CFS releases open letter requesting tuition waivers, time and funding extensions for grad students

April 23, 2020

The Canadian Federation of Students has penned an open letter asking governments, funding councils, and senior university administrators drawing attention to the unique issues that graduate students are facing due to the pandemic. The letter outlines three key areas for action: implementing a tuition waiver for graduate students for spring/summer tuition; granting an extension on completion time for all graduate students; and extending all of Canada’s Tri-council grants and funding for graduate students. “We have a duty of care to all who work within the sector to prioritize individual wellbeing above all,” concludes the letter. “Taking immediate and necessary measures to respond to the needs of graduate students is a responsible fulfillment of academia’s ultimate purpose.” CFS/FCÉÉ (National)