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Photostory: March 24, 2023 BoG Meeting and Halt the Hike protest

Some students protested during the meeting while others were outside, chanting and speaking about their thoughts on the proposed tuition increases.

On March 24, the University of Alberta Board of Governors (BoG) met to discuss the proposed domestic and international tuition increases for 2023-24. The resulting votes during this meeting approved all proposed tuition increases: a 5.5 per cent domestic tuition increase, a 5.5 per cent tuition increase for international students admitted prior to fall 2020, and a 6.5 per cent increase for new international students entering in fall 2024.

In opposition to the increases, BoG members were given a petition with 2,200 signatures and an open letter signed by 1,975 students before the meeting.

In response to the proposed tuition increases, a protest was organized by the University of Alberta Students’ Union (UASU), Halt the Hike, and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). Some students protested in the Council Chambers and others were outside chanting and speaking about their thoughts about the tuition increases.

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