The university Financial Board promises to listen.
On March 25th, Trinity Western University’s Financial Board announced that it will be endorsing the recommendations put forward by TWUSA for greater transparency and communication for tuition adjustments.
The TWUSA executive council drafted their recommendations in response to the University’s tuition hike for next year. The 3% rise in tuition provoked outcries of dissatisfaction from students, especially due to the lack of warning or clarity provided by the University. Council quickly responded, calling out the University for not giving forewarning to students about proposed tuition increases before most students began planning for summer and fall.
The University has apologized for announcing the tuition changes in the spring and has decided to announce tuition rates for the future as early as the end of October. In the event of exceptional circumstances, the University has also agreed to keep students updated on unforeseen delays.
No finalized budget has been completed yet, however. The University stated that primary investments are being channeled to areas believed to be essential for upholding TWU’s academic quality.
In the past, the University has implemented payments plan options, one-time grants, and additional loans to ease the financial burden of tuition. The University urged students with questions or concerns to go to the Financial Aid Office for help with individual payment plans or to contact Tim Shulba for more information.
The University has also expressed interest in regular bi-semester meetings with TWUSA to discuss ideas and recommendations for TWU’s funding and financial priorities. A task force has been commissioned to review and recommend strategies for future tuition rates and financial aid. They have already met five times and have requested to TWUSA representatives to join them at the next meeting in late April.
TWUSA is encouraged to have received the letter from the University and will remain committed to ensuring students are well prepared for future financial changes at the University.