TRU increasing cost of domestic tuition

As it has done in previous years, the university’s board of governors is implementing the maximum two per cent hike allowed by the provincial government

Thompson Rivers University will increase the cost of domestic undergraduate tuition by two per cent ahead of the 2019-2020 school year — an annual practise administration said is common among every B.C. university.

A notice of motion to increase tuition was provided to the board of governors, which has opened up a comment period running until March 15. The matter will be up for approval at the board's March 29 meeting.

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A two per cent increase is the maximum allowed for domestic post-secondary students by the provincial government.

According to the university, the increase is needed to offset inflationary costs, but won’t cover the entire amount.

In December, the board approved a three per cent tuition increase every year for the next three years for international students attending TRU. There is no provincial cap on increases for international students.

Tuition and fees for first-year students at TRU are estimated at $5,300. Tuition and fees for first-year international students at TRU are estimated at $18,000.

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