BoG Student Rep. Nathaniel Black

Tuition Rebate Proposal

Nathaniel is proposing a bold one-time tuition rebate that would place a $1,000 credit on the payment accounts of all students aimed at providing a multi-dimensional approach to placing money in the pockets of all students.

a new approach to representing students at Carleton University

Nathaniel does not pull any punches on behalf of those who elected him to speak up and create change, meaning he is not afraid to clearly say that he believes the administration was in error by choosing to propose a budget that did not reflect the hard times we are all going through together. The university has an obligation to students. Students of Carleton University are the shareholders who invest our money, expecting a return on our investment and relief when the university cannot fully and robustly provide us with an experience that we all expect. Nathaniel understands that these are challenging times from an organizational perspective, as many institutions and businesses have had to take an austerity approach to their budget. As a result, he is not arguing that we should backtrack on our fiscal framework for 2020-21. However, the board of governors should provide students with a tuition credit style rebate of $1,000 to reinvest in those who have invested so much into keeping Carleton afloat during globally unprecedented times. BOG can do this as they do possess the power of financial oversight. 

View article by Capital Current on Nathaniel's tuition advocacy 

What is a credit style tuition rebate?

A tuition credit style rebate is a mechanism through which Carleton would add a one-time $1,000 credit to all students' account balances for the 2021-22 academic year. For most students, this would result in lower payment, partial or full removal of an outstanding balance or the personal retention of a portion of student loans rather than being collected by the university. 

Nathaniel S. Black, Undergraduate Governor

December Meeting of the board of Governors

On December 1st, 2020, Nathaniel will rise on a point of privilege according to the standard procedure‚Äč to outline a rebate credit of $1,000 to students and question why the administration did not offer tuition-based financial relief options to support students through the budget approved in July. The board may choose to react or not, that is up to the compassion, empathy, and respect for students felt by other Governors. 

Cost to Benefit analysis

Cost = $320,000 ~

There is no upfront cost to this proposal, as this credit will be a measurable and predictable future expense incurred by the university. The equation is simple and inexpensive, $1,000 of savings per student, calculated based on 2020-21 data. This investment equates to approximately $320,000 and some change. The resulting deficit can be resolved by decreasing predicted expenses, limiting departmental spending, and offsetting an equivalent amount from the auxiliary fund.

Benefit = Investing in Students

For many students, a rebate credit would result in an erasure of outstanding account balances made unaffordable by harsh economic times, decreasing long-term debt, enhancing returns from student loans, and making studying at Carleton University more affordable given a slow economic recovery from COVID-19. 

RETURN ON INVESTMENT DURING UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

Listen, learn, represent. Students want lower tuition rates.

Nathaniel has launched an extensive listening campaign in partnership with his allies across campus to better understand how he can represent you on the board. This process has resulted in students' clear and unambiguous wish to pay less for tuition during an online environment and gain a rebate on the unfair and disproportionate rate of fees for the 2020-21 academic year. It was plainly unacceptable for tuition rates to have remained the same during COVID-19, and Nathaniel respects the petitions of over 7,000 students who voiced their concerns from the very beginning.