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1,200 Conestoga students take tuition refund after strike

Last Updated Dec 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm EDT

Photo credit: Conestoga College.

Conestoga College says over 1,200 students have chosen to take a full tuition refund and drop out following the province’s five week long faculty strike.

That number represents just over 9% of full time students currently attending Conestoga College.

Acorss the province, nearly 25,700 full time Ontario college students received tuition refunds.

Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education confirmed today that 10.3 per cent of Ontario’s roughly 250,000 full-time college students asked for, and received, their money back after the strike.

Minister Deb Matthews said that figures are still preliminary and could change in the coming weeks as further numbers are reported by Ontario’s 24 colleges.

Last month, Matthews ordered colleges to refund the tuition money for any student who felt unable to complete the condensed semester.

The decision is likely to cost the schools millions of dollars which would have otherwise been saved because of the labour dispute.