London, ON – In response to the COVID-19 related financial setbacks that families across the globe are experiencing, Brescia University College will be freezing residence fees for the 2021-2022 academic year.
“A recent survey by TD Bank reveals that almost half of Canadians have been financially impacted by the pandemic,” says Brescia’s Interim Principal, Cheryl Jensen. “It is our hope that by maintaining our current residence fees, we are helping to alleviate some of our students’ and families financial stress, while sending a clear signal that we want to keep education accessible to all students – regardless of their financial circumstances.”
On average, university residence fees in Canada will increase by 2 - 5% annually due to inflation and the rising costs of living. The increase of Brescia’s Clare Hall residence fees are nationally consistent, also raising by 2 - 5% annually. For the 2021-2022 school year, students will not see an increase to their residence fees, with students paying: $8,150 for a single room, with shared ensuite bathroom; $8,900 for a private room and $9,300 for premium private room.
In addition to freezing Brescia’s current residence fee, the University will also be hosting two residence-specific contests in a concentrated effort to boost student morale. Students returning to residence will be eligible to participate in the “Renovate Your Room” contest, for the chance to win a consultation with interior designer and Brescia alumna Jen LeClair and a $500 room makeover. To enter, students must apply to live in residence and pay their initial residence deposit by May 1st, 2021. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced across Brescia’s institutional social media channels on May 3rd, 2021.
In addition, students applying to residence for the first time will be eligible to participate in the “Key to Free” contest to win a free year in residence. To participate, students must have an offer of admission, apply to residence and pay their initial residence deposit by June 1st, 2021.
Carolyn Temple, Brescia’s Residence Manager is thrilled to see both the freezing of residence fees and the two contests come to fruition, saying, “Brescia takes great pride in providing an incredible residence experience for our students, which complements their university journey, promotes individualism and provides them with life-long memories. Like universities across Canada, COVID-19 has been hard on the morale of our community. It is our sincere hope that these new financial and fun initiatives will provide some joy and peace-of-mind after a difficult year.”
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About Brescia University College
Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,600 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities, and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. As a Catholic University College, Brescia welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room, at brescia.uwo.ca/communications/media_relations.