SAMHC Executive Elections 2020

Join the SAMHC Executive team! The election nominations are open until March 5th! Grab your election package from the office NOW!!!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

President

Chief Executive Office of the SA & political liaison with MHC

Vice President Internal

Budgeting, bylaws, student appeals & business planning

Vice President External

Volunteer coordinator, newspaper editor, surveys & student polls, advocacy

Vice President Community and Wellness

Planning & executing events, awareness weeks & peer support

The benefits to being a student executive are endless but to begin with, here are a few:

  • You get paid for the work you do!
    • President- $1200/month, Vice Presidents- $1100/month
    • 80% tuition reimbursed
  • Amazing networking opportunities
  • Influencing change that affects students at Medicine Hat College
  • A chance to stand out when you graduate with valuable experience on your resume

Here are some requirements of being a student leader:

  • Minimum 16 hours per week
  • Must be enrolled in at least 1 MHC credit class
  • Must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA

Still wondering if its a good fit for you? Contact the SAMHC office on 1-403-529-3925, stop by to talk to our current executives and staff or text us on our social media:

Instagram: @saofmhc

Facebook: @SAMHC

Lets talk about Sexual Health!

Let’s talk about sexual health!
The Students’ Association of Medicine Hat College is bringing you the Sexual Health Fair on February 12th, 11:00-1:00 at The Den!

You can also enter a draw for a VIP table at Banger Bingo for you and 5 friends! Banger Bingo is at the Crave on February 13th!
VIP package includes Goodie Bags, $5 Crave gift cards, decorated table and you get to sit right at the front where all the action is!
See you there!

Policy Change: Job Descriptions

Did you know that the Students’ Association is obligated to share with the student body, any changes made to our policies? Well, we just made some changes to our policies, check them out and don’t hesitate to stop by the SAMHC Office if you have any questions!

Health and Dental Opt-Out

Health and Dental Plan Opt-out deadline is Wednesday January 22nd. You will need your Student ID and proof of existing coverage in order to opt-out. Opt out at the SAMHC website: http://www.samhc.ca or come into the office for assistance during office hours.
You will not be refunded after the deadline passes, please do hurry!

Tuition Consultation 2020-2021

Tuition and Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees (MNIFs) at Medicine Hat College are regulated by the Government of Alberta through the Post-secondary Learning Act and the Tuition and Fees Regulation. The previous NDP government implemented a freeze on tuition and MNIFs at the 2014-15 academic year rates for the 2015-16 through 2019-20 academic years.Prior to the last election, the NDP government updated the Tuition Fees and Regulation with the following key provisions, beginning in the 2020-21 academic year:

–Tuition fees can be increased by the percentage annual change in the Alberta Consumer Price Index (CPI)

–Existing Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees (MNIFs) can be increased by up to 10% each year, unless the fee has reached a cost-recovery level

–New Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees must be signed-off by the Students Association.

–International student tuition is not regulated, however the maximum amount of tuition an international student will pay must be guaranteed for the standard length of the program in their offer of admission

–At least two consultation meetings with the Student’s Association must occur to discuss increases to tuition and MNIFs

–Institutions must publish their tuition and MNIFs in a public manner (MHC publishes in the Academic Calendar and website)

After the May 2019 election, the new UCP government commissioned the MacKinnon Report on Alberta’s Finances, which offered recommendations to support the planning of the Alberta Government’s 2019 Budget. Recommendations 7,8 and 9 were pertaining to post secondary institutions across Alberta and were implemented in the Budget released in 2019. Here are some points from the budget:

–Modified the Tuition and Fees Regulation to allow tuition to increase by up to 7% per year on average for the 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years, before returning to the rate of CPI in 2023-24, with no program increasing by more than 10% in each of the three years noted

–Removal of 10% increase limit to MNIFs not at cost-recovery

–Cancellation of the Summer Temporary Employment Program

–Cancellation of Alberta Education and Tuition tax credits for 2020

–Student loan interest rate increased to prime+1%

–Reduction of Campus Alberta Grant across the Alberta post-secondary system by 5% for 2019-2020 (differentially applied)

–Elimination of Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP) funding for 2019-2020

–Signals that the Campus Alberta Grant will be reduced across the Alberta post-secondary system by an additional 5% each year for 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023.

A comparison of Tuition Fees in the Business Administration Program at some of the Post-Secondary Institutes in Alberta
A comparison for International Tuition Fees and Tuition multipliers.

Medicine Hat College executives had two consultation meetings with the SAMHC executives in November to arrive at a mutually-agreed decision. Tuition Consultation meetings were held at the Medicine Hat campus on January 9th and at the Brooks Campus on January 16th. These consultations included all the information pertaining to the change in tuition rates as well as other changes recommended by the Government of Alberta. Here is the proposal for the academic year 2020-2021:

•Base Tuition for Domestic Students to increase 7% from $117.00 per credit to $125.20 per credit

•International Tuition differential to remain at 2.75 times domestic tuition

•Base International Tuition to increase 7% from $321.75 per credit to $344.30 per credit

•NISF to increase 10% from $5.20 per credit to $5.72 per credit (this will be broken into two fees as per direction from Advanced Education)

•No additional mandatory fees to be introduced for 2020/2021. If Mental Health Grant funding from province is discontinued, new fees to potentially be considered for 2021/2022.

•Apprenticeship Tuition and materials fees to increase by 7% (set by Advanced Education)

•Tuition rates for students enrolled in Years 3 and 4 of collaborative degree programs are set by the collaborative partners.

All the proposed increases for 2020/2021 are going to be sent to Medicine Hat College Board of Governors for approval. Future year tuition and fee increases to be discussed once further information is known on future budget and funding frameworks. For now, the decisions are on a year-to-year basis. For more information or any questions you might have, stop by the SAMHC Office or Mr. Sandy Henderson, Dean of Student Services/Registrar at henderson@mhc.ab.ca.

Statement on Budget 2019/20

Students’ Association of Medicine Hat College has always put the interest and rights of Medicine Hat College Students foremost and we will continue to do so during our negotiations for increase in tuition. Our goal is an affordable, incremental and predictable increase that keeps the cost of education in Alberta and more specifically, in Medicine Hat, acceptable. We want to reassure our students that we are committed to focusing on affordability and accessibility to post-secondary education with the upcoming tuition increases and other changes in the budget for 2019/20.

“SAMHC is committed to working with college executives to ensure that tuition increases reflect tangibility, sustainability growth and fairness.” -Dalton Ehry, President, Students’ Association of Medicine Hat College.

Here is the Student Leaders of Alberta Joint Statement on Budget 2019/20:

Health and Dental Opt-Out

You will need your Student ID and proof of existing coverage in order to opt-out. Opt out online at https://studentbenefits.ca/landingpage?s=76&language=en or come into the office for assistance during office hours!

You will not be refunded after the deadline passes, please do hurry!