NS international students ask postsecondary institution to consider lowering tuition fees

May 25, 2020

International students studying at postsecondary institutions in Nova Scotia are asking schools to consider lowering tuition fees or eliminating differential fees amid the shift to online learning prompted by the pandemic. Beatrice Chiang, president of the Dalhousie International Students’ Association, noted that international students in the province typically pay twice the tuition fees of domestic students, but “won’t make the same level of meaningful connections” that they would have in a classroom or on-campus setting. Other international student concerns outlined by Chiang and other NS international students include financial hardships, the quality of education delivered online, the loss of practical education components, and how the switch to online learning will impact grades. The Chronicle Herald notes that universities in NS are reviewing tuition fees for the upcoming fall semester, noting they have bursaries and other financial supports in place to support students during this time. Chronicle Herald (NS)