In Newfoundland and Labrador, tough economic times have induced government to cut funding for Memorial University. This is a reasonable decision given financial challenges.

Unfortunately, the province also wants to maintain a tuition freeze, keeping fees at Memorial the lowest in Canada. This decision will hamper the university’s ability to operate and remain independent. To offer programs, pay faculty and staff, and deliver services, the university needs operating dollars.

It is reasonable for students to pay, as they benefit most from a university education. A modest tuition hike could replace withdrawn subsidies, while keeping fees low compared to other universities. This is a fair trade-off for students in Newfoundland and Labrador.