December 2016

The Merits and Drawbacks of a Tuition Cut at Marianopolis

  Marianopolis College should not lower its tuition costs at the expense of the current extensive student services.

First off, let’s get one thing straight: I’ve come to understand that I am the most frugal a person can be.  This means that in any given situation, I would be the most likely to back out of an initiative that requires a steep financial contribution. However, when picking a CEGEP, I did not sacrifice numerous educational and extracurricular benefits merely for a discount.  In my opinion, it is definitely a counterproductive idea for Marianopolis College to lower its tuition at the expense of student services.

From free student activities to extracurricular opportunities, students are no doubt benefiting from their Marianopolis experience, one that results from the hefty tuition costs we face each semester.  It may be true that the air conditioning system is less than optimal, the cafeteria food is unvaried and overpriced, and that the sports teams have a long way to go to reach the top of Division II.  I, nonetheless, urge you to consider the pros as well as the cons.  Marianopolis has numerous goals concentrated in a particular area of operations.  Despite a limited budget, the College’s student services department strives to the utmost of its abilities to provide an interesting out-of-class experience for everyone attending the institution.college_500x279

Though some may not like to admit it, most of the College’s students profit greatly from services such as free beaver tails, leniencies in terms of club activities, and elaborate Activity Period events, not to mention more crucial services such as free academic and personal councelling. Taken together, these things are enough to entirely clean out a student’s wallet, but instead they are provided for free.  The risk of losing these benefits is simply too high to consider lowering the tuition price.  If the College were to significantly lower the cost of tuition, the steady flow of activity period events and extracurricular activities such as after-school shows and dinners would slow to a halt.  Marianopolis prides itself on being a private school—it cannot simply rely on government subsidies to pick up the tab, and simultaneously remain a school known for an incredible student life and almost illimited opportunities.

Let us not forget about the Marianopolis Millennium Foundation and the MSU contribution, two factors that add to the tuition.  If the College were to waive these expenses, it would likely cause many parents and students to smile from the lower cost.  However, the consequences would be severely felt by the applicants who would not be able to attend Marianopolis due to a lack of financial aid funding.  We should all contribute our fair share of tuition fees, even if it is costly, so that we are all able reap the benefits when they come to fruition.

We could have easily suffered a boring CEGEP experience if there hadn’t been even half the extracurricular resources provided during our stay at the College.  It would have been an experience worthy of the public CEGEP school rumours about Marianopolis.

Written by MWR author Bilal Gomdah, edited by MWR reviewer Rebecca Windheim

Marianopolis College should lower its tuition costs at the expense of the current extensive student services.

While Marianopolis has historically been Quebec’s top CEGEP, the fact that it is a private school with a tuition cost of a bit more than five thousand per year still (unfortunately) prevents some brilliant students with less financial resources from attending the college. However, making Marianopolis more accessible is challenging, as the current tuition cost covers the extensive student services offered at the college. The simple of solution of lowering tuition fees could surprisingly offer many benefits to both students (potential and current) and the college.

The solution proposed is to lower tuition cost while setting higher admission criteria for all programs. Let’s consider the impacts of both sides of this policy on the students and the college.

First, a lower tuition cost would make Marianopolis more accessible to students from lower-income families. Naturally, this would positively impact the college’s PR, particularly in the wake of an increasingly xenophobic North American society. A more diverse student body simply presents benefits on all fronts. On the other hand, higher admission criteria would lead to a stronger student body. Therefore, Marianopolis would be composed of stronger students from a wider range of backgrounds. Again, a stronger student body would successfully ensure the college’s reputation as the best CEGEP in the province, and consequently better PR. Better students generally also result in happier teachers (which teacher wouldn’t like a more capable group of pupils?). Essentially, lower tuition costs and higher admission criteria would directly lead to a better Marianopolis.22369425536_65d856bb85_h

Second, let’s consider the impacts of having a more diverse yet stronger student body. The general rebuttal against lower tuition fees is that it occurs at the expense of current extensive student services. Current student services include free peer tutoring, counselling, a writing center, extracurricular activities, etc. Indeed, it can be noted that a good portion of current student services specifically targets students who underperform academically: these are the specific services that will be adressed in this piece. With a stronger student body, the demand for these services would be lower. Therefore, a decrease of funding (due to lower tuition fees) towards these resources would only be logical seeing as there wouldn’t be as much of a need for them. As such, the general counter-argument against lower tuition fees simply falls on the basis that a good portion of current extensive student services would be unnecessary if the college’s admission criteria are increased as well. In fact, it can even be said that not lowering the funding for some particular student services would be irrational with higher admission criteria (regardless of tuition cost).

2010-11-23-12-50-14-marianopolisIn conclusion, decreasing tuition fees while setting higher admission criteria would not only result in a stronger and more diverse student body but also lead to a logical decrease in funding for particular student services as the demand for them would be lower. As such, Marianopolis’ students would benefit, as a more diverse student body offers much more interesting opportunities in terms of bonding and interpersonal relationships. Marianopolis’ reputation as a CEGEP would also improve, as the college’s students would be stronger (the fact that we’re already the best CEGEP in the province is also acknowledged and has not been forgotten).


Written by MWR writer Raymond Zuo, edited by the MWR team

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