Principal Deane lobbies to end university tuition fee freeze

University requires funding to meet student needs 

The University will maintain its commitment to financial aid for students.

Principal Patrick Deane is lobbying the provincial government to end the current tuition fee freeze—to ensure the University receives adequate funding.

The Government of Ontario reduced tuition fees by 10 per cent and froze fees for funding-eligible domestic students in 2019. In March, they extended the freeze through the 2022-23 academic year.

In his report to Senate on Nov. 1, Deane said he’s continuing to lobby the provincial government along with the Council of Ontario Universities and other university presidents to end tuition freezes.

“No decision has been made as of yet, but discussions are ongoing,” Deane wrote in his report.

Stagnant government grants and tuition fees coupled with pressures, such as rising costs and inflation, have hindered financial planning at postsecondary institutions, according to the University.

“Universities need adequate funding to continue to fulfill their mission and meet the needs of students,” the University said in a statement to The Journal.

The University said Ontario’s post-secondary institutions depend on tuition fees and government grants, which cover the operating costs of learning missions and teaching. 

The process to apply for financial aid remains the same, and the University will maintain its commitment to prioritizing financial aid resources for those with need.

“Queen’s remains committed to supporting access to post-secondary education, particularly for low-income families,” the University said.

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