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Fees to be hiked for international students
Students from around the world choose Vernon for their secondary education, but it’s now going to cost their parents a little more.
The application, tuition and activities fees are all going up for the program, which varies from a short stay of one to four months, to a longer stay of 10 months for two semesters.
The cost for two semesters is now $21,450, which includes the application fee, tuition, placement/custodianship, homestay/monitoring and medical insurance. For the 2014/15 school year, the fee will jump to $22,500.
The district also offers, for a fee, optional programs such as the Whitecaps School Soccer Academy, RCMP Police Youth Academy, and a variety of sporting activities such as skiing and figure skating.
The program has also added an activity fee of $250.
“We’ve added the fee as it’s hard to plan for which student would go skiing at Silver Star or go to Science World in Vancouver,” said Vernon School District superintendent Joe Rogers.
The International Student Program is offered at all five secondary schools in the district, with students having access to all subjects in the B.C. secondary school curriculum.
“Mr. (Dave, program principal) Lee is in China now recruiting and has 29 kids excited about coming to Vernon,” said Rogers.