Tuition takes a hike.
University increases tuition for 2013/2014 by $27 per credit.
Trinity Western University has increased tuition again this year by 3.8%, meaning that students will be paying hundreds of dollars more for their education. Admittedly, this is the smallest tuition increase in the last decade, with increases in past years averaging around 6%. However, this “small” increase still starkly contrasts the tuition increases of public universities, which the government has capped at 2%. These come on top of past increases in other forms that include reducing entrance scholarships, ending the free 16th and 17th credits, and increases to overall tuition costs.
The execution of this increase presents concerns about the long-term prospects of education at the
Trinity for lower- and middle-income students. The increases are set to go into effect mere months from now and will jeopardize the financial plans of many students. When short-notice financial decisions are made by the university, it has significant consequences on student finances which can possibly lead to graduation dates being missed or not being able to take a class that is only taught every couple years.
Despite the assertion that the university is planning four years down the road, students have not received a clear picture of what payments will look like in this time period.
It is not uncommon for students to face more than $40,000 worth of debt after graduation, and in an economy where the value of a liberal arts degree is beginning to be called into question, the university has a responsibility to justify that cost to its students. One of the ways this could be achieved is by TWU giving its students a greater voice on the policies of the institution. Students at public universities can petition their government to redress grievances and cost increases, but at Trinity students currently lack the representation to demand transparency and the status to consult collectively with those whom they are paying for their education.
It is important for students to be aware of changes and developments made within the University and to voice their concerns in the appropriate manner.
The graph to the right depicts The Rising Tuition Cost Per Credit over the last decade.