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New fees and and tuition increase at Northwest Community College

New fees and and tuition increase at Northwest Community College

Northwest Community College will be raising new fees and tuition next year.

The college board unanimously passed resolutions raising tuition 2%, implementing an application fee, as well as a formal grade appeal fee.

The board was presented with figures showing NWCC had one of the lowest tuitions in BC, with the college coming in at around $2,600 while Royal Roads University, Simon Fraser University and BCIT coming in the top three at over or near $6,000.

The board also heard NWCC was the only school in BC without an application fee.

The board passed a motion to implement a $25 application fee that will be applicable to tuition costs once the student is registered.

Originally, the province had suggested a $50 application fee.

There’ll also be a $25 formal grade appeal fee.

The board was told this isn’t a revenue generating scheme, but to prevent serial grade appeals.

Annual financials were also covered, and while the school is facing a financial shortfall for next year, projections show they won’t have to cut any staff positions due to early retirements and shifting of positions between campuses.

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