This Tuesday (May 17) the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors will vote whether or not to create fees that could cost students up to $465 a year – the equivalent of a 17% increase in tuition. The university administration claims that these fees are needed to avoid cuts to staff, programs, and services. However these fees would violate the Manitoba Government’s Tuition Freeze as they are effectively an increase in tuition.
The UMSU exec is busy working with the administration and government to find an alternative to this tuition increase. But you can help too!
CONTACT THE U OF M ADMINISTRATION!
Tell them they are circumventing the Tuition Freeze by proposing to increase tuition by 17% for full time students and that you would rather them find another means of generating increased revenue.
Board of Governors Chair
Copy your email to the University of Manitoba Students’ Union
Amanda Aziz, President
CONTACT YOUR MLA!
The Manitoba Government needs to step in and stop the University of Manitoba from breaking the Tuition Freeze policy and adequately fund our University. Contact your MLA and tell them to stop the tuition increase and increase government funding for the U of M. A list of MLAs can be found at http://www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/members/alphabetical.html. You can also e-mail Gary Doer (Premier of Manitoba) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a summary of the fees and what they are for:
REGISTRATION FEE $4.50/credit hour ($135/year for full-time students)
For registration of courses: student ID card, course calendar, registration guide, time-tabling, exam scheduling, course changes, registration services, convocation
STUDENT SERVICES FEE $3/credit hour ($90/year for full-time students)
For the university’s student services: advising services, UMinfo, counselling services, health services, student affairs guide, aboriginal student centre, student employment services, financial aid and awards admin, chaplains, disability services, learning assistance centre, playcare, student advocacy, safewalk, shuttle bus services, red emergency phones
LIBRARY FEE $3/credit hour ($90/year for full-time students)
For library services: extended hours, electronic ressources, information and reference services, personal assistance with resources, orientation tours, online computer searches, assistance searching electronic database, multi-lingual library service, document delivery, online catalogue, NETDOC databases and online journals
TECHNOLOGY FEE $5/credit hour ($150/year for full-time students)
For technology: e-mail, JUMP, academic computing labs, wireless internet, classroom technology, computer courses, network support and trouble desk, user advocacy