By Now you may have heard about Tuition Increases and Market Modifiers which might happen at the UofL, so if you are a student at the UofL, or at any post-secondary institution in Alberta here are a few things you might want to know:
What is a Market Modifier?
A Market Modifier is a Tuition Increase directed at a specific faculty, such increases are meant to bring costs in line with costs for similar programs at competing University’s.
Market Modifiers, also known as Tuition Disparity Increases were last used in Alberta during the 2009/2010 Academic Year, under then Minister of Advanced Education, Doug Horner. At the time the Minister promised that this would be the last time Market Modifiers would ever be used in Alberta.
Fast forward to today and institutions across the province were recently asked by the province to submit a fresh round of proposals for Market Modifiers across the province. These proposals were submitted during the week of October 15th and are now being considered by the ministry of Advanced Education.
I don’t want a Tuition Increase, what can I do?
If you want to get involved with the ULSU’s efforts to fight these protests please stop by our table if you have not already, we will be in the SU Atrium for all of next week. There are petitions and pre-formatted letters that can be sent to your MLA, the Minister of Advanced Education, Don Scott, and the Premier, Jim Prentice, which you can sign at our table, or download at home for your own use. To sign our online petition, follow this link. If you have other suggestions, please stop by the office to talk with one of us, or comment below
The ULSU stands against both proposals submitted by the University of Lethbridge. Below you can find more details on the proposals and our stance.
1.”Management Market Modifier”
This market modifier will be grandfathered in, and will affect any students registering or transferring into the Faculty of Management after April 1st, 2015. The fee will be $100/management course for students registered in the Faculty of Management, with the fee increasing to $125/management course the following year, and finally $150/management course the year after that. This represents a cost of thousands of dollars to students looking to take a Management Degree, and , in addition, it limits accessibility to all majors within the Faculty. Different specializations, such as Accounting or Human Resources have different numbers of required management courses, resulting in certain Management Degrees becoming more expensive than others. Furthermore, we were only notified of this proposals with mere days to go before the deadline for government submission, while the Faculty was not informed at all, and the University did not specify what in the Faculty of Management the additional income would support. In the past, market modifiers implemented at other Universities have seen the majority of funds raised be put into Operating, and not the Faculty they were supposed to fund. Given that University of Lethbridge Administration has no current vision for how to use these funds, the ULSU is concerned that, if approved, these funds will not be used appropriately
2. “Tuition Disparity”
This proposal seeks to implement a tuition increase of $10/course, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year for every student regardless of major and faculty. This will not be grandfathered in. The fee is set to “ramp” up for the two subsequent years; $20/course, and finally $30/course. That represents an additional $300 on top of what you are currently paying, given two five course semesters. Keep in mind that as of last year, you are also paying hundreds of dollars extra in Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees, which were increased from $12.50/course to $37.50/course in 2013-2014. This is, in fact, not a true market modifier, according to the definition that the government has provided, but a general tuition increase.