Monday, March 25, 2013

UNBC tuition set to rise for September

Students (and their parents who may shuffle some cash towards the cause) from the Northwest who attend Prince George's University of Northern British Columbia will be digging a little deeper this fall to attend classes.

Through the first three months of 2013, UNBC officials were reviewing a number of options in a bid to reduce their budget shortfall, while seeking to keep education an affordable thing for Northern residents.

With the review now complete and after a weekend of budget consultations, the Board of UNBC confirmed the numbers and announced that in September tuition will be increased by two per cent.

In addition to the tuition rate increase the Prince George University campus will see a number of positions eliminated as the University restructures some of its units and seeks to get a firm grip on the financials for the year ahead.

The University will also seek other savings in such areas as its allocations to capital equipment,  increasing the ways that they reduce their energy costs, while at the same time increasing the number of International Students accepted on campus for 2013-14.

The tuition increase and staff reductions are designed to try and address the anticipated budget shortfall of 2 million dollars.

For those putting aside some money for the fall semester, the tuition for a full time undergraduate student in September will be $4,816 per year, an increase of $94 from last year's tuition bill.

The UNBC increase comes on the heels of a similar increase for the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, which also announced a 2 per cent increase in tuition for the fall.

Some of the Prince George media's reviews of the tuition increase can be found below.

Prince George Citizen-- Tuition hikes, staff cuts coming to UNBC
Opinion 250-- Tuition to rise To Balance UNBC Budget

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