uOttawa, MHC raise tuition, while BrandonU faces “difficult choices”

May 28, 2014

2 more PSE institutions have increased tuition in order to balance their budgets. Last week, Medicine Hat College announced a 1% increase in tuition in its balanced budget announcement; and, on Monday, the University of Ottawa’s board of governors voted amidst student protest to accept a balanced budget that included a 3% tuition increase, the maximum allowed by the province. uOttawa will allocate an additional $4.6 million to financial aid to help offset the cost of the increase. Brandon University did not announce a tuition increase; however, President Deborah Poff said that her institution will face “some really difficult choices” following the unanimous approval of its operating budget. She says that relying on surplus funds to cover extra costs is not a sustainable model for the university. In the approved budget, cost increases will be partially recovered from savings in positions. The university also plans to invest in hiring recruitment officers to boost enrolment and tuition revenue. Medicine Hat News | uOttawa News Release | Winnipeg Free Press