average of 30 per cent for undergraduate students and 20 per cent for research-based graduate programs. Students in professional graduate programs such as Journalism, Architecture and Human Kinetics will see a 20-30 percent increase in their tuition fees. A differentiated undergraduate engineering fee will increase tuition for that program by 40 per cent.

At the same time, the Board mandated that 15 per cent of the 30 per cent base tuition increase be put towards student financial assistance; and that 20 per cent of any tuition increases beyond the 30 per cent base -- such as the new engineering fees -- will be allocated to student financial aid.

Vice-president, Students Brian Sullivan said that this year’s increases were necessary because the university is still emerging from a prolonged period of frozen tuition fees in which the quality of programs suffered.

The additional tuition revenue for 2003-04, estimated at $28 million, will be used to attract and retain top-quality faculty, lower class sizes, improve course availability and financial assistance programs, and refurbish teaching facilities.

The new fee schedule will take effect in May 2003, except for students in the 12-month Bachelor of Education program, who won’t have to pay more until September 2003.

Detailed information on the tuition fee proposal approved by the Board can be found at: http://students.ubc.ca/finance/tuitionpolicy/proposal.cfm.

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