York Federation of Students wins tuition refund campaign, but still looking to do more for 50,000 undergraduates

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Since the labour dispute at York University
ended nearly a week ago, the York Federation of Students (YFS) has collected
over 20,000 petitions calling upon the York University Administration to
provide a 12% minimum tuition fee refund for all undergraduate students. The
YFS asked that this refund be provided to students in the form of a cheque or
financial credit that could be applied in future semesters. Today, York
University announced that all students would be able to drop; a fall course or
a full year course and transfer their tuition fees into the upcoming their
tuition fees into the upcoming winter semester, summer semester, or
Fall/Winter 2009/2010.
    "We are extremely pleased with the University's decisions to allow
students to transfer their tuition fees in the form of financial credit for
the upcoming semesters," states Krisna Saravanamuttu, YFS Vice President
Equity. "Due to a labour dispute that was the longest on record for any
Canadian university, York students did not receive the education that they
paid for. The University's decision to heed the YFS call for a refund will be
well received by the undergraduate students at York University."
    The YFS welcomes the Administration's decision but plans on immediately
scheduling a meeting with the York administration to discuss implementing a
tuition fee refund for graduating students.
    "We are pleased by the University's decision to provide a financial
credit, but there is more work to be done for those students graduating this
year," says Saravanamuttu. "We look forward to working with the Administration
to attain a tuition refund for those students who have endured the strike for
the last three months and are ready to graduate this year."

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Krisna Saravanamuttu, YFS Vice President Equity: (647) 448-0576,

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