Quebec to fine McGill over MBA tuition fee increase

March 2, 2011

McGill University is facing economic sanctions from the Quebec government over the cost of its MBA program -- the tuition fee has risen by nearly 900%, to $29,500 a year, in an effort to keep the program competitive. The province's education department has opposed the move, saying it undermines the key principle underlying Quebec's university system: broad access. Education Minister Line Beauchamp has requested a list of students registered in the MBA program to calculate financial penalties for McGill. When the university announced the tuition increase last year, officials said it was justifiable because McGill cannot afford to subsidize the program any longer. The president of McGill's MBA Student Association says students have generally supported the institution's decision, believing it has increased the quality of their education. Montreal Gazette | Canadian Press | CBC