Manitoba universities seek 10% grant increases to avoid cuts

March 20, 2009

In order to avoid cutting jobs, programs, and services, Brandon University and the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg say they need at least a 10% increase in operating grants. The schools are not sure what to expect in Wednesday's provincial budget announcement, except for the tuition freeze to be lifted. Manitoba's declining K-12 enrolment is on the minds of university officials. Brandon U is budgeting for a 3% enrolment drop, while uManitoba is expecting 1.5% to 2% fewer students. uWinnipeg is looking to make up scholarship losses from the economic downturn's effect on interest earned by, and gifts to, endowment funds. Winnipeg Free Press