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Northwest Community College ponders new fees

Northwest Community College ponders new fees

It may soon cost more for students to attend Northwest Community College.
The college is proposing a new $25 application fee for some programs, including university credit and trades foundations, as well as a $25 grade appeal fee.
Jenelle Davies, Secretary-Treasurer with the Canadian Federation of Students-BC, worries that any additional fees, especially in rural communities, will add another hurdle for students.

NWCC says it’s one of the only remaining post-secondary institutions in BC without an application fee.
Communications director Heather Kirk says, even with the added fee, the college remains very affordable.

However, Jenelle Davies sees more problems with the grade appeal fee than affordability.

Heather Kirk says the college doesn’t want to “re-victimize” students who’ve had something wrongly assigned to them in terms of a grade.

NWCC Student Union Organizer Madeline Keller-MacLeod says asking students to prove they can’t afford the fee represents yet another barrier.

The proposed fees will be reviewed by the Northwest Community College Board of Governors at its February 26th meeting.
If approved, they will take effect April 1st of this year.

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