Concordia University Targets International Students To Pay for Government Under-Funding

    MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Concordia Student Union is urging
the University's Board of Governors to vote down a proposed tuition fee
increase that will force international students to pay an additional $1,000 or
more per year, effective immediately.
    "Instead of joining students in calling for increased government funding,
the Concordia administration is using international students as cash cows,"
said Noah Stewart, Vice President Communications of the Concordia Student
Union. "University budgets have been tightened by years of inadequate
government funding; forcing international students to pick up the tab for
government shortfalls is unfair and dishonest."
    In addition to the already burdensome 5% annual tuition fee increase,
Concordia University President Claude Lajeunesse and his administration are
now proposing a further 10% hike for the 2007-2008 academic year.
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.
    "Exorbitantly high tuition fees for international students are a threat
to the intellectual, cultural, and economic benefits that a diverse student
population brings to Québec," added Stewart. "Dr. Lajeunesse's cynical belief
that university should be a place for the children of the world's elite does
not reflect the values of Concordia students or Québec families."

For further information:

For further information: Noah Stewart (English), (514) 562-6791; Fauve
Castagna (Français), (514) 562-4695

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