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OMG: My tuition as an international student. O.M.G.

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  1. It will only get worse.
    Oh, and you will be downvoted soon.

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  2. international student here;

    YOU decided to come here... I'm so tired of other international students complaining about tuition costs.

    we have it really good here, we have services and ppl who bend over backwards to make us feel welcome and at home. that's the price you pay for a good education in Canada

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    1. If you can afford the raises in international tuition, good for you. But I didn't decide to come here for the tuition I am paying now. I decided to come here based on the tuition before raises.

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    2. I don't really give a fuck about them "bending over backwards" for the services and other shit (which I haven't really seen too much of tbh). I'm here to obtain skills and a certification that proves I have those skills. My family took a loan and sold assets to pay for this, so everything is tightly budgeted.

      Paying for happy friendly time cookie sessions should be opt-in, so kids like you who are getting bankrolled by their millionaire parents can go do that.

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  3. Your parents don't/didn't pay a cent of Canadian taxes. Therefore you are not entitled to the subsidies Canadians receive towards their education. Don't like it? Go back to where you came from.

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    1. Neither of your two arguments are valid.

      (Don't pay taxes => You pay international tuition) :
      If you add what the government pays for Canadian students, the local tuition would still be much lower than the international students' tuition.

      (Don't like it => Go back) :
      The international students' tuition is certainly exploitative but if it still makes sense for you to come, then you shouldn't complain. It would have been reasonable to say that if the tuition fees were stable. If you know what the tuition is going to be then you shouldn't complain, but the tuition is being raised arbitrarily and at much higher rates than the local tuition. An international student who thought s/he would pay 10k per term and was okay with it, might end up paying 16k after a few terms.
      Imagine you decided to study in the US, you were told you're going to pay 30k per term. You decided it's worth it. Then, you go and start studying there, but the tuition keeps getting more and more expensive. Now, you have to pay 50k per term. You wouldn't have gone there if you were told you would be paying 50k and you don't think it's worth it, but you have already spent 150k so you can't go back. Do you think that would be fair? What would you feel if you are in that situation and someone says to you "Don't like it? Go back to where you came from". Well, I did like it. Not anymore. AND I can't go back to where I came from after all what I've spent.

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    2. I was accepted to a top US school and chose not to go because of the tuition. Maybe you should have made that choice too, 3a

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    3. @3.b it's definitely not the same case. When I had to decide whether I should come here or not, I couldn't predict the hikes in international tuition. I decided it is worth it to come to waterloo based on the tuition I started with. However, Waterloo is increasing the international tuition by nearly 10% a year. That's a 60% increase over 5 years of undergraduate studies. I am not complaining that the international tuition is much higher than the local tuition even after adding government subsidies, that's a fact that I accepted when I came here, but what is not acceptable is letting students in and then raising the tuition and expecting them to pay. They can do it to incoming students, that's fair. Even charging them 150k a term is fair as long as they agree to it but increasing the tuition with no increases on expenses dedicated to international students, is not fair. They're using International students as cash cows to fund projects that the government refused to fund.

      Also, Waterloo vs top US school especially in CS is much different than my country's top engineering school vs Waterloo. The difference between my country's schools and Waterloo is so huge that you could consider the difference between a top US school (even MIT) and Waterloo negligible.

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    4. Good point. I rest my case. I'm just curious though, was this 9% hike just this year or has it been happening for a long time?

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  4. Is there anything we can do, OP, to make the uni not make such huge hikes in tuition? I feel bad for your parents paying so much.
    An open letter that we can sign?! A petition?

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  5. oh shut up, you're loaded

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  6. That 9% unannounced hike for International Students was pretty sketch though... way to be UW

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  7. The hikes should be predictable, that's all. In a perfect world, they'd be limited to inflation... but in this imperfect world, they should at least be tied to the increase rate for domestic students (currently 3%).

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