University of Victoria students are protesting a decision by the university’s board of governors to increase tuition fees for international students by 15 per cent. The latest increase will be on top of a 20 per cent increase already since 2017.

Phil Henderson is a student who joined the protest. He said:

A lot of [international students] are really scraping by. That dire situation is only compounded by Victoria’s very serious housing crisis and highly restrictive visas that limit when and where they can work.

The fee increase on affects international students studying at the University of Victoria. Domestic students are protected by a tuition cap imposed by law.

A University of Victoria spokesman said that its intention to raise tuition for international students have been public of three years and, despite the increases, international student fees are still lower than other similar universities.

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