Tagged Tuition and fees

Open textbooks gain momentum

By Fabian Mayer, October 13 2015 — Open textbooks are gaining momentum at the University of Calgary after being used in several philosophy and math courses this semester. The Students’ Union is hoping to promote further adoption by creating a new Open Educational Resources (OER) network. The network will bring together advocates for OERs from…

U of C to implement new $500 admissions deposit

By Fabian Mayer, October 13 2015 — Prospective University of Calgary students will now have to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure their admission. This new policy takes effect in the fall of 2016. The deposit will then be applied to tuition if the student decides to attend the U of C. Registrar Angelique…

Medicine students get refund after fee mix-up

By Scott Strasser, September 17 2015 — Second-year medicine students at the University of Calgary will get some money back this semester after the Students’ Union noticed they were overcharged $75 for their student services fees in the 2015 spring semester. SU president Levi Nilson said they noticed the error this July and notified the…

NDP to consult with students as tuition freeze takes effect

By Fabian Mayer, September 17 2015 — The two-year tuition freeze implemented by the NDP government is now in effect. The party promised the policy in May’s provincial election campaign and the freeze officially began last week. The government also reversed previous cuts to post-secondary funding to help universities make up the money lost from…

University reverses tuition increases

By Fabian Mayer, July 16 — All tuition increases approved last year have been reversed. This includes both the inflation-tied 2.2 per cent increase for all courses and the three faculty-specific market modifier hikes for law, engineering and MBA programs. The University of Calgary Board of Governors voted unanimously for the move after the NDP…

Market modifier proposals revealed via freedom of information request

By Fabian Mayer, June 11 2015 — New documents regarding market modifiers came to light last week after the Metro newspaper filed a freedom of information request. Three market modifier tuition hikes at the University of Calgary were approved by the PC government in December of last year. All 26 of the proposals by the…

Students’ Union works to sell professors on open textbooks

By Fabian Mayer, June 4 2015 — The University of Calgary Students’ Union has reached the final hurdle with open textbooks — getting professors to actually use them. In 2014, $2 million was set aside by the government of Alberta to help develop open educational resources. Open textbooks are open-sourced, licensed under the creative commons…

Student leaders concerned Alberta may scrap inflation-tied tuition cap

By Chris Adams, February 26 2015 — Alberta’s student leaders are worried the provincial government may scrap the inflation-tied cap on tuition in the wake of potential budget cuts to post-secondary education. Current regulations stipulate that tuition can’t be raised more than the rate of inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Tuition increases…

Students’ Union finalizes new market modifier policy

By Fabian Mayer, January 29 2015 — The Students’ Union passed a new policy on market modifiers Jan. 20, saying what the SU expects of university administration before it would consider approving a market modifier proposal.    The policy suggests the university spend more time demonstrating the necessity of a market modifier. This includes demonstrating…

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