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University of Winnipeg shortchanged?

The University of Winnipeg’s board voted to increase student fees Tuesday, while citing growing budgetary concerns from what the university says is disproportionately lower government funding than other Manitoba universities. The numbers show that the U of W gets significantly less per student than the University of Manitoba or Brandon University from the Manitoba government.

The U of W’s per student provincial funding also fares poorly when compared with comparably sized universities in B.C, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces.

Lloyd Axworthy, outgoing U of W president, has called for the U of W’s funding formula to be revised. He announced on Monday that the province has agreed to set up a working group to deal with the issue.

Meanwhile, the U of W has been steadily increasing tuition fees, within a tight tuition cap imposed by the province. Since 2010/11, the university's fees for Canadian students has gone up 8 per cent. However, the U of W's fees remain one of the lowest in Canada when compared to average tuition in other provinces.

Average tuition fees information is from Statistics Canada (2013/14). Provincial funding data is from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (2011/12), while student enrolment figures are from individual universities and Manitoba's Council on Post-Secondary Education. The funding per student has been calculated using Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) enrolment numbers.


Updated on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM CDT: corrects spelling of confirmation

June 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM: Adds graphs on student funding and tuition rates.

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