July 23rd, 2018
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May 3rd, 2018
On Monday, April 30, 2018, UWinnipeg announced tuition will increase by 6.6 per cent. This comes after the provincial government’s decision last year to allow post-secondary institutions to remove the cap on tuition which allows an increase of up to 5 per cent plus the rate of inflation.
The UWSA condemns UWinnipeg for choosing to raise tuition which will further pass the burden of accessibility to education on to students.
“Increasing tuition will affect every student in Manitoba but will provide even more barriers to students living with disabilities, Indigenous students, and international students,” says Morgan Brightnose, President of the UWSA. “UWinnipeg’s attempt to balance their budget at the expense of students demonstrates how far removed UWinnipeg is from their students.”
Over the last year, the UWSA has been actively working to fight the proposed tuition increases.
“The province’s recently announced changes to the student aid and bursary program are a mere distraction from the core issue,” says Zee Morales, UWSA Vice-President External Affairs. “Increasing tuition will only add barriers for our most vulnerable students.”
Anytime tuition is raised, we see this as a failure to provide inclusive and accessible education for all.
We call on the administration to find answers to funding challenges that do not pass costs on to students. We further demand real and meaningful access to UWinnipeg’s budgeting process to ensure students’ voices are present and heard when financial priorities are set.
April 30th, 2018
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March 22nd, 2018
Warning: There are anti-choice protesters on the front lawn outside of Wesley Hall at the University of Winnipeg.
Update: Anti-choice protesters have returned today Thursday, March 22.
For follow-up, please email VPEA Megan Linton at email@example.com
March 14th, 2018
On Monday, March 12, President Laura Garinger attended the release of Manitoba’s 2018 budget alongside the Canadian Federation of Students-Manitoba.
For the second year in a row, Manitoba students are seeing another year of cuts disguised as increases. There is no new money for students in this budget, and once again, it is the provincial government offloading responsibility on to students and the institutions they attend.
- Operating grants for institutions will decrease by 0.8 % or $5,423,000 across the board
- General Loans and Bursaries will decrease by 97 %
- Funding has been eliminated for Health Professions Financial Assistance
The Pallister government promised financial help to Indigenous students while cutting 1 million dollars to the Access Program, which aims to provide university level education for Northern communities, especially Indigenous folks.
Even though the government believes students will get by with these proposed changes, they have already put students in a precarious situation by passing legislation allowing tuition to increase up to five per cent plus the rate of inflation.
With another year of decreased operational funding to post-secondary institution, universities including UWinnipeg will most likely rely on tuition increases to make up their budget shortfalls.
The only solution the Pallister government has for students is to seek out financial aid to pay for their tuition which will leave students with massive amounts of debt to deal with upon graduation.