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Mount Allison has determined it will not offer a tuition rebate to students. The University’s focus remains on meeting individual needs and ensuring students are able to successfully complete their year. Increased supports and services for students are being provided. For more information visit academic support, wellness support, and bursary support.

The University has made this decision based on the following realities:

While the disruption in classes has been challenging for students and our entire community, the end goals have not changed.

The University’s responsibility is to provide the high quality education and experience necessary to prepare students for the next step in their lives, whether that is employment or further education. This responsibility will be met.

In addition, tuition fees are not set according to the number of hours in the classroom, but for the course delivered. A refund would only be applicable if a course or a term was cancelled.

Student tuition covers a wide range of services provided to students.

In-class instruction is only one of the many things student tuition pays for and faculty have restructured courses in order to make the best use of the in-class time available in the revised schedule.

Tuition also funds non-class based programs and services such as the library, wellness centre, academic supports, counselling services, and more. All of these services remained available, and in most cases were enhanced, during the strike. These programs continue to be ramped up in order to ensure students have a successful term.

While the University has determined a tuition rebate is not an appropriate response to the MASU proposal, a number of financial points are worth considering.

The Mount Allison Students’ Union has stated the University saved $856,948 in unpaid salaries over the course of the strike.

The final costs of the strike to the University are not yet known. A number of financial issues will be settled during the binding arbitration process that both parties agreed to. These are costs the University has to anticipate and plan for.

The University also incurred extra costs in providing enhanced services to ensure a successful term for students. Services will continue to be enhanced for the remainder of the term in response to student need and demands.

The University budget exists to serve students. If there is any money remaining in the budget, it will be used to benefit the education and experience of all students.

Offering a tuition rebate to students now would mean decreased services in the future.

The University wants to ensure the success of our current students. That is why there have been enhancements made in the areas of academic, wellness, and financial support.

However, Mount Allison will not make a policy or financial decision that adversely affects the University’s future. Given budget realities, any rebate would eventually have to be financed by diminished student services or increased fees in the future.