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U of T students take flat fee fight to court

All arts and science students would have to pay the same tuition, not pay by course

From The Globe and Mail’s Elizabeth Church:

Students at the University of Toronto will be in court tomorrow in a bid to halt the introduction of a flat tuition fee for incoming arts and science undergraduates at its downtown campus this September.

The university’s Students’ Union and the leader of the Arts and Science Students’ Union will ask the Ontario Superior Court for an injunction to stop the new fee structure from going ahead.

The proposal, which would be phased in over three years, would require new full-time students in the university’s largest faculty to pay the same tuition, rather than the current practice of charging by course.

A proposal passed earlier this month would limit the change next year to new students taking four courses instead of five. Under the new system, they would pay the same tuition as undergraduates with a full course load, an increase of about $1,000.

The new policy, which still requires final approvals, would be broadened in two years to apply to students taking three courses. The university expects that once it is fully implemented, the new policy will bring in an extra $9-million to $15-million in tuition fees.

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