2008 ABS Part Time Program @ St Clair Fee Refund

St. Clair College Ms. Joann Green, Chair School of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2000 Talbot Road West Windsor ON N9A 6S4 Dear Ms. Green: We the students of St. Clair College enrolled in the Autism and Behavioural Science two year part time program (2008-2010) believe our tuition costs need to be addressed. Our first year (2008/09) which encompassed 5 courses and one field placement has cost us approximately $2,208.00 in tuition fees. We are aware that this certificate program is being offered this year as a one year, full time program with the exact certificate requirements with a total tuition fee of $2,220.00. The exact same program administered part time will cost us well over $4,000.00, double the amount of the full time day program. When we enrolled in the program for the 2008/09 calendar year, it was only offered in a two year, part time format. We understand, at the time, the program was classified as deregulated and tuition fees were calculated accordingly. This explains why our tuition fees are double the standard fees. We expect our program to be classified as a standard tuition fee, as the now, one year full time program is classified. The explanation for deregulated program tuition (as per your website) is as follows: DEREGULATED PROGRAM TUITION: Programs with exceptionally high overhead costs are offered on a deregulated cost recovery basis. Tuition for these programs is higher than the standard tuition. The standard deregulated tuition fees are as follows: It goes on to list the programs; Animation - Tradigital, Bachelor of Applied Technology, Collaborative Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Entertainment Technology, Graphic Design, Music Theatre Performance and Practical Nurse. These programs all have considerable overhead costs and the increased tuition is justifiable. As you can see, the Autism and Behavioural Science program does not fall under your definition of deregulated program tuition, as our program has very little overhead costs, hence the reason why this year it falls under the standard tuition format. We insist you review our program and adjust the tuition fees accordingly. This means an adjustment to past fees paid as well. If the deregulated program fees are going to be lifted, they should be lifted for the whole program, both first and second year. Your prompt attention to this oversight is anticipated. Failure to rectify this injustice will compel else to take this matter to the next level.

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