University of Wealthy Ontarions
pocket drain," Oct. 3
To the Editor:
Although administration denied calling the high tuition fees international students pay a "cash grab," I'd like to state some facts.
First off, tuition fees for international students at the undergraduate or graduate level increased at public universities in most provinces by between 0.5 per cent and 39.2 per cent, depending on the institution and field of study. The exceptions are Newfoundland, Manitoba and British Columbia, where such fees are frozen.
Secondly, at Western, undergraduate tuition fees range from $12,548 to $42,230, per year, for international students. This is a clear example of how only international students from privileged backgrounds are able to attend this university, not necessarily the smart and driven students.
Administration should take this very seriously and consider several options, such as keeping fees high for students from developed countries (e.g., the U.S.A.), but reducing them for students from developing countries. We could also offer more bursaries or grants to international students who cannot afford the fees.
Western's image as the University of Wealthy Ontarians (UWO) is only supported by the administration's inaction regarding lowering tuition fees for international students.