International Student Tuition Affordability
- International tuition fees are not regulated and are increasing at alarming rates every year. Fees can increase by as much as 20% every year, which can significantly increase the financial burden on international students. There is no predictability in these fee increases and they are often rolled out with very short notice. International students that cannot gather these funds in time are at risk of being removed from their courses and the country.
- RECOMMENDATION: Amend the Tuition Fee Limit Policy to include the regulation of fees for international students to create fairness, predictability and consistency.
Sexual Violence Prevention Support
- In 2016, Bill 23 was passed which provided a mandate for institutions to implement adequate reporting and resources to support survivors of sexual violence. This mandate resulted in additional costs to institutions and many of them do not have the sufficient funding to implement the needed changes. This act also lacks the oversight and accountability procedures that are necessary to ensure it is effective.
- RECOMMENDATION: Review the sexual violence and misconduct policies across the province and undertake a needs assessment to determine the funding lacks some institutions have. Additionally, develop an accountability mechanism for consistency.
- BC is the only province that does not offer up-front, needs based grants or forgivable loans. These two forms of financial aid provide the assurance needed by low and middle-income background students who are not able to take on large amounts of debt for their education. According to public opinion polls collected by the BCFS, 68% of British Colombians are in support or strongly in support of the up-front, needs based grant program.
- RECOMMENDATION: Increase non-repayable student financial aid options for students from low- and middle-income backgrounds through an up-front, needs-based grants program.