June 20, 2002: College operating budget provides for increased enrolment

      Contact: College president, Dr. Greg Lee, at 604.984.4925, or Shelley Kean, communications liaison, at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) --"An increased operating budget of 10 per cent over last year's will provide 900 additional student spaces at Capilano College," says College president, Dr. Greg Lee.

      The announcement came after the Capilano College board of directors adopted June 18 the College's 2002/2003 operating budget. While facing the challenge of not reducing its services, resources have been redirected within the College resulting in additional student spaces in high demand areas.

      As expected, a 40 per cent increase in student tuition was approved, which is comparable, if not less, than other Lower Mainland post-secondary institutions. Fees are increased to $56.50 per credit hour from $40.37 per credit hour.

      "Our fee increase is similar to the University of British Columbia's, but our tuition remains significantly lower," Lee explains. "For example, an undergraduate Arts student will pay $1,695 at Capilano College compared to $2,661 per year at UBC. We also provide our students with a much more intimate and comfortable learning environment where smaller class sizes allow a higher quality of education."

      Approximately 10 per cent of the increased tuition revenue will be used to augment student financial assistance.

      "Roughly $200,000 of tuition revenue will be used to boost student financial aid," Lee says. "We're trying to ensure that we can provide assistance to those students most in need.

      "Throughout the coming years," he adds, "we are confident that we can continue to provide the high quality of service people have come to expect from Capilano College."

      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 and additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually.

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      For more information, please contact Capilano College president, Dr. Greg Lee, at 604.984.4925.