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Tuition on the rise at college

Tuition fees will be raised at Okanagan College and the student union hopes it will be to improving students' mental health.  

The Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) and the Board of Governors met on Tuesday at noon to discuss mental health challenges students are facing across the campuses.

“They have decided to raise tuition domestic two per cent ... and for international five per cent,” said Samantha Wall, OCSU internal director.

Wall said the fees for domestic and international students are going up so that funds can be used to improve services on campus for students.

“We focused a little bit less on whether or not to raise tuition fees and more about how to utilize that increase in fees to better service the students through student services, like education advising, counselling and overall health and wellness programs,” she said.

The Student Union asked for the board of governors to find a way to bring back a campus nurse to their institution.

“Mental health is a rising issue for a number of students across the country,” said Wall.

The Board of Governors will be making their budget decision in March.

The increased fees will start for the Fall 2017 semester.

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