Concordia University Forced to Table Vote on International Tuition Fee Increase

    MONTREAL, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, under pressure from
students demonstrating outside the meeting, the Concordia University Board of
Governors refused to approve the administration's attempt to raise
international tuition fees by over $1000.
    "Instead of joining students in calling for the federal and provincial
governments to reinvest in universities, the Concordia administration tried to
hike tuition fees," said Noah Stewart, Vice President Communications of the
Concordia Student Union. "The fact that the Board refused to endorse this
increase shows that the administration does not have support for their plan to
exploit international students."
    This is the second time that students have prevented this increase from
being approved; it was first proposed to the Board in September 2007.
International students are already charged tuition fees that exceed those of
domestic students by over 750%, a total far exceeding the cost of providing
their education. At the meeting, members of the Board were presented with a
petition signed by over 2,500 Concordia students as well as letters from a
wide range of student organisations in addition to the Canadian Association of
University Teachers calling on the University to scrap the proposed increase.
    "Concordia Students understand that increasing tuition fees for
international students are a threat to the intellectual, cultural, and
economic benefits that a diverse student population brings to Québec," added
Angelica Novoa, President of the CSU and a Colombian student. "After failing
to pass this increase twice, it's time the Administration realized that
students will not back down and allow international students to be used as
cash cows."

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For further information: Noah Stewart, Vice-President Communications,
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