June 23, 2004: Quality education and increased financial aid key factors in Board’s tuition decision

      Tuition makes up less than 29 per cent of the college’s operating revenue. With a 26 per cent increase this year, tuition fees at Capilano College, which offers applied degrees, diplomas and certificates, remain well below those of regional universities.

      Forty-four per cent of the increase will be set aside for student endowments and to assist students who are academically qualified, but economically disadvantaged.

      “Improving financial assistance is an integral part of our approach to tuition increases,” says college president, Dr. Greg Lee. “Investing in our services will allow students eligible for scholarships and bursaries to receive more funding than was available previously.

      “We are keeping tuition down in some areas, reducing it in others and continuing to offer free Adult Basic Education,” he continues. “While many post-secondary institutions are beginning to charge for ABE, Capilano College is committed to offering these classes at no charge.”

      The tuition fee increase sets basic tuition fees at $100 per credit hour. Starting in April 2004, tuition fees for newly admitted international students are $350 per credit hour, as they are required to pay on a full cost-recovery basis.

      “Keeping class sizes small is one of our key priorities,” Lee says. “Low student/teacher ratios, along with high quality services and instruction, all contribute to an enhanced educational experience.”

      Increased tuition fees will further support a number of new initiatives that include improved teaching facilities, enhanced student counseling services, and a better-quality campus life. The planning process also includes renewed emphasis on the college’s regional campuses in Squamish and Sechelt, where programming reflects the unique needs of those communities.

      “Clearly it’s the quality of services we offer that distinguishes us from other post-secondary institutions,” Lee says. “Quality services, including quality teaching, specialized and comprehensive programs, and keeping class sizes small – that’s what we’re all about.”

      Founded in 1968, Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,200 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. The College offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

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