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Similar to the Law and Nursing faculties, the university is failing to take into account the other costs that are associated with the program. The engineering faculty already has a 1 350$ faculty fee on top of the tuition, and then taking into consideration textbooks students are required to purchase for class each year, we’re seeing approximately another 400$ on top of that. Taking into account that the engineering program is a difficult and time-consuming degree, many students are unable to take on a part time job which leaves most students relying on personal savings or student loans. With this large increase in tuition, I believe the university should be concerned about the diversity in backgrounds of engineers that would be graduating from the program. I share the same apprehensions about elitism in the faculty as incoming  inclusion councillor Craig Fernandez, where engineering would transform into an exclusive program that would only be accessible to upper-class students. It is well known that students struggle with mental wellness while at university due to stress from academics and finances. I worry that with this tuition hike, a large financial burden will be placed on the shoulders of students and we will be seeing more people struggling to maintain their mental health during their time at UNB. The engineering profession is growing every year, and seats in the program at UNB are well sought after. Similar to Nursing, and Renaissance College, the university knows that they can fill those seats no matter what.  We as students need to have our voices heard, and the university needs to take into consideration our very valid concerns.