It will cost more for international students to enroll at the University of British Columbia next year.
The board of governors approved a 37-per-cent tuition increase for most undergraduate programs over three years for international students.
But Arno Rosenfeld of the Alma Mater Society says the increases are compounding, meaning the hike is closer to 50 per cent.
“I’m an international student from the United States and I certainly wouldn’t be here if tuition is pegged at that higher rate. My sisters are in high school right now and it’s unlikely that they will be looking at UBC. I think it’s hard to find an international student at UBC who didn’t select it in some part because of the affordability, and unfortunately that’s not going to be a big selling point for the university anymore.”
Roughly 20 per cent of UBC’s student body is made up of international students.
The university says about 61 per cent of the increased tuition revenue will be used on research, teaching and learning.
Some of the money is earmarked for international student financial aid, with a $12-million boost in 2016, about $15 million in 2017 and about $20 million in 2018.
Rosenfeld applauds that decision, but says overall it’s like winning the battle, but losing the war.
UBC anticipates total revenue from the proposed increases across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to be $10.6 million in 2016, $36.3 million in 2017, and $61 million in 2018.