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U of C students concerned about proposed tuition increase

(PHOTO: Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS)

Calgary (660 NEWS) — The University of Calgary has released its proposal for a tuition increase.

The post-secondary schools plan is to introduce a five percent hike for undergraduates, seven per cent hike for new students, and an increase of 10 per cent for new engineering and international students.

U of C students are bracing for the worst.

“I know a lot of friends who don’t have a job right now, so a tuition increase is a pretty big deal to them,” said kinesiology student Niloofar.

“It’s screwing us because people have to go to school, get a job nowadays,” said Neal, a 3rd-year bioscience student.

The pressure is going to be felt more for students who have just entered into programs at the university.

“It obviously sucks for me a little more because I’ll have to [pay more] for four years, if it does increase,” said 1st year Bachelor of Commerce student Jacob.

The proposal goes to the University of Calgary’s board of governors in January for approval.

All this comes after the United Conservative Party announced it’s lifting the five-year freeze on tuition fees starting in the 2020-2021 school year.