Okanagan College’s board has passed a $92.8 million budget for 2014/15 that includes tuition fee increases for domestic and international students.
“We have seen pressure on our annual operating budget from several fronts. We began this budget process wrestling with an issue that was measured in seven figures,” said Tom Styffe, board chairperson.
“It has led to some tough decisions, including some position adjustments, but we have a responsibility to focus on the sustainability of our initiatives, with respect for student and community demand.”
Domestic student tuitions are increasing by two per cent, while international students – who have not seen an increase in the past five years – will see tuition increase by eight per cent in the coming year.
For a domestic student taking a full-time university transfer arts program at Okanagan College, tuition will increase from $3,203 annually to $3,267. Average tuition among all public post-secondary institutions in the province for an arts program is $3,636 annually. The average among B.C.’s colleges is $2,706 annually.
Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.