Concordia Students Defeat $1000 Tuition Fee Increase

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Today student leaders defeated Concordia
University's attempt to pass a $1000 international tuition fee increase from
passing at a Board of Governors meeting by leaving the meeting blocking quorum
from being reached. The unpopular fee increase would have made Concordia one
of the most expensive universities in Quebec for international students. This
was the University administration's third attempt to have it passed this year.
    As previously seen in Board meetings in September and March, students and
faculty heavily opposed the financial exploitation of international students,
seen as a short sighted solution to the universities financial difficulties.
    At the meeting, the University Administration's attempts to put through
several major cuts in essential services and bursaries for students in
financial need were met with opposition from members of the Board.
"Continuously cutting essential services and raising tuition fees leaves
students and the university far worse off while doing nothing to alleviate our
financial problems," said Keyana Kashfi, President of the Concordia Student
Union. "The real issue here is the Administration's failure to join students
in the call for the government to reinvest in our university."
    "As an international student, I am relieved to see that the community
doesn't agree with the administration that international students are cash
cows," added Elie Chivi, Vice President Communications of the Concordia
Student Union.

For further information:

For further information: Elie Chivi, Vice-President Communications,
(514) 562-6791,; Colin Goldfinch, Vice-President
External, (514) 562-5214, (French)

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