UNB once again reaches into the empty wallets of students. This week, UNB has once again turned its back to students by voting for an increase in tuition fees for students of 140$ for domestic students and around 400$ for international students , The tuition increase further marginalizes Indigenous students as well, who already face significant obstacles in obtaining post-secondary education, even though they are a large growing demographic in Canada. UNB has been patting themselves on the back for their efforts in attracting students to UNB, and on the other hand, UNB reaches into the empty pockets of students to take away what we were hoping to use to buy groceries or pay rent. Is UNB asking us to give up food and a roof over our head to educate ourselves? Student enrollment is already going down in the Atlantic provinces  and these changes will only make it worse. If UNB really wants to bring students to Fredericton and Saint John, it should think about making it easier for them to live. All the while, mental health issues have now become the norm on campuses across the country, with alarming rates of students seeking mental health support, some even resorting to suicide . The student debt is literally killing our youth. UNB must stand with students and address the root problem, rather than simply throw the bill on the backs of students and let our hospitals deal with the problems. Everyone needs to do their part in order to address this societal problem. The future of NB depends on how we treat our youth, and Administration and government need to take this seriously. References:  http://www.unb.ca/vpfinance/budgets/2017-18_budget.html  http://www.mphec.ca/research/maritimeuniversitystatistics/enrolment.aspx  http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/new-brunswick/young-people-mental-health-help-1.4140954
UNB GSA Press Release on Gallant Government announcements The Gallant Government has announced a new portion of their tuition aid program yesterday, Thursday, February 23rd. This includes an extension of the Tuition Aid Bursary for families with income above $60 000 as well as health care coverage for international students. The UNB GSA has submitted the following press release as a response to the announcement, citing concerns that graduate students are once again left behind by measures to increase accessibility to education. press-release-unbgsa-feb-24
There is still some of the Media Fund available with Graduate Student Association (GSA). The Media Fund is available for media/communication groups from UNB community. This Fund is given to media/communications groups to increase awareness and outreach of the GSA and Graduate students at UNB. Please complete your application and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org latest by Feb 22, 2016. Criteria for the GSA Media Fund Applications: 1. How your organization can fulfil the purpose of GSA Media Fund? In other words, how could your organization help increase awareness and outreach of the GSA and Graduate Students at UNB? 2. The organization must provide a budget in order to show their financial need for funding and their proper financial oversight of those funds. 3. The organization must provide a statement (can be included in the statement with 2nd point above) that establishes their value at increasing the overall awareness and recognition of the GSA.
The Graduate Students Association will be conducting the organizing the Annual General meeting 2015 on November 25th 2015 at 5:30 pm . Election for President of the GSA will be held during the AGM. Presidential Election: • All graduate students are encouraged to attend the AGM and vote in our upcoming presidential election (Wednesday - November 25th @ 5:30 Tilley Hall– room 125) • Every GSA student in (good standing) is eligible to vote for the president. A GSA member “in good standing” is essentially a graduate student who has paid their fees (included with tuition). If a student has a valid UNB Fredericton graduate student ID card then they are eligible to vote. • If a student cannot attend the AGM they may vote for the president via a proxy vote. • Councilors are urged to collect proxy forms from students in their departments. • Students that are not in Fredericton can submit a digitally signed form, the person acting as your proxy may print the form and bring it to the AGM on your behalf. • Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Here is the brief bio of the candidate: Presidential Candidate - Aditya Proxy Form
The Graduate Students Association will be conducting the organizing the Annual General meeting 2015 on November 25th 2015 at 5:30 pm (Location: To be announced). Election for President of the GSA will be held during the AGM. All graduate students are encouraged to attend.