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REF NO.: 181
SUBJECT: Provincial government support allows Memorial University to offer students even more competitive tuition fees
DATE: June 5
Students attending Memorial University of Newfoundland this fall will pay less for tuition thanks to the support of the provincial government. Memorial's governing body, the Board of Regents, recently approved a tuition decrease that will see many of Memorial's tuition fees reduced by 5 per cent. The reduction was made possible by the provincial government providing the university with compensating funding.
Tuition for full-time undergraduate students in most programs at Memorial is now $2,670 per year, the lowest in Atlantic Canada, and among the lowest in Canada (only tuition fees at Quebec universities for Quebec students are lower). The board's recent decision will drop that figure to $2,537 per year, effective September 2003.
This is the third year in a row that Memorial has, as a result of the provincial government's support, reduced tuition fees for the majority of its students. The reduction does not apply to medical students, students at the university's Marine Institute and international students.
During 1998-2002 other Atlantic Canadian universities averaged tuition fee increases of 25 per cent. During the same period, Memorial has reduced its tuition fees by 25 per cent.
"We are pleased to be able to lessen the burden of tuition on our students," Memorial President Axel Meisen said. "We are confident that the government will continue to fund Memorial at the rate needed to create and maintain innovative academic and research programs of high quality into the future."
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