WINNIPEG – Tuition is about to get more expensive in Manitoba.
The province is getting rid of a cap that held tuition increases at the rate of inflation. Starting in the 2018/19 academic year, tuition fee increases will be limited to inflation plus five per cent.
The province says this will allow universities to set tuition at rates that “better reflect the cost of delivering programs.”
Part of the stipulation is that tuition in Manitoba remains the lowest in western Canada. If it rises above that threshold, the province will have the ability to deduct a portion of grants to universities, essentially fining them for excessive tuition hikes.
“Manitoba’s post-secondary education system is a key driver of our economy,” explained Education Minister Ian Wishart. “In order to ensure this system is sustainable and competitive, our universities need greater flexibility and less administrative red tape.”
This bill would also remove the process of reviewing course-related fees.
Students are not happy with this bill, and have gathered to protest it at the Legislature.
Students protesting tuition hikes inside Legislative building. pic.twitter.com/0BjpQYMyYb
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