UoGuelph board approves budget, tuition increases amid student protest

April 15, 2014

Students from the University of Guelph led a silent protest as the board of governors approved the 2014-15 operating budget, which includes tuition increases as part of efforts to address a projected $32.4-million deficit by 2016-17. Entering and continuing undergraduate students will see a 2.81% increase, undergraduate students in professional programs will see a 4-5% increase, graduate tuition will increase by 2% for entering and continuing students, and tuition for new international students will increase by 1%. UoGuelph asked its colleges in November 2013 to find cost-saving measures; once these are implemented in 2014-15, administrators project savings of $7.6 million, dropping the overall projected deficit to $25.4 million. Students protested the rise in tuition rates as well as the closure of the Kemptville and Alfred agricultural campuses. Board student representative Ana-Paula Becerra spoke against the tuition increases, stating, “[students] are bearing the cost of chronic underfunding." UoGuelph News Release | Guelph Mercury