International Tuition Hike





International students are not cash cows!


On December 14, 2016, a proposal to increase tuition fees for international students in deregulated programs of study, under the guise of cohort pricing, was presented for approval to the Board of Governors. This proposal would have raised tuition fees by 7% for students in business and pure sciences ($23,028 and $19,000, respectively, for 30 credits) and by 9% for engineering and computer science students ($21,464 for 30 credits).  Under the cohort pricing scheme, every subsequent cohort is meant to be more expensive than the last, with the proposed rates of increase in tuition fees for these students as high as $28,000 by 2020!


The CSU found out about the proposed hikes a mere 8 weeks prior to the Board meeting because the administration failed to consult or inform students ahead of time. They also refused to meet with student representatives or the press and did not make the proposal publicly available until two days prior to the Board of Governors meeting, meaning two days before it was scheduled to be approved!


After weeks of mobilization by students, the proposal failed to garner the 60% support needed for approval at the Board of Governors. The opposition came exclusively from staff, faculty, and student representatives, whereas all external Governors either supported or abstained on the proposal. We see this as a manifestation of a severe governance problem within our University processes, with the well-being of the Concordia community is largely at the whim to the decisions of external corporate interests.


We celebrate the fact that these tuition increases were prevented for now, but we also know that it is only a matter of time before the Concordia administration introduces them again. After all, they did pass a tuition increase on international students in June 2008, a mere two months before the beginning of classes. At the time, numerous students had to abandon their studies, crippled by debt, and return to their countries of origin. We call on the Concordia administration to engage in a real and transparent consultation process with the Concordia community about how to address Concordia’s budget deficit, rather than unilaterally increasing fees for students who are already financially precarious while simultaneously handing itself out millions of dollars in severance and exit pay.

The struggle continues… Ce n’est qu’un début, continuons le combat!






CSU Statement - October 30, 2016

January 23, 2017 - This open letter addresses the success of the student mobilization against the proposed tuition increases for international students, and the need to remain mmobilized.

October 30, 2016 - This open letter summarizes what the CSU has learned about the announced tuition increases for international students, our concerns and our position.

Tuition hikes disproportionately impact already marginalized students.
Below is a letter outlining some of the impacts on queer students.

Sebastien's letter 

Here are some articles that have been published in the student press about the tuition hike: