Volume 96, Issue 1

Thursday, May 23, 2002
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Confirmation of the obvious: students pay too much

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Western students are shouldering an increasing percentage of the costs for their education through tuition, according to the 2002-2003 university operating and capital budget passed by the Board of Governors last week.

Western president Paul Davenport said there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of a university's operating budget being funded through tuition over the last decade. "We need to put our emphasis on public funding," Davenport said.

Higher than expected enrollment has contributed to Western's funding woes, Davenport acknowledged. "I am very hopeful, however, given the positive language in the recent throne speech that we are indeed going to receive full funding [in the future]," he added.

According to Bryce Rudyk, executive director of the Ontario Undergraduate Students' Alliance, last week's throne speech by Ontario premier Ernie Eves was ambiguous about the question of post-secondary education funding.

Increasing amounts of the money that universities receive are from private sources rather than from the government, Rudyk explained. "This is a trend we're seeing across the province," he added.

Rudyk said student costs and the issue of funding goes well beyond tuition. "Tuition really only accounts for 25 per cent of [students'] costs while at university," he said. "Financial aid needs to cover the costs beyond tuition, the living costs as well."

University Students' Council VP-education Josh Morgan said he felt more government funding is something both the USC and the university administration support.

"Not only are students contributing to an ever-growing share of the operating revenue, but they're also contributing to an ever-growing share of their own financial aid," Morgan said.

"We have to ensure that any reinvestment [by the province] to Ontario universities [is] directed towards the areas that have been compromised over the last decade," he added.

Davenport said he anticipated government action following the throne speech. "We need to await developments and in particular the next [provincial] budget," he said.

Bruce Skeaff, senior media relations officer at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said it is a university's decision whether or not to raise tuition. "You know the government has a commitment to ensure tuition does not rise [more than two per cent a year]," Skeaff said.

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