Concordia University Board of Governors Vote to Increase International Tuition Fees



    MONTREAL, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Students protested outside the Concordia
Board of Governors' meeting today at 7.30am where the Board approved a fee
increase for International students in the John Molson School of Business and
the Engineering and Computer Science faculty.
    The increases range from $420 per class for Business and $150 per class
for Engineering students. It results to an extra $4200 and $1500 per year for
full time students in these faculties. This, the Concordia Student Union and
Graduate Student Association believe is unacceptable. The CSU President, Mr.
Amine Dabchy hand delivered signed letters opposing the increase from
executives of the other faculties.
    "The sad consequence of this fee increase is that many International
students will be turned away," said Dabchy after the outcome of the vote. "We
will be facing a situation of inevitable decrease in enrollment and Concordia
will lose in its diversity".
    A graduate student councilor, Mr. Erik Chevrier, recommended that "the
government re-invest in education instead of the university charging more
money for tuition from students who are bearing the brunt of the current
economic crisis."
    Both the CSU and GSA voted to oppose the increase at the board meeting.
Alternate courses of action are being looked into now.




For further information:

For further information: Prince Ralph Osei, Vice-President Services,
(514) 562-6791, services@csu.qc.ca


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